Future Outlook on the “The World in 2050” Project (TWI2050)

UNU-IAS, the Japan Committee of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), the National Institute for Environmental Studies, Japan (NIES), and the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) will co-organize a seminar to raise awareness of and enhance collaboration on The World in 2050 (TWI2050) Project among the Japanese research community.

The World in 2050 (TWI2050) is a global research project developed to support the successful implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. In the three years following the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015, the crucial question has become how to act on a number of issues including poverty, health, economic growth and environment. The goal of TWI2050 is to help answer these questions on various agenda, provide science and fact-based knowledge for sustainable transformation, and support the policy process for achievement of the SDGs. In order to achieve these 17 goals, the project aims to assess synergies and trade-offs and to provide possible pathways for an integrated approach to transformational challenges.

TWI2050 was launched by the IIASA in collaboration with the Stockholm Resilience Centre, the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and other institutions. Aiming to contribute to policy-making, it features science-policy coordination projects between policy experts and modelling analysis teams. Currently, a number of major research institutes in the world take part in the project, including the National Institute of Environmental Studies (NIES), Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) and the Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth (RITE) from Japan.

This fiscal year, UNU-IAS, in cooperation with NIES and Keio University, also established a new research initiative, “Inclusive Research on Integrated Implementation Methodology Towards Achievement of SDGs”, a cross-cutting effort that examines the environmental, social and economic dimensions required for integrated implementation of the 2030 Agenda.

We will co-host this event to deepen discussion on both current and future collaboration with TWI2050 project, inviting Dr. Nebojsa Nakicenovic, Deputy Director of IIASA, who has been promoting this project together with leading research institutions around the world. This symposium is held as part of SDG dialogue series of UNU-IAS.

* The International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)
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 including recipients of the Nobel Prize as well as IPCC lead authors. Japan has contributed to operation of IIASA and its research activities.

Date & Time 9 October 2018 (Tue) 13:00-15:00 (Registration starts: 12:30)
Venue Elizabeth Rose Hall, 5th Floor, UNU
(5-53-70 Jingumae Shibuya-ku, Tokyo)  »access
Co-organisers United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS)
Japan Committee of IIASA
National Institute for Environmental Studies, Japan (NIES)
Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)
Support Environmental Research and Technology Development Fund (1-1801 and S-16) of the Environmental Restoration and Conservation Agency, Japan.
Participants 110
Admission fee Free
Language English / Japanese (with simultaneous translation)
Registration Registration is now closed.
Programme (tbd)
13:00-13:10 Opening remarks
  • Kazuhiko Takemoto, Director, UNU-IAS / Councillor, IIASA
13:10-13:50 Keynote presentation on TWI2050 Project
  • Nebojsa Nakicenovic, IIASA
13:50-14:50 Panel discussion
  • Moderator:
  • Kazuhiko Takemoto, Director, UNU-IAS / Councillor, IIASA
  • Panelists:
  • Kiyoshi Takahashi, NIES
  • Miho Kamei, IGES
  • Discussants:
  • Tsuyoshi Fujita, NIES
  • Norichika Kanie, Keio University / UNU-IAS
14:50-15:00 Wrap-up
  • Nebojsa Nakicenovic, IIASA
  • Kazuhiko Takemoto, Director, UNU-IAS / Councillor, IIASA

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