Steering Towards a Sustainable and Resilient Future: Beyond Rio+20

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  • 2012•06•26     Yokohama

    The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) and UNU Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS) will co-host The 4th International Forum for Sustainable Asia and the Pacific 【ISAP2012】:

    “Steering Towards a Sustainable and Resilient Future: Beyond Rio+20”

    Venue: Pacifico Yokohama

    Date: Tuesday and Wednesday, 24 to 25 July 2012

    *A pre-event Japan-India symposium will be held on Monday 23 July at the same venue

    Organizers: Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS)

    Collaborators: United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), Asian Development Bank (ADB)


    • The year 2012 is set to be a turning point on the path towards sustainable development. Discussions were held at last week’s UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) on ways to reduce poverty, advance social equity and ensure environmental protection on an ever-more crowded planet. The international community now has a shared responsibility to turn ideas into concrete actions. IGES and UNU-IAS are taking the first step towards that goal in late July by co-hosting the 4th International Forum for Sustainable Asia and the Pacific (ISAP2012).
    • ISAP2012 will be convened focusing on four timely issues as Plenary Sessions. It will examine what the green economy really means; the best ways to build communities that are resilient to disasters; the way forward for climate change polices after the UN Climate Change Conference in Durban; and as a follow up to Rio+20, how governance can be a driving force for sustainable development. Parallel Sessions will include versatile themes such as “Urban City Challenges in Asia” and the “Satoyama Initiative for Biodiversity”.
    • As part of the run-up to ISAP2012, IGES will also welcome a group of researchers from Europe and accompany them to Fukushima to carry out dialogue with local experts and citizens. This visit will enable the researchers, who have experienced post-Chernobyl Europe, to contribute to discussions on decontamination.
    • Speakers at ISAP 2012 will include Rajendra Pachauri (Chair, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)/Director-General, The Energy and Resources Institute), Klaus Töpfer (Executive Director, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies e.V./Former Minister of Environment, Germany), Miranda A. Schreurs (Professor, Free University of Berlin), Bindu N. Lohani (Vice-President, Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development, Asian Development Bank) and Hiroshi Suzuki (Professor, Fukushima University/Chair, Fukushima Prefecture Reconstruction Committee).
    • As an ISAP pre-event on 23 July, IGES will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and India by hosting a joint symposium with The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI). This event will also be held in Yokohama at the same venue.
    • This event will be conducted in English and Japanese, with simultaneous interpretation. For those unable to attend, you can access a webcast of the ISAP2012 Plenary Sessions in English at Further information is available on the IGES website.


    Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)

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