On 24 May 2018, the UNU Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) — together with the Ministry of the Environment of Japan, the University of Okayama, the Global Environmental Outreach Centre (GEOC), and SDSN Japan — organised a symposium to celebrate the International Day for Biological Diversity. This year’s theme was “Celebrating 25 Years of Action for Biodiversity”. The event shared best practices for local communities to protect biodiversity, and discussed ways to accelerate such actions both locally and globally.
Taikan Oki, Senior Vice-Rector of UNU, gave opening remarks that introduced UNU-IAS’s commitment to protecting biodiversity, such as hosting the IPSI Secretariat, contributing to IPBES, and organising the First Asian Conference on Biocultural Diversity. He highlighted UNU’s continuous commitment to mainstream and localise biodiversity through multi-stakeholder partnerships.
During the panel discussion that followed, the panelists stressed the significance of local companies in making their activities sustainable. The panelists also shared the view that the roles of GEOC and local Environmental Partnership Offices as information centres and partnership facilitators are key to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
For more, see the news story on the UNU-IAS website.