Press Release:
The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) and
UNU Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS) will co-host

The 4th International Forum for Sustainable Asia and the Pacific [ISAP2012]
26 June 2012
  • The year 2012 is set to be a turning point on the path towards sustainable development. Discussions were held at last week’s UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) on ways to reduce poverty, advance social equity and ensure environmental protection on an ever-more crowded planet. The international community now has a shared responsibility to turn ideas into concrete actions. IGES and UNU-IAS are taking the first step towards that goal in late July by co-hosting the 4th International Forum for Sustainable Asia and the Pacific (ISAP2012).
  • ISAP2012 will be convened focusing on four timely issues as Plenary Sessions. It will examine what the green economy really means; the best ways to build communities that are resilient to disasters; the way forward for climate change polices after the UN Climate Change Conference in Durban; and as a follow up to Rio+20, how governance can be a driving force for sustainable development. Parallel Sessions will include versatile themes such as “Urban City Challenges in Asia” and the “Satoyama Initiative for Biodiversity”.
  • As part of the run-up to ISAP2012, IGES will also welcome a group of researchers from Europe and accompany them to Fukushima to carry out dialogue with local experts and citizens. This visit will enable the researchers, who have experienced post-Chernobyl Europe, to contribute to discussions on decontamination.
  • Speakers at ISAP 2012 will include Rajendra Pachauri (Chair, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)/Director-General, The Energy and Resources Institute), Klaus Topfer (Executive Director, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies e.V./Former Minister of Environment, Germany), Miranda A. Schreurs (Professor, Free University of Berlin), Bindu N. Lohani (Vice-President, Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development, Asian Development Bank) and Hiroshi Suzuki (Professor, Fukushima University/Chair, Fukushima Prefecture Reconstruction Committee).
  • As an ISAP pre-event on 23 July, IGES will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and India by hosting a joint symposium with The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI). This event will also be held in Yokohama at the same venue.
The 4th International Forum for Sustainable Asia and the Pacific [ISAP2012]
Steering Towards a Sustainable and Resilient Future: Beyond Rio+20

Date & Time 24 July 2012 (Tuesday) 9:00-17:30
25 July 2012 (Wednesday) 9:00-17:45
A pre-event Japan-India symposium will be held on Monday 23 July at the same venue.
Venue PACIFICO YOKOHAMA, Conference Center 5F Access
(1-1-1 Minato Mirai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama, Japan)
Language English / Japanese
Fee Free (advanced registration required)
Organisers Institute for Global Environmental Strategies(IGES)
United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS)
Colloborators United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), Asian Development Bank (ADB)
Registration Deadline 17 July 2012


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The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies(IGES)
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Makiko Arima, Communications Associate
United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS)
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