The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) was established in April 1998 under an initiative of the Japanese government and with the support of Kanagawa Prefecture, as an institute conducting
practical and innovative policy research to open up a new era for the global environment. Its mission
as outlined in the Charter for the Establishment of IGES, aims to achieve sustainable development in Asia
and the Pacific, a region which has seen serious environmental challenges along with rapidly growing
economic development, as well as to redefine the values and value systems of our material-based society,
creating new ways for humankind to operate and a new paradigm for civilisation, showing the way for a
reconstruction of the mechanisms of an economic society.
In 2018, IGES celebrates its 20th anniversary. The Institute has conducted strategic research that accurately captures policy issues over the years, and based on the results, has carried out activities to contribute to the
formation of policies by making effective proposals. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those
concerned who, during these past two decades, have made unprecedented efforts in the establishment
and operations of IGES.
The international community is making progress on various issues, based on the two historic agreements
that were made in 2015, namely the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). However, it goes without saying that there is still a
major gap between these movements and the actions necessary for the transformation of socioeconomic
systems. In order to accelerate change, there must be further collaboration among non-state actors such
as cities and local communities, companies and financial institutions, in addition to conventional state
actors. It is also vital to co-design and co-implement a path to accelerate actions for change.
IGES formulated its Medium-to-Long term Strategy (MLS) in 2016. In the MLS, the next 10 years until
2025 is taken as the “Decade of Action” for transformation to a sustainable world, with a major goal to
envision the ideal for a sustainable, resilient, shared and inclusive Asia-Pacific region and the world,
where planetary boundaries are fully respected, a green economy is flexibly implemented, and the
human well-being is steadily improved. Positioning itself as a Change Agent to promote a transition to
a sustainable society, IGES hopes to further build on cooperation accumulated so far with national and
local governments, international organisations, universities and research institutes, companies, NGOs and
citizens, and promote research for evidence-based policymaking based on scientific knowledge as well as
to contribute to setting up an international agenda and discussion framework.
I would like to ask for your continued understanding and support for IGES research activities going forward.
Prof. Kazuhiko Takeuchi