International Day for Biological Diversity 2023

A symposium to raise awareness and deepen understanding of biodiversity issues.

- Asia/Tokyo
United Nations University 53-70, Jingumae 5-chome Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Open to public

On 15 May 2023, UNU-IAS will organise a symposium in advance of Biodiversity Day to raise awareness and deepen understanding of biodiversity issues. This in-person event will be held at the Elizabeth Rose Hall on the 5th floor of the UNU Headquarters building in Tokyo.

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ModeratorTsunao Watanabe (Senior Programme Coordinator, UNU-IAS)

14:00–14:10 Opening Remarks

  • Miki Yamada (State Minister of the Environment, Japan)
  • Tshilidzi Marwala (UNU Rector)

14:10–14:25 Keynote 1

  • David Cooper (Acting Executive Secretary of the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity)

14:25–14:40 Keynote 2 

  • Kazuhiko Takeuchi (President, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies): Pathway to Nature Positive in 2030 — Actions Japan Should Take

14:40–15:25 Presentations

  • Upalat Korwatanasakul (Consultant, UNU-IAS): Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement through Just Transition: The Role of G7
  • Unji Lee (Regional Centre of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development (RCE) Tongyeong): Empowering Local Communities for Biodiversity Conservation: Lessons from the RCE Tongyeong Sejahtera Forest in Korea
  • Akinori Osuga (Deputy General Manager Unit Leader, Promotion Unit, Sustainability Management and Promotion Department, Mitsubishi Estate Co., Ltd.): Biodiversity Conservation and Regeneration Efforts by Mitsubishi Estate
  • Hajime Yoshino (Representative Director, General Incorporated Association MIT): The Role of a Coordinator for Co-Creating Actions by Diverse Actors: An Example of Biodiversity Conservation Activities in Tsushima

15:25–15:35 Break

15:35–16:50 Panel Discussion and Q&A — From Agreement to Action: Build Back Biodiversity
Moderator: Tomoko Hoshino (GEOC)


  • Suneetha Subramanian (Research Fellow, UNU-IAS)
  • Unji Lee (RCE Tongyeong)
  • Akinori Osuga (Mitsubishi Estate Co., Ltd.)
  • Hajime Yoshino (Representative Director, General Incorporated Association MIT)
  • Mai Yamamoto (Nature Conservation Bureau, MOEJ)

16:50 Closing


The symposium will be co-organised by UNU-IAS, the Ministry of the Environment, Japan (MOEJ), the Global Environment Outreach Center (GEOC), and the Nature Conservation Society of Japan (NACS-J).


The United Nations has proclaimed 22 May as the International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB). The theme for 2023 is “From Agreement to Action: Build Back Biodiversity”.

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