The Role of Science in Building a Sustainable Society

TOKYO: This event will discuss interdisciplinary cooperation and citizen participation for achieving the SDGs.

- Asia/Tokyo
UNU HQ 5-53-70 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Interpretation provided Open to public

UNU-IAS will co-organize a symposium on the role of science and individual action in creating sustainable societies. The event will bring together experts and practitioners working on water, marine and biodiversity issues to discuss interdisciplinary cooperation and citizen participation for achieving the SDGs.

Participation & Registration

The symposium will take place in the U Thant International Conference Hall at UNU Headquarters in Tokyo, Japan. To participate, please register in advance.

The event will also be live-streamed on the UNU-IAS YouTube channel.

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


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


10:00–13:00 Morning Session 

Opening Remarks

  • Shinobu Yume Yamaguchi (Director UNU-IAS)
  • Masami Watanabe (Director-General of International Affairs, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT); Secretary-General of Japanese National Commission for UNESCO)

Keynote Speech

  • Maki Hayashikawa (Director, UNESCO Regional Office in Jakarta)



  • Taikan Oki (Professor, Graduate School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo; Chair of Science Subcommittee, Japanese National Commission for UNESCO)
  • Michiru Sasagawa (Director, NPO People for Rainwater; Senior Fellow, The Tokyo Foundation for Policy Research)


  • Yutaka Michida (Professor, Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute, The University of Tokyo; Chairperson of UNESCO Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC))
  • Akira Sakano (Representative Director, Zero Waste Japan, Director and Chief Sustainability Officer, ECOMMIT Co., Ltd.)


  • Tsunao Watanabe (Senior Programme Coordinator, UNU-IAS)
  • Yasuhiro Meguro (Director, Office of Tadami UNESCO BR, Tadami Town)

Panel Discussion

Moderator: Kazuhiro Yoshida (Professor, IDEC Institute CICE, Hiroshima University)


14:30–17:00 Afternoon Session



  • Shinjiro Kanae (Professor, School of Environment and Society, Tokyo Institute of Technology)


  • Kaoru Nakata Executive Director (Japan Fisheries Research and Education Agency)


Climate Change and Governance

Roundtable Discussion

Moderator: Yutaka Michida


This event is organized by UNU-IAS and the Japan Foundation for United Nations University (jfUNU).

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