The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: Transforming Japan and the World

  • DATE / TIME:
    2016•01•15    13:00 - 18:00

    On 15 January 2016, UNU-IAS and Keio University will organize a symposium on The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: Transforming Japan and the World at UNU Headquarters in Tokyo.

    Over the past three years, the “Project on Sustainability Transformation beyond 2015” (S-11 project of the Environment Research and Technology Development Fund) has conducted comprehensive research on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and on how they should be implemented and reviewed, with various actors that need to be involved in the process, including government agencies, international organizations, the private sector and NGOs. This symposium will highlight and sum up the research outcomes of the project, and also discuss the transformation needed to realize the SDGs, as well as a sustainable society.


    The UN Sustainable Development Summit held in New York in September 2015 adopted a new agenda entitled “Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”. Centring around the SDGs, but also addressing challenges remaining from the previous development agenda — the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) — this new agenda sets forth actions for the next 15 years. The SDGs consist of 17 goals and 169 targets that address various issues such as poverty, food, health and well-being, education, gender, water, energy, cities and urbanization, sustainable production and consumption, conservation of biodiversity, and governance, as well as how these issues are to be implemented and realized in a comprehensive and integrated manner. They are an international set of goals that promote shared prosperity and well-being to conserve the Earth system as a whole.

    Each country is now facing the challenge of implementing these goals, and figuring out how to monitor their progress. What is needed for all nations, both developed and developing, to implement effectively such international goals?

    This event will be held in English and Japanese with simultaneous interpretation provided.


    This event is free and open to the public, but advanced registration is required. Please register from the online registration page.


    MC: Yumiko Nozaki, Freelance announcer, Lecturer at the TV Asahi Announcer School

    12:30–13:00 Registration

    13:00–13:10 Opening Remarks

    • Toshiaki Makabe (Vice-President, Keio University)
    • Kazuhiko Takemoto (Director, UNU-IAS; Director, Secretariat of SDSN Japan)

    13:10–13:30 Remarks

    • Masaaki Kobayashi (Vice-Minister for Global Environment Affairs, Ministry of the Environment of Japan)
    • Atsuyuki Oike (Ambassador, Assistant Vice-Minister/Director-General for Global Issues, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan)

    13:30–14:10 Report “What are the SDGs? A Road towards Sustainability”
    Norichika Kanie (Professor, Keio University; Senior Research Fellow, UNU-IAS; Project Leader of S-11)

    14:10–14:40 Keynote Speech
    Keizo Takemi (Member of the House of Councillors)

    14:40–15:00 Break

    15:00–16:30 Panel Discussion 1 “What do we know about the SDGs?”
    Chair: Norichika Kanie

    • Yuto Kitamura (Associate Professor, The University of Tokyo)
    • Shunsuke Managi (Professor, Kyushu University)
    • Hideyuki Mori (President, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES))
    • Kaori Kuroda (Executive Director, CSO Network, Japan)
    • Shuzo Nishioka (Senior Research Advisor, IGES; Secretary General, LCS-RNet/LoCARNet)
    • Sakiko Fukuda-Parr (Professor, The New School)


    16:30–17:50 Panel Discussion 2 “What should Japan do in implementing the SDGs?”
    Chair: Kazuhiko Takemoto

    • David Griggs (Professor, Monash University; Professor, Warwick University)
    • Keiko Segawa (Director, International Strategy Division, Global Environment Bureau, Ministry of the Environment of Japan)
    • Masahiro Kawatei (Associate Manager, Corporate Social Responsibility Department, Corporate Public Relations Division, Hakuhodo Inc.)
    • Masaki Inaba (Executive Director, Ugoku/Ugokasu (GCAP Japan))
    • Tomohiro Tasaki (Head of Sustainable Material Cycle Systems Section, Center for Material Cycles and Waste Management Research, National Institute for Environmental Studies)


    17:50–18:00 Closing Remarks
    Tamotsu Nakasa (Secretary General, Steering Committee of Beyond MDGs Japan; National Center for Global Health and Medicine)

    *Please note that this programme is tentative.


    UNU-IAS and the Graduate School of Media and Governance, Faculty of Policy Management, and Faculty of Environment and Information Studies, Keio University (S-11 project of the Environment Research and Technology Development Fund)


    Ministry of the Environment of Japan; Beyond MDGs Japan; SDSN Japan; Graduate School of Education, The University of Tokyo; Kyushu University Urban Research Center; Institute for Global Environmental Strategies


    United Nations Information Centre


    This event will be held as part of the S-11 Environment Research and Technology Development Fund on POST2015.


    U Thant International Conference Hall (3F), United Nations University
    5-53-70 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku
    Tokyo 150-8925

  • S-11 (POST2015) Secretariat
    Keio University Shonan Fujisawa Campus
    5322 Endo, Fujisawa-shi, Kanagawa 252-0882 Japan