World Water Day 2019 Symposium: The World’s Water in the Era of the SDGs

  • DATE / TIME:
    2019•03•22    15:00 - 17:00

    On 22 March, UNU-IAS, in collaboration with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and UNIC Tokyo along with the support of the Global Environmental Outreach Centre (GEOC) and Suntory Holdings Ltd, will co-organise a symposium in observance of World Water Day. “Leaving no one behind” is the central premise of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and the key theme of the UN’s efforts for water in 2019. How can we make quality water available for everyone? Eminent water and human rights experts will gather to discuss water, sanitation, and sustainable development for all.


    15:00–15:05 Welcoming Remarks
    David M. Malone, Rector, United Nations University/ Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations

    15:05–15:10 Opening Remarks
    Shozo Kudo, Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism

    15:10–15:15 Keynote Speech
    Michelle Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

    15:15–15:35 Keynote Speech
    Taikan Oki, Senior Vice-Rector, United Nations University/ Professor at the University of Tokyo

    15:35-15:50 Delivery of 2019 World Water Development Report
    Rio Hada, OHCHR/ Coordinator of the UN-WATER Global Campaign for World Water Day 2019

    16:00–16:25 Panel Discussion

    Moderator: Kaoru Nemoto, Director, United Nations Information Centre in Tokyo (UNIC Tokyo)

    Kensuke Fukushi(Senior Project Advisor, UNU-IAS/ Professor at the University of Tokyo)
    Megumi Michiyama (Senior Officer, International NGO Plan International)
    Koji Kumamaru (Corporate Partnerships Specialist, UNICEF)
    Mina Yariuchi (JICA Expert, Project for Improvement of Water Supply Management of YCDC, Myanmar/NGO WaQuAC-NET)

    16:25–16:50 Q & A

    16:50–16:55 Presentation on Asia-Pacific Water Summit in Kumamoto
    Tsutomu Nagata, Director of Water Conservation for Kumamoto City

    17:00 Closing Remarks
    Kazuhiko Takemoto, Director of UNU-IAS

    Simultaneous interpretation (Japanese to English) will be provided.


    Registration for this event is now CLOSED. Thank you for your interest.
    For those have pre-registered, reception at the venue will open at 14:15. Please allow sufficient time to check in and take your seat by 14:50.

    Nota Bene

    The UNU Headquarters Building is currently undergoing renovation, and the venue will only be accessible via stairway on the day of the event. If you anticipate needing special assistance to reach the fifth floor, please contact in advance.

    The consumption of food and drink is prohibited in the venue.


    UNU HQ Building, Elizabeth Rose Hall (5F)
    5-53-70 Jingumae