TOKYO FORUM 2019 Shaping the Future

Parallel Session 1

Theme

Trans-local Approaches to Sustainability
- An Innovative Collaboration Scheme in the Era of SDGs
DATE
Saturday 7, December
TIME
10:00-17:00
VENUE
Faculty of Science Chemistry Bldg, Auditorium
LANGUAGE
English
SESSION COORDINATOR
Session Concept
“Think Globally, Act Locally” is a common saying. However, local values and interests are quite diverse and they are not always compatible with global sustainability thinking and policies. In the present session, we will discuss the relationship between global sustainability common to the whole humanity and local sustainability influenced by specific and diverse local conditions. Here, locality does not necessarily mean cultural or regional locality, but also disciplinary, religious, or professional/sectorial locality. A key feature of this session is that we try to invite new generation researchers who are actively working on a local or specific issue related to sustainability, and recognized as new leaders in that field. We also try to create a new collaborative scheme among these researchers.
Key Questions
  1. What are possible common values that may be acceptable both for diverse local communities and for humanity as a whole to achieve sustainable society?
  2. Are indigenous knowledge and endogenous local values that have been cultivated through the long history of a community compatible with global sustainability thinking?
  3. SDGs are holistic goals for the entire humanity. Actual actions on the local level may be organized according to the local contexts. How should we manage the process towards sustainability without excluding diverse localities?
Format of Session
This full-day session consists of an introduction session, two sub-sessions and a concluding session. Each of the sub-sessions is represented by selected new generation researchers from different regions and disciplines who focus on sustainability aspects of certain local problems. An overall discussion session will be conducted among the presenters and some renowned commentators, followed by an open discussion with the floor. Invited speakers should be selected so that cultural, regional, and disciplinary diversity can be properly maintained. Presenters will be invited both from natural and social sciences and also from various regions in the world through The University of Tokyo’s strong academic network including IARU (International Alliance of Research Universities).

Agenda

Introductory Session
10:00- Introduction to the session
Session Coordinator: Mino Takashi (Professor, Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, The University of Tokyo)
10:05- Keynote Presentation 1
Sato Jin (Professor, Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia, The University of Tokyo; Special Adviser to the President of the University of Tokyo)
10:25- Introduction to the concept of “Trans-local approaches”
Kudo Shogo (Research Associate, Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, The University of Tokyo)
Sub-session 1 – Trans-disciplinary and Trans-sectorial Perspectives
10:40- Chair of Sub-session
Zainal Abidin Sanusi (Director, Sejahtera Centre for Sustainability and Humanity, International Islamic University Malaysia)
10:55- Invited Speaker 1
Daniel Adshead (University of Oxford)
11:10- Invited Speaker 2
Lee Whanhee (Department of Public Health, Seoul National University)
11:25- Invited Speaker 3
Maya Prabhu (Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Yale University)
11:40- Commentator 1
Rebeca Grynspan (Secretary-General, Secretaría General Iberoamericana; Former Vice-President of Costa Rica)
11:45- Discussion
Sub-session 2 – Regional and Cultural Perspectives
13:30- Keynote Presentation 2
Jung Tae-Yong (Professor, Graduate School of International Studies, Yonsei University)
13:45- Chair of Sub-session
Barry Ness (Associate Professor, Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies)
14:00- Invited Speaker 4
Kikuchi Yasunori (Associate Professor, Institute for Future Initiatives, The University of Tokyo)
14:15- Invited Speaker 5
Elaine Govender (Lecturer, Department of Chemical Engineering, Universirty of Cape Town)
14:30- Invited Speaker 6
Drielli Peyerl (Researcher, Institute of Energy and Environment and Research Center for Gas Innovation, University of São Paulo)
14:45- Invited Speaker 7
Warathida Chaiyapa (Lecturer, School of Public Policy, Chiang Mai University)
15:00- Invited Speaker 8
James Prest (Senior Lecturer, College of Law, Australian National University)
15:15- Commentator 3
Helen Clark (Former Prime Minister of New Zealand; Former Administrator of UNDP)
15:20- Commentator 4
Oki Taikan (Senior Vice-Rector, United Nations University)
15:25- Discussion
Concluding Session
16:05- Chair of Closing Session
Sato Jin (Professor, Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia, The University of Tokyo; Special Adviser to the President of the University of Tokyo)
16:10- Summary from Sub-session 1
Cao Vu Quynh Anh (PhD Student, The University of Tokyo)
16:15- Summary from Sub-session 2
Nikolaos Iliopoulos (PhD Student, The University of Tokyo)
16:20- Open Discussion initiated by overall comments by Commentators
16:45- Proposal for Future Work
Barry Ness (Associate Professor, Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies)
16:50- Summary and Conclusions
Sato Jin (Professor, Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia, The University of Tokyo; Special Adviser to the President of the University of Tokyo)
17:00- End of Session
Session Coordinator: Mino Takashi (Professor, Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, The University of Tokyo)

Speakers and Commentators

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