COP26 Side Event: Carbon Neutrality and the SDGs — A UNU Forum

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  • DATE / TIME:
    2021•11•04    17:00 - 18:30
    Glasgow & Online

    This side event of the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) will engage leading experts to discuss challenges and good practices for achieving both carbon neutrality by 2050 and the 2030 Agenda. It will facilitate discussion about the role of education and capacity building in the implementation of the Paris Agreement. The event will be held at the Japan Pavilion at COP26 in Glasgow, UK, and online.


    To avoid the climate crisis by limiting the global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels, many countries have committed to achieving carbon neutrality by the middle of this century. Carbon neutrality requires a transformation of economic and social systems and commitment across society to drastic action by all sectors and actors. In this context, action towards carbon neutrality requires better understanding of social challenges such as declining regional economies, widening disparities, and ageing populations, and mechanisms to address these challenges as part of action for carbon neutrality.


    This event will be held on Thursday 4 November 2021, 17:00–18:30 (UTC+0) at the COP26 Japan Pavilion in Glasgow, UK (5 November 02:00–03:30 JST). Free snacks & drinks will be provided for participants.

    It will also be online on the COP26 JAPAN PAVILION YouTube Live Streaming Channel (registration not required).


    This event will be held in English only.


    This event is organised by UNU-IAS and the Overseas Environmental Cooperation Centre, Japan (OECC).


    Opening Remarks
    • Prof. Shinobu Yume Yamaguchi (Director, UNU-IAS)
    • Mr. Yutaka Shoda (Vice-Minister for Global Environmental Affairs, Ministry of the Environment, Japan)
    • Prof. Kazuhiko Takemoto (President, OECC Japan) [Video message]
    Framing Presentation
    Panel Discussion


    1. Carbon Neutrality and Social Agenda
    2. Role of Education for the Paris Agreement

    Moderator: Dr. Akio Takemoto

    • Dr. Hak Mao (Ministry of Environment, Cambodia)
    • Ms. Kelly Takaya King (Councilmember of Maui County,
      ICLEI, USA)
    • Prof. Yukari Takamura (University of Tokyo)
    • Mr. Alejandro Kilpatrick (UNFCCC)
    • Dr. Won Jung Byun (UNESCO)
    • Ms. Patricia Marcos Huidobro (GEF)
    • Mr. Marlex Olandiz Tuson (UNU-IAS MSc student)
    • Ms. Josephine Opoku Boateng (UNU-IAS MSc student)
    Closing Remarks
    • Prof. Shinobu Yume Yamaguchi (Director, UNU-IAS)



    Flyers for this event are available to download:







    English                            Japanese


    UNU-IAS at COP26

    UNU-IAS is contributing to COP26 through a series of side events to advance discussion and policy for climate action.

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