On 18 December 2019, UNU will host “Future Cities: Urban Development and the SDGs”, a conversation with Dr Kay Kitazawa, APiF Executive Vice President and Senior Research Fellow at the Asia Pacific Initiative, a Tokyo-based think tank. This event will start at 18:30 in the 1F Annex Space at UNU Headquarters in Tokyo.
Realising the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) requires the active participation of all actors in society, in all countries, and at all levels. This includes various local actors and decision-makers, notably local governments. In Japan, the Government has been a strong supporter of the SDGs globally. And locally, governments and designated SDGs Future Cities have been tasked with developing ambitious initiatives for sustainable urban development and revitalisation.
Yet, like other actors working towards implementing the SDGs, local governments face challenges to make the SDGs fit with specific circumstances and thus to devise the most relevant and appropriate policy solutions for them. Among the various actors involved, think tanks are playing an increasingly important role at the local level in developing government decision-making and management strategies, presenting fresh ideas and laying the groundwork for evidence-based policymaking. How do think tanks help local governments face the challenge of navigating the complex social, environmental, and economic dimensions of the SDGs? What mechanics go into the formulation of these ideas? And what is the future of Japan’s urban development in the context of the SDGs and the global community?
Dr Kitazawa will join Dr Sabine Becker-Thierry, UNU Chief of Staff, to share her perspectives on future cities and the role of think tanks in developing new ideas.
The UNU Conversation Series aims to foster audience participation: you are encouraged to engage with the speakers during the conversation and at the reception that will follow, where all audience members are invited to enjoy drinks and hors d’oeuvres while exchanging ideas and making new contacts.
Please note that this event will be in English only; Japanese interpretation will not be provided. Advance registration (by 17 December 2019) is required. Please click on the REGISTER button above to access the online registration page.
About the speaker
Dr Kay Kitazawa is the APiF Executive Vice President and Senior Research Fellow at the Asia Pacific Initiative. She oversees the overall operation of several research projects at Rebuild Japan Initiative Foundation (RJIF). As a specialist in City Planning and Management, she advises prefectural governors and mayors in Japan for the formulation of Special Economic Zone plans.
Previously, Dr Kitazawa was located at the London School of Economics and Political Science and her role involved developing international investigations on urban policies in the world’s growing metropolises. She has also worked as a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) consultant for a number of commercial and research projects in the UK and EU as part of her PhD study at University College London.
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