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, the UNU Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS), in collaboration with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, and 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.

    “Leave no one behind” is the central premise of the 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 at UNU on World Water Day 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
    Katsuhide Sato, Secretary General, Secretariat of the Headquarters for Water Cycle Policy, Cabinet Secretariat

    15:10–15:30 — Keynote Speech
    Taikan Oki, Senior Vice-Rector, United Nations University / Professor at the University of Tokyo

    15:30-15:50 — Delivery of 2019 World Water Development Report
    Rio Hada, OHCHR/ Coordinator of the UN-WATER Global Campaign for World Water Day 2019

    15:55–16:25 — Panel Discussion

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

    Kensuke Fukushi, Senior Project Advisor, UNU-IAS/ Professor at the University of Tokyo
    Megumi Michiyama, Programme Officer, Plan International Japan
    Koji Kumamaru, Corporate Partnerships Specialist (Former WASH 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 is now CLOSED for this event.

    Please note, 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 the organisers in advance at:

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

    For event and programme updates, please see the event announcement on the UNU-IAS website.



  • Elizabeth Rose Hall (5F)
    United Nations University
    5-53-70, Jingumae 5-chome
    Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-8925