Zero Carbon City International Forum

17th March 2021 18:00~20:15, 18th 16:00~19:50

As the world accelerates its efforts to achieve a decarbonised society, there is a growing interest in how cities, as the foundation for society and economy, are tackling climate change.

This forum aimed to boost the work done by cities in their quest for net zero emissions. To this end, we invited representatives from various cities and related organisations both in Japan and from overseas. 28 municipalities from 15countries as well as 11 international organisations participated in the forum to share advanced cases and discuss necessary measures to strengthen city-to-city cooperation.

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Event Details

17th March 2021 18:00~20:15, 18th 16:00~19:50


United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat
Japanese / English
(Simultaneous interpretation)

Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)
[email protected]

Presentation Materials

Event Details

17th March 2021 18:00~20:15, 18th 16:00~19:50
United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
Japanese / English
(Simultaneous interpretation)
Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)
[email protected]


17 March 2021

Time: 18:00–20:15 (JST)

Opening Remarks
  KOIZUMI Shinjiro, Minister of the Environment, Japan Script
Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary, UNFCCC Script
John Kerry, U.S Special Presidential Envoy for Climate (Video message) Script
Plenary Session 1: Advanced efforts toward decarbonizing cities
Naoko Ishii, Director, Center for Global Commons/Professor, Institute for Future Initiatives, University of Tokyo  
KOIKE Yuriko, Governor of Tokyo Metropolitan Government  
David Ige, Governor, State of Hawaii (Video appearance)  
Datuk Seri Mahadi Che Ngah , Mayor, Kuala Lumpur City  
Katja Dörner, Mayor, City of Bonn (Video appearance)  
Mohamed SEFIANI, Mayor, Municipality of Chefchaouen  
Susan Aitken, Leader of Glasgow City Council  
KOIZUMI Shinjiro, Minister of the Environment, Japan  
19:05-19:20 Intermission    
Plenary Session 2: Role of cities toward decarbonization, necessity of support by international organizations and national governments
Kobie Brand, ICLEI Deputy Secretary General/Regional Director ICLEI Africa Secretariat  
Gonzalo Muñoz, High-Level Climate Champion of Chile  
HAYASHI Fumiko, Mayor of Yokohama City, Japan  
T.M. Franklin Cownie, Mayor of Des Moines(video message)  
Anna Reynolds, Lord Mayor, City of Hobart  
Anies Baswedan, Govonor, DKI Jakarta  
Shirley Rodrigues, Deputy Mayor for Environment and Energy, Greater London Authority  
Closing Remarks
  MIYAZAKI Masaru, Parliamentary Vice-Minister of the Environment, Japan  

18 March 2021

Time: 16:00-19:50 (JST)

Opening Session
SASAGAWA Hiroyoshi, State Minister of the Environment, Japan  
Ken O'Flaherty, COP26 Regional Ambassador to Asia-Pacific and South Asia, United Kingdom (Video message)  
Victor Kisob Deputy Executive Director of UN-Habitat  
ABE Shuichi, Governor, Nagano Prefecture  
KITAHASHI Kenji, Mayor, City of Kitakyushu  
16:20-16:30 Intermission
Panel 1: Role of local governments and policy planning towards zero carbon
Xuemei Bai, Distinguished Professor, Fenner School of Environment & Society, Australian National University  
Rohit Sen, Head of Climate & Energy Action, ICLEI World Secretariat PDF (2.9MB)
INODA Kazuhiro, Supervising Director, Global Environment and Energy Policy, City of Kyoto PDF (1.4MB)
Dung Nguyen Thi Bich, Deputy Director, Hai Phong Department of Foreign Affairs (DOFA), Haiphong People's Committee PDF (2.8MB)
ODA Mayumi, Executive Director, Overseas Environmental Project Department, Environment Bureau, City of Kitakyushu PDF (2.6MB)
Louise Bedsworth, Executive Director, California Strategic Growth Council(SGC)(video message)  
Frédéric Asseline, Principal Climate Finance Specialist, Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department, Asian Development Bank PDF (1.6MB)

Alex Minshull, Sustainable City and Climate Change Service Manager, Bristol City Council

PDF (1.3MB)
Panel 2: Integrated management of regional energy and resources- Promotion of local production and local consumption
Yong Chen, Programme Officer for Sustainable Urban Energy, Innovation and Technology Center, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)  
FUJISAWA Takanori, Deputy Director General, Environment Department, City of Odawara PDF (2.2MB)
MATSUNO Hideo, Assistant Director, Energy Policy Division, Industrial Department, City of Hamamatsu PDF (2.0MB)
Paul Fay, Deputy head of Department, Energiereferat, Stadt Frankfurt am Main PDF (2.6MB)
Björn Grönholm, Director of Strategic Projects, Central Administration, City of Turku PDF (1.6MB)
Chun Yu, Senior Analyst, Research Center for Green Development, Shanghai Economic Information Center  
Prima Mayaningtias, Head of Environmental Management Agency of West Java Province PDF (5.3MB)
Ephren Odiwuor Ouma, Director Petroleum and Electricity, Energy and Industrialization, County Government of Kisumu (CGK) PDF (663KB)
17:40-17:55 Intermission
Panel 3: Cooperation/collaboration between finance and business sectors for zero carbon
Barjor Mehta, Lead Urban Specialist, Urban, Resilience and Land, East Asia and the Pacific, World Bank  
TSUKAHARA Takao, Director, Department of Futuristic City Promotion, City Strategy Headquarters, Saitama City PDF (3.0MB)
SAKUMA Moritaka, Director, Business Creation Division, City of Koriyama PDF (2.4MB)
Polly Billington, Director, UK100  
Darwin Trisna Djajawinata, Operation & Finance Director, PTSMI PDF (2.7MB)

Dean Cambridge, Director, Corporate Net Zero, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)-WeMeanBusiness Coalition - SME Hub

PDF (1.2MB)
Drazen Kucan, Sector Lead / Senior Urban Development and Energy Efficiency Specialist, Division of Mitigation and Adaptation, Green Climate Fund (GCF) PDF (380KB)
Panel 4: Redesigning urban infrastructure with stakeholders
Lily Riahi, Coordinator, Cool Coalition and Urban Energy,UN Environment Programme  
OTSUKA Takashi, Joint-Director of Knowledge and Communications, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) PDF (2.0MB)
TOFUKU Mitsuharu, Senior Deputy Director, Environmental Policy Division, Toyama City PDF (2.2MB)
Abhishek Kaushik, Associate Fellow, Policy Division, The Energy and Resource Institute (TERI) PDF (1.0MB)
San In Kang, Chief Research Fellow, Korea Adaptation Center for Climate Change, Korea Environment Institute (KEI) PDF (2.3MB)
Jeroen Vandeur, Policy Officer Energy & Space, European Committee of Region  
Philip Turner, Head of Sustainable Development, International Association of Public Transport (UITP) PDF (427KB)
19:05-19:20 Intermission
Yunus Arikan, Director of Global Advocacy, World Secretariat, ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability  
UCHIDA Togo, Executive Director, ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability, Japan Office PDF (1.5MB)
KATAOKA Yatsuka, Joint-Programme Director, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)
Closing remarks
  HORIUCHI Noriko, State Minister of the Environment, Japan