Synergies for Sustainability: Celebrating 10 Years of UNU-IAS

TOKYO: This event will explore the key achievements and impacts of the institute since its founding in 2014.

- Asia/Tokyo
Tokyo National Museum, 13-9 Uenokoen, Taito City, Tokyo
Interpretation provided Open to public
UNU-IAS 10th Anniversary

UNU-IAS has advanced progress on global sustainability through a decade of innovative, policy-oriented research, education and capacity development. Celebrating the institute’s 10th anniversary, this event will explore the key achievements and impacts of this work — and look ahead to emerging issues on the global sustainability agenda. 

Focusing on synergies, the event will discuss the integrated, science-based solutions that are needed to achieve the SDGs and overcome the interlinked crises of climate change and biodiversity loss. It will examine how sustainability policy has evolved, and envision a future agenda for collaborative research and education to address pressing challenges such as planetary health and human well-being.  

Participation & Registration 

This event is open to the public and will be held at the Heiseikan Auditorium in Tokyo National Museum. Please register in advance using the online registration form. Please note that entering the venue requires purchasing admission to the Tokyo National Museum (JPY 1,000). 

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.


13:00 – 13:10 Opening

  • Video screening: “A Decade of Innovation, Collaboration and Impact” (UNU-IAS Achievements & Outputs, 2014–2024) 

13:10 – 13:30 Welcome Remarks 

  • Tshilidzi Marwala (UNU Rector and Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations) 
  • Masaaki Kanai (Director-General for Cultural Affairs / Assistant Minister (Ambassador), Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA))
  • Masami Watanabe (Director-General for International Affairs / Assistant Minister, Ministry for Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT)) 
  • Yasuyuki Hata (Director-General, Global Environment Bureau, Ministry of the Environment (MOEJ))

13:30 – 14:40 Synergies: A Journey to Putting SDG Progress on Track  

Moderator: Jonghwi Park (Academic Programme Officer, UNU-IAS) 

  • Kazuhiko Takemoto (President, Overseas Environmental Cooperation Center; Former Director, UNU-IAS) — video message
  • Akio Takemoto (Head of Programme and Administration, UNU-IAS)  
  • Tsunao Watanabe (Senior Programme Coordinator, UNU-IAS)
  • Fatima Denton (Director, UNU-INRA)  
  • Melissa Goodall (Yale University; UNU-IAS Board Member) 

14:40 – 15:50 The Future of Sustainability in the Anthropocene: A Human Security Approach to Planetary Health and Well-being  

Moderator: Yasushi Katsuma (Academic Director, UNU-IAS) 

  • Xiaomeng Shen (Vice-Rector in Europe, UNU; Director, UNU-EHS) 
  • Kazuhiko Takeuchi (President, IGES) 
  • Taikan Oki (Special Advisor to the President, The University of Tokyo) 
  • Shinobu Yume Yamaguchi (Director, UNU-IAS) 

15:50 – 16:00 Closing 


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