Supporting the Recovery of Noto Peninsula: Building Back Better

TOKYO & ONLINE: Bringing together regional and government stakeholders, this event will discuss sustainable and resilient recovery from the 2024 Noto Earthquake.

- Asia/Tokyo
U Thant International Conference Hall, UNU Building, 5-53-70 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Interpretation provided Open to public

UNU-IAS will co-organize an international symposium on supporting recovery efforts in Noto Peninsula, Ishikawa, Japan, following the 2024 Noto Earthquake. This event will bring together representatives from municipalities in Noto and Sanriku, stakeholders in regional industries, educators, youth, experts, officials from Ishikawa Prefecture, and government representatives to discuss the following topics:  

  • Current situation and challenges  
  • Leveraging regional strengths for recovery, utilizing the resources of satoyama and satoumi  
  • Vision for a resilient and sustainable future  
  • Collaborative efforts to reflect regional needs and youth perspectives in policymaking  

Participation & Registration

The event will be held online and in-person at the U Thant International Conference Hall at UNU Headquarters in Tokyo, Japan. To attend in person, please register by 9 May 2024. To participate online, please register to receive a Zoom link. 

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.


This event will be co-organized by UNU-IAS, the Ministry of the Environment, Japan (MOEJ); Ishikawa Prefecture; Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES); Global Environment Outreach Centre (GEOC); and the Japan Foundation for the United Nations University (JfUNU), with the support of Keidanren Committee on Nature Conservation, Japan Global Biodiversity Framework, AEON Environmental Foundation and the Environment Research and Technology Development Fund S21; and the assistance of Springer Nature. 


Subject to change 

13:30 – 13:45 Opening Session 

  • Opening Remarks by Tshilidzi Marwala (Rector, UNU) 

  • Remarks by Kentaro Asahi (Parliamentary Vice-Minister of the Environment, Japan)

  • Remarks by Atsuko Nishigaki (Vice-Governor, Ishikawa Prefecture) 

13:45 – 14:15 Keynote Speeches

  • Masuhiro Izumiya (Mayor, Suzu City) 

  • Jin Sato (Mayor, Minamisanriku Town) 

14:25 – 14:55 Government Reconstruction Measures

  • Reconstruction measures by the Ministry of the Environment; the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries; and the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology

14:45 – 14:50 Video Message from an International Partner

15:20 – 16:50 Panel Discussion 

Moderator: Kazuhiko Takeuchi (President, IGES) 

  • Sayako Koyama (Research Associate, UNU-IAS OUIK) 

  • Choichiro Ohno (Notohahaso Charcoal) 

  • Junko Kirimoto (WAJIMA KIRIMOTO) 

  • Kentaro Tada (President and CEO, Tadaya Ryokan) 

  • Satoshi Kimura (Noto High School Coordinator)    

  • Nanao High School  Students

  • Nobuhiro Kido (Management Committee Member, Nanao Branch of Ishikawa Prefecture Fisheries Cooperative) 

  16:50 – 17:00 Closing Session

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