The Ninth International Forum for Sustainable Asia and the Pacific (ISAP 2017), co-organised by the UNU Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) and the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), was convened on 25–26 July 2017 in Yokohama.
ISAP is an annual two-day forum that brings together front-line experts and stakeholders from international agencies, governments, businesses, and non-governmental organisations to discuss sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific. The theme of ISAP 2017 was “Transformational Changes: Putting Sustainability at the Heart of Action”.
On the first day of the conference, UNU-IAS and IGES co-organised a session on “Innovative Approaches to Stimulate Low-carbon Technology Transfer”. The session generated discussion on the role that low-carbon technology could play in decoupling economic development and resource consumption, and highlighted the importance of building a system to connect publicly and privately funded technology transfers.
On the second day, UNU-IAS co-organised a thematic session on “Putting Sustainability at the Heart of Landscape and Seascape Management — Key Roles Played by Subnational and Local Governments”. The session, which focused on policy-related activities towards the sustainable management of natural resources, featured the Satoyama Initiative and its accomplishments in preserving the cultural and natural resources of landscapes and seascapes.