Sustainable Consumption and Production
"Climate Change, Globalisation and the Vulnerability of Cities" Co-hosted by IGES and UNU
Public Seminar featuring Professor William Rees, recipient of the 2012 Boulding Prize in Ecological Economics, Blue Planet Prize laureate, and co-developer of “ecological footprint” analysis
The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) and the United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) co-organised a public seminar entitled “Climate Change, Globalisation and the Vulnerability of Cities”.
In the three years since the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have become increasingly recognised by diverse stakeholders within Japan. Nevertheless, as cities, businesses, and the general public continue to drive efforts to achieve the SDGs, growing urbanisation, consumption demands, and changing lifestyles are leading to an ever-increasing dependence on non-renewable resources such as fossil fuels.
In his keynote address, Professor William Rees reflected on such issues in the face of an uncertain future, raising new questions about the prevailing model of urban sustainability. For instance, what actions and incentives can governments leverage to promote energy conservation and expand viable alternatives, to innovation? How can circular economy approaches help to minimise energy and material demands given escalating resource constraints? Where can private investments be best mobilised to support new business models, products, and services that benefit the public good?
Professor Rees’ keynote address also focused on risks and challenges facing international cities given resource limitations, population growth, and food security issues emerging across the globe. Following the keynote address, the event invited representatives from various groups including cities, the private sector, academics, researchers, and the wider public to exchange views on Japan’s current trajectory and future implications for the promotion of sustainable cities.
William Rees is a human ecologist, ecological economist, Professor Emeritus and former Director of the University of British Columbia’s School of Community and Regional Planning in Vancouver, Canada. Prof. Rees is perhaps best known in ecological economics as the originator and co-developer of “ecological footprint analysis”. He is the recipient of both the 2012 Boulding Prize in Ecological Economics and a 2012 Blue Planet Prize (jointly with Dr Mathis Wackernagel).
|Date||6 July 2018 (Friday) 14:00 – 16:30 (registration starts from 13:30)|
|Venue||United Nations University, 5th floor, Elizabeth Rose Conference Hall Access
(5-53-70 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-8925, Japan)
|Organisers||Institute for Global Environmental Strategies（IGES）
United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability（UNU-IAS）
|Supporters||Environment Research and Technology Development Fund, S-16,
"Policy Design and Evaluation to Ensure Sustainable Consumption and Production Patterns in Asian Region"
|Languages||English and Japanese (with Simultaneous interpretation)|
|14:15-14:25||Introducing issue in Japanese context:
“Climate Change, Globalization and the Vulnerability of Cities”