Integrating Sustainability into the Post-2015 Development Agenda

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    2014•10•02    14:00 - 16:40

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    WWD logoWhile the international community is accelerating its efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015, the discussion on the post-2015 development agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is gathering momentum. At the same time, Japan’s Official Development Assistance programmes are now marking their 60th anniversary. In this context, the integration of sustainability into the global development agenda is a critical issue to consider in understanding and promoting international cooperation beyond the MDGs.

    This symposium will feature a keynote speech by Professor Jeffrey Sachs (Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University), a panel discussion by experts in this field, and an interactive session.

    In his keynote speech, Professor Sachs will address current debates associated with the MDGs and introduce the progress of the Millennium Villages Project. His speech will draw upon lessons learned from the MDGs to explore international debates and trends related to the post-2015 development agenda.

    A panel discussion featuring several other experts will then consider ways of integrating sustainability into the post-2015 development framework, bringing a variety of perspectives on the formulation and implementation of the post-2015 development agenda and the SDGs.

    Following the panel, an interactive session will provide an opportunity for participants to exchange views with the speakers, facilitating open discussion.

    Simultaneous Japanese–English interpretation will be provided for this symposium.


    14:00–14:15 Opening Remarks

    • David M. Malone (Rector, UNU)

    14:15–14:45 Keynote Lecture

    • Jeffrey Sachs (Director, Earth Institute, Columbia University; Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development and Professor of Health Policy and Management, Columbia University)

    14:45–15:00 Break

    15:00–16:00 Panel Discussion
    Moderator: Kazuhiko Takemoto (Director, UNU-IAS)

    • Mitsugi Endo (Professor, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the University of Tokyo)
    • Ryutaro Yatsu (Senior Advisor, Ministry of the Environment, Japan)
    • Surendra Shrestha (Director, United Nations Environment Programme International Environmental Technology Centre)
    • Norichika Kanie (Associate Professor, Graduate School of Decision Science and Technology, Tokyo Institute of Technology; Senior Research Fellow, UNU-IAS)

    Discussant: Jeffrey Sachs

    16:00–16:30 Interactive Session

    16:30–16:40 Closing remarks

    • Shinichi Kitaoka (President, International University of Japan; Professor Emeritus, the University of Tokyo; President, Millennium Promise Japan (MPJ))


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    Event Organizers

    This event is organized by UNU-IAS and Millennium Promise Japan, supported by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), and funded by the S-11 Environment Research and Technology Development Fund on POST2015.

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