International Conference Hall, 2nd floor, JICA Ichigaya Building
10-5 Ichigaya Honmuracho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
10min. walk from Ichigaya Station, JR Chuo/Sobu Line
10min. walk from Ichigaya Station Exit A1, Tokyo Toei Shinjuku Line
8 min. walk from Ichigaya Station Exit 6, Tokyo Metro Yurakucho/Nanboku Line[Map Link]
After a year of summits and consensus built during 2015, attention is now turning to the implementation of the ambitious pledges, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The often repeated refrain “business-as-usual will not suffice” has not yet been replaced with a positive agenda of what needs to be done under a global framework to achieve the goals.
As we near the five-year point on the road to 2030, the pressure is on for stakeholders to adopt innovative approaches to reach the SDGs. It is at this time that the JICA Research Institute (JICA-RI) and the Brookings Institute conducted joint research “From Summits to Solutions: Innovations in Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals” and tried to articulate approaches that could help the world reach the SDGs through innovations. The output of this joint research resulted in the publication of the volume, “From Summits to Solutions: Innovations to Achieve the Global Goals.”
To commemorate the publication of the volume, JICA-RI will hold a book launch seminar titled, “From Summits to Solutions: What are the innovative ideas that could help the world reach the Sustainable Development Goals?”
In this seminar, panelists will share innovative ideas and analysis of current situation of SDGs, and there are five panelists, all of whom are prominent in their field of expertise; International aid, Emerging countries, Academia, Business sector, and Civil society. One of those panelists
include Dr. Homi Kharas, Interim Vice President and Director of Global Economy and Development at Brookings Institution. He has served as the lead author and executive secretary of the secretariat supporting the High Level Panel advising the U.N. secretary general on the post-2015 development agenda.
Other panelists include Ms. Elizabeth Sidiropoulos, Chief Executive of The South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA), which is an independent public policy think tank in South Africa, Mr. Masao Seki, Chair of Task Force on Keidanren's Charter of Corporate Behavior, Keidanren, Mr. Hideki Wakabayashi, Director of Japan NGO Center for International Cooperation (JANIC), and Prof. Izumi Ohno, Director of JICA Research Institute.
The panel session will be moderated by Mr. Hiroshi Kato, Senior Vice President of JICA.
We hope this seminar will give some hints to accelerate the implementation of SDGs.
18:30– 18:35 Opening Remarks, Director of JICA Research Institute, Prof. Izumi Ohno
18:35 – 18:45 Introduction of the book and setting the scene for the panel discussion, JICA Senior Vice President, Mr. Hiroshi Kato
18:45 – 19:45 Panel Discussion
What are the innovative ideas that could help the world reach the Sustainable Development Goals?
Moderator: Mr. Hiroshi Kato, Senior Vice President of JICA
-Dr. Homi Kharas, The Interim Vice President and Director of Global Economy and Development at Brookings Institution.
-Ms. Elizabeth Sidiropoulos, The Chief Executive of The South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA)
-Prof. Izumi Ohno, Director of JICA Research Institute
-Mr. Masao Seki, Chair of Task Force on Keidanren's Charter of Corporate Behavior, Keidanren (Japan Business Federation), Senior Adviser on CSR, Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Insurance Inc.
-Mr. Hideki Wakabayashi, Director of Japan NGO Center for International Cooperation (JANIC)
This seminar is a T20 Japan associated event.