Japan-OECD Symposium on the Environment

Towards a Sustainable Society in Asia
In commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of Japan's Accession to the OECD

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Japan's membership of OECD, the Ministry of the Environment, Japan, OECD and IGES organised a symposium on 22 July 2014 in Yokohama, Japan.

Date 22 (Tue) July 2014, 13:30-17:45 (Registration starts at 13:00)
Venue PACIFICO YOKOHAMA, Conference Center 5F
1-1-1 Minato Mirai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama 220-0012, Japan » access
Organisers Ministry of the Environment, Japan (MOE)
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)
Language English /Japanese (with simultaneous interpretation)
Number of participants 140
Fee Free of charge
Related Event The Sixth International Forum for Sustainable Asia and the Pacific : ISAP2014
(22(Tue)-23(Wed) July 2014 PACIFICO YOKOHAMA)
Programme » link
Background and Concepts
  • Fifty years have passed since Japan became a member of OECD in 1964. The Environment Committee (present: the Environment Policy Committee (EPOC)) started work at OECD in 1971, which coincidentally was when the Environmental Agency (present: the Ministry of the Environment) was established in Japan. Since then, Japan’s environmental policies have been developed thanks to various OECD activities including environmental performance reviews in 1993, 2002 and 2010, the chemicals programme and the Council acts on the environment.
  • OECD, meanwhile, has strengthened its relationship with non-OECD member countries, particularly Asian countries, e.g. advancing relations with China, India, and Indonesia as Key Partners and launching the Southeast Asia Programme.
  • In the context of the realization of an environmentally sustainable society in the Asia region, discussions will clarify future steps to further strengthen collaborative relations with non-member countries in Asia. The latest OECD analyses will lay the groundwork for discussions on the potential role of OECD in Asia and the expectations that Asian countries have of OECD
  • To foster better understanding of OECD’s work on environmental sustainability, activities to strengthen relations with Asia, and the potential role that OECD could play in the region;
  • To improve understanding of what OECD does and its effects on environmental policies through the experience of Japan; and
  • To clarify the expectations of Asian countries and international organisations towards OECD and to explore the possibility of enhancing relations between Asia and OECD
13:00-13:30 Registration
13:30-13:35 Opening and welcome
Ms. Tomoko Ukishima, Parliamentary Vice Minister of the Environment
13:35-13:55 Keynote lecture
"Role of OECD and its recent work on climate change, environment and development
Mr. Rintaro Tamaki, Deputy Secretary General, OECD
13:55-14:15 "Japan’s efforts in the field of the environment as an OECD member country"
Mr. Eisaku Toda, Director, International Strategy Division, MOE
14:15:14:40 "What can OECD do for and with Asia and other non-member economies"
Ms. Justine Garrett, Policy Analyst, Green Growth Unit , Environment Directorate, OECD
14:55-15:30 "OECD Green Growth Strategy / Towards Green Growth in Southeast Asia "
Ms. Justine Garrett, Environment Directorate, OECD
Mr. Mauro Pisu, Senior Economist, Green Growth, Climate Change & Environment Team, Development Co-operation Directorate, OECD
15:30-15:55 "The OECD CIRCLE (*1) project: Projecting environmental feedbacks on economic growth"
Ms. Elisa Lanzi, Economist, Environment and Economy Integration Division, Environment Directorate, OECD
15:55-16:10 Break
16:10-17:40 Panel discussion "Challenges of building a sustainable society in Asia and expectations for OECD’s broadened role in Asia"
Coordinator Mr. Kazuo Matsushita, Senior Fellow, IGES
Panellists Mr. Surya Prakash Chandak, Senior Programme Officer, UNEP/IETC
Mr. Daniele Ponzi, Lead Environment Specialist, Asian Development Bank (ADB)
Mr. Priyadarshi Shukla, Professor, Indian Institute of Management
Mr. Mauro Pisu, OECD
Mr. Eisaku Toda, MOE
17:40-17:45 Closing Prof. Hironori Hamanaka, Chair of the Board of Directors, IGES

*1: CIRCLE(Costs of Inaction and Resource scarcity: Consequences for Long-term Economic growth)

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