UNU-IAS, together with the University of Tokyo Integrated Research System for Sustainability Science (IR3S), will co-host this symposium that will bring together leading experts to discuss the integration of social and ecological systems, including the valuation of ecosystem services, with a view to contributing to building societies in harmony with nature, achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and promoting sustainability science.
The event will be held in English and Japanese, with simultaneous translation provided.
Biodiversity provides ecosystem services that enable human well-being around the world, and conservation of biodiversity and ecosystems contributes directly and indirectly to the achievement of each of the SDGs adopted by the United Nations in September 2015 through provision of food and water, improved health and sanitation, climate change mitigation, disaster-risk reduction, secure livelihoods, opportunities for stronger community bonds, and more.
The Earth’s biodiversity, however, is being lost at an unprecedented rate due to rapid economic and population growth. If this is allowed to continue, humanity may soon be unable to secure a sufficient level of ecosystem services, creating vulnerabilities that could pose significant obstacles to achievement of the SDGs. Since nature presents not only benefits but also threats, such as natural disasters, it is particularly important to build highly resilient societies.
This event has reached capacity and registration is now closed.
13:30–14:00 Opening Session
14:00–15:30 Keynote Speeches
Keynote Speech I
Keynote Speech II
Keynote Speech III
15:50–17:30 Panel Discussion
Panellists (Alphabetical order)
United Nations University
U Thant Hall (3F)
5-53-70 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku