International symposium

IIASA and Japan ― Future prospects for closer collaboration centering around “The World in 2050 (TWI2050)” project ―

The International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) was founded in 1972 as an international research organisation made up of supporting organisations/institutions of 17 countries including Japan. IIASA has become one of the world’s leading international research institutes, with specialists like recipients of the Nobel Prize as well as IPCC lead authors. Japan has contributed to operation of IIASA and its research activities.

In recent years, IIASA is leading the international research community in addressing global challenges including how to realise sustainable society. As part of such an initiative, IIASA commenced The World in 2050 (TWI2050) project in collaboration with the Stockholm Resilience Centre at Stockholm University, the Earth Institute at Columbia University, and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN). TWI2050 aims to address the full spectrum of transformational challenges related to achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in an integrated manner, through science-policy coordination between policy experts and modelling analysis teams. Currently a number of major research institutes in the world, including the National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES) and the Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth (RITE) from Japan, take part in the project.

With the attendance of Dr. Pavel Kabat, Director General of IIASA, and Dr. Nabojsa Nakicenovic, Deputy Director General of IIASA, an international symposium focusing on enhancement of collaboration for TWI2050 project between Japanese research community and IIASA and discussing future prospect of the collaboration was held as follows.

This symposium was held as part of SDG dialogue series of UNU-IAS.

Date & Time 31 January 2017 (Tuesday) 14:00-17:00 (Registration open:13:30-)
Venue Elisabeth Rose Hall, United Nations University »access
(UNU Building 5th floor, 5-53-70 Jingumae Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan)
Organisers IIASA Japan Committee, United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS)
Co-organisers International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Ministry of the Environment, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), SDSN Japan
Participants 90
Admission fee Free
Language English/Japanese (with simultaneous translation)
14:00 Opening session
  • Yoichi Kaya, Chair of the IIASA Japan Committee; President, Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth (RITE)
  • Shigemoto Kajihara, Vice Minister for Global Environmental Affairs, Ministry of the Environment, Japan
14:15 Keynote presentation
“IIASA and Japan: Future prospects for research collaboration” PDF(1.4MB)
  • Pavel Kabat, Director General, IIASA
“The World in 2050 Research Initiative” PDF(1.2MB)
  • Nebojsa Nakicenovic, Deputy Director General, IIASA
15:15 Break  
15:30 Panel discussion
  • Moderator:
  • Kazuhiko Takemoto, Director, UNU-IAS
  • Panelists:
  • Markus Amman, Program Director for Air Quality and Greenhouse Gases Program, IIASA PDF(268KB)
  • Arnulf Grubler, Acting Program Director for Transitions to New Technologies Program, IIASA PDF(252KB)
  • Keigo Akimoto, Group Leader and Chief Researcher, Systems Analysis Group, RITE PDF(435KB)
  • Kiyoshi Takahashi, Senior Researcher, Trans-boundary Impacts & Mitigation Modeling Section, Center for Social and Environmental Systems Research, NIES PDF(947KB)
  • Eric Zusman, Area Leader, Integrated Policies for Sustainable Societies, IGES PDF(300KB)
17:00 Closing  
  • Photo courtesy of UNU-IAS
  • Photo courtesy of UNU-IAS

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