Water Summit Spotlights Need for Cross-sector Partnerships

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  • 2017•02•01     Tokyo

    On 5 December 2016, the UNU Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) convened the “Water Style Summit with CDP 2016 Water Japan Report” together with the Ministry of the Environment of Japan and the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP). The event brought together representatives from the private sector, investors, scientists, government officials, and the general public to consider ways to promote multi-sector cooperation to mitigate water risks.

    UNU-IAS Director Dr Kazuhiko Takemoto delivered opening remarks highlighting the importance of global multi-stakeholder partnerships to meet the Sustainable Development Goals. During the event, CDP presented their Japan edition of the 2016 Water Report, summarising the state of play in the corporate disclosure of water risk management policies.

    The summit also included presentations by Dr Hideki Harada (Tohoku University) on “Water and Sanitation in Developing Countries: Development for Appropriate Water Reuse Technology”, and by representatives of two Japanese cities, Hokuto and Hadano, who discussed their activities to utilise and protect local water resources.

    During the panel discussion, Dr Takemoto highlighted UNU-IAS’s contributions to facilitate multi-stakeholder partnerships, locally and globally. He explained that, at the global level, UNU-IAS has supported developing countries through cooperation with the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific. At the local level, he stressed that UNU-IAS has engaged with different stakeholders and offered policy advice through its research projects and outreach activities. The event concluded with remarks by Mr Takejiro Sueyoshi, who stressed the importance of taking daily action to tackle global water challenges.

    For more information and photos, see the news story on the UNU-IAS website.