International Day for Biological Diversity 2023

  • DATE / TIME:
    2023•05•15    14:00 - 17:00

    On 15 May 2023, UNU-IAS will organise a symposium in advance of Biodiversity Day to raise awareness and deepen understanding of biodiversity issues. This in-person event will be held at the Elizabeth Rose Hall on the 5th floor of the UNU Headquarters building in Tokyo.

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    Moderator: Tsunao Watanabe (Senior Programme Coordinator, UNU-IAS)

    14:00–14:10 Opening Remarks

    • Miki Yamada (State Minister of the Environment, Japan)
    • Tshilidzi Marwala (UNU Rector)

    14:10–14:25 Keynote 1

    • David Cooper (Acting Executive Secretary of the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity)

    14:25–14:40 Keynote 2 

    • Kazuhiko Takeuchi (President, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies): Pathway to Nature Positive in 2030 — Actions Japan Should Take

    14:40–15:25 Presentations

    • Upalat Korwatanasakul (Consultant, UNU-IAS): Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement through Just Transition: The Role of G7
    • Unji Lee (Regional Centre of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development (RCE) Tongyeong): Empowering Local Communities for Biodiversity Conservation: Lessons from the RCE Tongyeong Sejahtera Forest in Korea
    • Akinori Osuga (Deputy General Manager Unit Leader, Promotion Unit, Sustainability Management and Promotion Department, Mitsubishi Estate Co., Ltd.): Biodiversity Conservation and Regeneration Efforts by Mitsubishi Estate
    • Hajime Yoshino (Representative Director, General Incorporated Association MIT): The Role of a Coordinator for Co-Creating Actions by Diverse Actors: An Example of Biodiversity Conservation Activities in Tsushima

    15:25–15:35 Break

    15:35–16:50 Panel Discussion and Q&A — From Agreement to Action: Build Back Biodiversity
    Moderator: Tomoko Hoshino (GEOC)


    • Suneetha Subramanian (Research Fellow, UNU-IAS)
    • Unji Lee (RCE Tongyeong)
    • Akinori Osuga (Mitsubishi Estate Co., Ltd.)
    • Hajime Yoshino (Representative Director, General Incorporated Association MIT)
    • Mai Yamamoto (Nature Conservation Bureau, MOEJ)

    16:50 Closing


    The symposium will be co-organised by UNU-IAS, the Ministry of the Environment, Japan (MOEJ), the Global Environment Outreach Center (GEOC), and the Nature Conservation Society of Japan (NACS-J).


    The United Nations has proclaimed 22 May as the International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB). The theme for 2023 is “From Agreement to Action: Build Back Biodiversity”.

  • Elizabeth Rose Hall (5F)
    United Nations University
    53-70, Jingumae 5-chome
    Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan