Press Release

Registration Open for the International Forum for Sustainable Asia and the Pacific 2015

Issued by IGES Headquarters
19 June 2015

Hayama, Japan (19 June 2015) – On 28-29 July, the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) and the United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) will host the 7th International Forum for Sustainable Asia and the Pacific (ISAP) 2015 in Yokohama, under the theme of “Solutions for Change: Forging Multi-stakeholder Partnerships towards 2030”

Diverse and influential leaders, experts and practitioners will consider and advance key discussions on ISAP2015’s  two main themes of climate change and the sustainable development goals (SDGs), as they relate to Asia and the Pacific.

This regional forum will feature renowned international experts, including: Prof. Jeffrey D. Sachs (keynote speaker), Director, The Earth Institute of Columbia University; Prof. Yoriko Kawaguchi, Meiji Institute for Global Affairs, Meiji University; Mr. Rintaro Tamaki, Deputy Secretary-General and Acting Chief Economist, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development; Dr. Naoko Ishii, CEO and Chairperson, Global Environment Facility (GEF); Dr. Shamshad Akhtar, Executive Secretary, UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific; and Prof. Hironori Hamanaka, Chair of the IGES Board of Directors, and other leading key speakers.

Registration is now open to all participants, including those from governments, development agencies, universities, research institutes, private sector and civil society organisations, and the media.

Background:

In 2015, the global community is set to reach two major milestones related to climate and development – an agreement on a post-2020 climate regime at COP21, Paris in December, and the adoption of a new set of sustainable development goals in New York in September. It is in this context that leading experts and practitioners are meeting at ISAP2015 to discuss how best to achieve solutions for a sustainable future.

Discussions will focus on building partnerships with diverse stakeholders, including local governments, civil society and businesses, and strengthening existing structures of governance, financing and technology development and transfer, to enable a truly sustainable society. Experiences will be shared from Japan and other countries in Asia and the Pacific in addressing climate change and sustainable development.

For the latest agenda, visit: http://www.iges.or.jp/isap/2015/en/

ISAP2015 speakers include:

  • Prof. Jeffrey D. Sachs (keynote speaker), Director of the Earth Institute of Columbia University
  • Prof. Yoriko Kawaguchi, Meiji Institute for Global Affairs, Meiji University
  • Dr. Naoko Ishii, CEO and Chairperson of the Global Environment Facility (GEF)
  • Dr. Shamshad Akhtar, Executive Secretary, UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific
  • Prof. Hironori Hamanaka, Chair of the IGES Board of Directors

When: Tuesday and Wednesday, 28 to 29 July 2015

Where: PACIFICO YOKOHAMA Conference Center 5F, 1-1-1 Minato Mirai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama 220-0012, Japan

Dedicated ISAP site: http://www.iges.or.jp/isap/2015/en/

Deadline for registration: 17 July 2015

For inquiries, contact the ISAP Secretariat: isap2015@iges.or.jp; phone: +81-(0)46-855-3700; fax: +81-(0)46-855-3809

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