Climate Change, Biodiversity Loss and Pollution — Promoting Synergy Approaches to Address the Three Environmental Crises

TOKYO & ONLINE: This event will discuss the implementation status of the SDGs, and highlight synergies and best practices to promote further action.

- Asia/Tokyo
Elizabeth Rose Hall, UNU Building, 5-53-70 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Interpretation provided Open to public

UNU-IAS will co-organize a public event as part of an expert meeting to assess progress on SDG 13 (climate action) and strategize recommendations to accelerate action. The event will explore the latest developments toward achieving the SDGs by highlighting synergistic actions and introducing best practices. It will promote further action for implementation by multiple stakeholders focusing on environmental aspects and strengthening synergies.  

Participation & Registration

The event will be held online and in-person at the Elizabeth Rose Hall at UNU Headquarters in Tokyo, Japan. To attend in person, please register by 3 March 2024 (18:00 JST). To participate online, please register by 6 March 2024 (12:00 JST). 

Please note that participants in UNU events may appear in photography, screen captures, videos and/or audio (see disclaimer). 


This event will be held in English and Japanese with simultaneous interpretation provided.


This event will be co-organized by UNU-IAS, the Ministry of Environment, Japan (MOEJ) and the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES).


Subject to change 

Opening Remarks 

Special Address 

  • United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) 
  • United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) 


  • Luis Gomez Echeverri (Emeritus Research Scholar, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA); Co-Chair, Expert Group on Climate and SDG Synergies): Promoting Synergies between the Paris Agreement and the SDGs

Panel Discussion — How to Promote the Synergy Approach 

Moderator: Kazuhiko Takeuchi (Visiting Professor, UNU-IAS; President, IGES) 

  • Junichi Fujino (Programme Director, IGES): Local and Global Trends on Strengthening SDG Synergies
  •  MOEJ (TBD): Project Report on SDG Synergies
  •  Local government representative: Initiatives on SDG Synergies 1
  • Private Sector representative: Initiatives on SDG Synergies 2


For more details and the latest version of the programme, please visit the IGES website


On 4–6 March 2024, the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will convene experts from think tanks, academia, NGOs, the private sector and governments, as well as from the UN system and other international organizations, in preparation for the review of SDG 13 ahead of the annual assessment on the progress of the SDGs to take place at the UN High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) in July 2024. Further details are available on the UNDESA website


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