On 9 November, UNU-IAS co-hosted the side event Achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through technology innovation, deployment, and transfer at COP23, the UN Climate Change Conference being held in Germany. In his framing presentation, UNU-IAS Director Kazuhiko Takemoto introduced the relationship between climate change and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and emphasized the importance of mutual support and synergy by referring to the UNU-IAS research project on Low Carbon Technology Transfer (LCT). He raised the point that city-to-city cooperation and the Joint Crediting Mechanism (JCM) could be innovative tools for achieving the SDGs.
Following his presentation, Sum Thy (Director of Climate Change Department, Ministry of Environment, Cambodia), Dicky Edwin Hindarto (Head of the JCM Secretariat, Indonesia), Kimihiro Kuromizu (Executive Director for Climate Change Policy Headquarters, City of Yokohama), and Yuriko Koyanagi (Researcher, OECC) shared their LCT-related activities. Dr. Takemoto facilitated a panel discussion amongst all four and discussed ways to achieve the SDGs based on specific activities implemented on the ground, ending the session by taking questions from the audience.