Climate Change and Biodiversity: The Future of Food and the Environment

ONLINE: This symposium will discuss sustainable food systems and their role in tackling climate change and biodiversity loss.

- Asia/Tokyo
Open to public

UNU-IAS will co-organize an online symposium on sustainable food as part of integrated solutions to address climate change and biodiversity loss. The event will highlight recent global discussions on food systems and introduce locally led best practices. For more details, please visit the event website (in Japanese only). 


Please note that this event will be held in Japanese, with no English translation provided.

To participate online, please register by 28 February 2024 (17:00 JST). 

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This symposium will be organized by UNU-IAS and the Ministry of Environment, Japan (MOEJ). 


Subject to change

Opening Remarks

Session 1 — Sustainable Food and Environment Trends and Initiatives

  • Togo Uchida(Executive Director, ICLEI Japan Office)
  • Akio Takemoto (Head of Programme & Administration, UNU-IAS)
  • Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF)
  • Ministry of the Environment of Japan (MOEJ)

Session 2 — Local Initiatives and Panel Discussion

Moderator: Kaoru Fujita (Professor, Green Goals Initiative and Graduate School of Life Sciences, Tohoku University/ Senior Deputy Editor, Nikkei ESG SDGs Center)

  • Yoshinori Ueda (Japan Green Investment Corp. for Carbon Neutrality (JICN))
  • Kunihiko Ono (CEO, SAKA NO TOCHU Co., Ltd.)
  • Mitsuharu Yasu (Manager of Sustainability Department, Co-op Deli Consumers’ Co-operative Union)
  • Yoshiteru Nakagawa (Secretary General, Public Interest Incorporated Foundation: Yagi-cho Agricultural Public Corporation)


  • Kazuhiko Takeuchi(President, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES); Project Professor, Institute for Future Initiatives, The University of Tokyo; Visiting Professor, UNU-IAS)


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