International Symposium: Developing Research Towards Achieving the SDGs in the Post COVID-19 Era
- Time：06:00-08:30 GMT/15:00-17:30 JST
- Venue：Web Conference (Zoom)
The University of Tokyo Institute for Future Initiatives (IFI)
The Japan Committee for International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)
Future Earth Japan
National Institute for Environmental Studies, Japan (NIES)
United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS)
Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN)-Japan
Environment Research and Technology Development Fund (JPMEERF 20181001)
This event will be held in both English and Japanese, with simultaneous interpretation. Please note that in order to access the simultaneous interpretation, participants must download the ‘Interperfy’ application beforehand (please see the instructions here). ‘Token’ of Interprefy will be shared by emails with the Zoom link after registration completed.
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The importance of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are higher than ever given the current and future situation of society with COVID-19.
This International Symposium is designed to discuss future directions for the research project “Inclusive Research on Integrated Implementation Methodology towards Achieving SDGs” by sharing interim outcomes with a wide range of stakeholders including those from academia, policy makers, private sector and civil society representatives. This research project was developed in 2018 as a joint partnership between NIES, the University of Tokyo, UNU-IAS, and Keio University, with financial support from the Environmental Research and Technology Development Fund.
This research project aims to assist stakeholders, in particular those in local governments and the private sector, in developing methodologies and planning for the implementation of actions towards achieving the SDGs. and the project consists of three sub-components that are (a) the development of assessment indicators, (b) government and SDGs, and (c) private sectors and SDGs.
Opening Remarks from Kensuke Fukushi, Vice Director, IFI
Guest Remarks from Tomonori Kondo, Vice Minister for Global Environmental Affairs, MOEJ
- 15:10-15:30Keynote Lecture
Keynote Lecture by Leena Srivastava, Deputy Director General for Science, IIASA “Pathways to Sustainability in a Post-COVID World: Re-defining the Research Agenda to achieve the SDGs”
- 15:30–15:50Keynote Lecture
Keynote Lecture by Bernadia Irawati Tjandradewi, Secretary General of the United Cities and Local Governments Asia Pacific (UCLG ASPAC) “The Role of Local Governments towards Achieving the SDGs during Post-COVID-19 Era”
- 15:50–17:20Panel Discussion
Kanako Morita (FFPRI/UNU-IAS)
Go Minoshima (Shimokawa Town SDGs Ambassador)
Kazu Takemoto (UNU-IAS, IFI)
- 17:20 -17:30Conclusion and Closing
Experts discussed for research towards achieving the SDGs in the Post COVID-19 society
The International Symposium “Developing Research Towards Achieving the SDGs in the Post COVID-19 Era” was held on 10 November 2020. The aim of the symposium was to discuss future directions for the research project “Inclusive Research on Integrated Implementation Methodology towards Achieving SDGs” by sharing interim outcomes with a wide range of stakeholders, including those from academia, policymakers, private sector, and civil society representatives. The symposium was organized by the University of Tokyo Institute for Future Initiatives (IFI), The Japan Committee for International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Future Earth Japan, and National Institute for Environmental Studies, Japan (NIES), with support from United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS), Keio University, Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN)-Japan and Environment Research and Technology Development Fund (JPMEERF 20181001).
During the opening remarks, Kensuke Fukushi (IFI/UNU-IAS) introduced the academic and policy challenges while identifying solutions to achieve transformative change for the SDGs. Tomohiro Kondo (Vice-Minister for Global Environmental Affairs, Ministry of the Environment Japan (MOEJ))shared information on a new pledge from Japan to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, and highlighted the re-design of society for decarbonisation, circular economy and decentralization.
Leena Srivastava (Deputy Director-General for Science, IIASA), provided the first keynote lecture on the topic of “Pathways to Sustainability in a Post-COVID World: Re-defining the Research Agenda to achieve the SDGs”, highlighting the importance of transformations in global cooperation and evidence-based decision making, the need to re-design the whole system, and ways in which to strengthen the role of the science system and research community.
Bernadia Irawati Tjandradewi (Secretary-General of the United Cities and Local Governments Asia Pacific (UCLG ASPAC)), delivered the second keynote lecture on the topic of “The Role of Local Governments towards Achieving the SDGs during Post- COVID-19 Era”, introducing UCLG and local governments’ initiatives and best practices in aligning local COVID-19 response and recovery with the SDGs, including alternative financing for the SDGs and data management. She stressed the need to transform research findings to inform policymaking processes.
During the panel session moderated by Kazuhiko Takemoto (IFI/UNU-IAS), attention was drawn to the objectives to discuss the future direction of the research project “Inclusive Research on Integrated Implementation Methodology towards Achieving SDGs” by sharing its interim outcome and receiving feedback from the discussions during the panel. Prof. Panelists included Tsuyoshi Fujita (NIES/University of Tokyo), who introduced the research project to identify SDGs key indicators and its development, applying to the model case in Shinchi Town of Fukushima, Norichika Kanie (Keio University/UNU-IAS) presented the overall trends around the SDGs, stressing the need to evaluate progress and share the development of SDGs advanced models and standard making mainly for private sectors, and Hiromi Masuda (UNU-IAS) presented research findings focusing on the governments’ actions towards the SDGs at the national and local levels, identifying qualitative criteria and key findings of the SDGs progress. Furthermore, Kanako Morita (FFPRI/UNU-IAS) addressed the need to identify and disseminate information on best practices including the role of research towards transformative change. Takeshi Minoshima (SDGs Ambassador of Shimokawa Town, Hokkaido) highlighted the challenges facing local governments, including quantifiable indicators in the review framework considering the local contexts.
The moderator concluded the panel discussion with his remarks, wishing the research team a successful completion of the research project by reflecting the insights from keynote remarks and dynamic discussions during the symposium.