Developing Research Towards Achieving the SDGs in the Post-COVID-19 Era

UNU-IAS will host a webinar on research development towards achieving the SDGs to assist stakeholders in local governments and the private sector.

- Asia/Tokyo


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.


Web Conference (Zoom). Once registration has been accepted, participants will receive an invitation email with Zoom meeting URL.


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). The ‘Token’ of Interprefy will be shared by emails with the Zoom link after registration completed.


Maximum 300 (The registration will be closed when reaches the capacity) 


The University of Tokyo Institute for Future Initiatives (IFI)


The Japan Committee for International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Future Earth Japan, and the National Institute for Environmental Studies, Japan (NIES)


  • United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS)
  • Keio University
  • Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN)-Japan,
  • Environment Research and Technology Development Fund (JPMEERF 20181001)

Contact Address

Email: SDGs-sympo2020@nies.go.jp


15:00 Opening Remarks from Kensuke Fukushi, Vice Director, IFI

Guest Remarks from Tomohiro Kondo, Vice Minister for Global Environmental Affairs, MOEJ

15:10 - 15:30 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 – 15:50 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 – 17:20 Panel Discussion


  • Tsuyoshi Fujita (University of Tokyo/ NIES)
  • Norichika Kanie (Keio University)
  • Hiromi Masuda (UNU-IAS)


  • Kanako Morita (FFPRI/UNU-IAS)
  • Takeshi Minoshima (Shimokawa Town SDGs Ambassador)
  • Moderator: Kazu Takemoto (UNU-IAS, IFI)

17:20 -17:30 Conclusion and Closing

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