International Symposium on Sustainability Science 2015

  • DATE / TIME:
    2015•01•24    10:00 - 17:10

    On 24 January 2015 the UNU Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability will host the International Symposium on Sustainability Science: Creation of a Sustainable Society in Harmony with Nature in Tokyo. The symposium will explore insights from sustainability science on the transition to a green economy, and its role in achieving a sustainable society in balance with nature.

    The symposium will feature a keynote speech by Sir Partha Sarathi Dasgupta (Professor Emeritus, University of Cambridge) and plenary speeches by Abdul Hamid Zakri (Chair, Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity & Ecosystem Services, IPBES), Harold Mooney (Professor, Stanford University) and other leading experts.

    This event will be co-organized by UNU-IAS, the Sustainability Science Consortium and the Integrated Research System for Sustainability Science of The University of Tokyo, and supported by the Japan Science and Technology Agency.

    Simultaneous Japanese–English interpretation will be provided at this symposium.


    Registration is free and open to the public. To register, visit the symposium website.

    Please note that the registration website will be available from 22 December 2014.


    Please note that presentation titles are subject to change.

    10:00 Opening Remarks / Welcome

    • David M. Malone (Rector, UNU)

    10:10 Keynote Speech

    • Sir Partha Sarathi Dasgupta (Frank Ramsey Professor Emeritus of Economics, University of Cambridge)

      “Well-being in the Green Economy”

    10:50 Plenary Speech

    • Anantha Duraiappah (Director, Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (MGIEP)/UNESCO)

      “Inclusive Wealth Index”

    • Kazuhiro Ueta (Vice President, Kyoto University)

      “Inclusive Wealth and Sustainable Development”

    11:20 Questions and Answers

    11:50 Plenary Speech

    • Zakri Abdul Hamid (Chair, Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity & Ecosystem Services, IPBES Science Adviser to the Prime Minister of Malaysia

      Presentation title not yet available

    12:10 Plenary Speech

    • Koichi Obara (Vice Chairman, Keidanren Committee on Nature Conservation; President, Maeda Corporation)

      “The Environmental Management for Sustainable Society”

    11:30 Questions and Answers

    13:00 Lunch Break

    14:00 Plenary Speech

    • Harold Mooney (Paul S. Achilles Professor of Environmental Biology, Stanford University)

      Presentation title not yet available

    14:20 Plenary Speech

    • Eduardo Brondizio (Professor, Indiana University)

      “From Sustainable Land Use to Sustainable Rural Economies: Innovations and Structural Constraints”

    14:40 Questions and Answers

    15:10 Panel Discussion

    Chair: Kazuhiko Takeuchi (Senior Vice-Rector, UNU; Director, Integrated Research

    System for Sustainability Science (IR3S), the University of Tokyo)


    • Sander van der Leeuw (Professor, Arizona State University)
    • Anne-Helene Prieur Richard (Executive Director, Diversitas)
    • Fumiko Kasuga (Director, Division of Safety Information on Drug, Food and Chemicals, National Institute of Health Sciences)
    • Pier Francesco Rimbotti (Chairman & CEO, Infrastrutture SpA)
    • Toshio Arima (Chairman of the Board, Global Compact Japan Network; Executive Adviser, Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.)
    • Fabio Orecchini (Professor, University of Rome La Sapienza)

    17:10 Closing

    • Akimasa Sumi (President, National Institute for Environmental Studies, Japan)

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