On 16 April 2016, an SDSN Japan symposium on Mainstreaming Sustainable Development: Toward the 2016 G7 Summit and Beyond will be held at UNU Headquarters in Tokyo.
The new global 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was adopted by UN Member States in September 2015. The International community has already started implementing the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that are at the core of the 2030 Agenda. This year’s G7 Summit will be a prime opportunity for world leaders to show their commitment to implementation of the SDGs. It is crucial that G7 members play a leading role in implementation, with the SDGs applying to all countries as a comprehensive and universal set of goals. In light of this, it is also very important that Japan, as the current holder of the G7 presidency and host of the 2016 summit, takes the initiative in addressing this important political agenda.
This symposium will discuss how G7 members can play a leading role in the effective implementation of the SDGs, with an emphasis on Japan as the holder of the G7 presidency. SDSN Japan is developing policy recommendations for G7 members to contribute to high-level policy discussions as part of the G7 Summit process this year.
A panel discussion will further elaborate the background to these policy recommendations, and also explore future actions and commitments by a range of different stakeholders for implementing the SDGs.
This event will be held in Japanese with simultaneous interpretation into English.
This event is free and open to the public, but advanced registration is required. To regsiter, please visit the SDSN Japan website.
The Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) is a global network of academic institutions, business and civil societies and other stakeholders, which was launched in 2012 by the United Nations Secretary-General to help find solutions for sustainable development. SDSN Japan was launched last July as a hub of the global network.
14:00–14:30 Opening Session
Hamanaka Hironori (SDSN Japan Council Chair)
Representatives of the Government of Japan
14:30–15:00 Keynote Speech (1): Global Development of the SDGs and Future Perspectives (tbc)
Jeffrey Sachs (Director of SDSN (Video)) (tbc)
15:00–15:30 Keynote Speech (2): SDSN Japan’s Policy Recommendations for Mainstreaming SDGs
Kazuhiko Takeuchi (Senior Vice-Rector of UNU; SDSN Japan Council Vice-Chair; Professor, The University of Tokyo)
15:45–17:30 Panel Discussion: Future Actions and Commitments for Implementing the SDGs
Moderator: Hiroko Kuniya
UNU Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS)
Institute for Global Environment Strategies (IGES)
Keio Research institute at SFC
Global Environment Outreach Centre (GEOC)
United Nations University Headquarters, U Thant Hall
Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-8925