UNCRD 50th Anniversary Commemorative Symposium (Hybrid event)
23 Feb 2022 - 23 Feb 2022
2:00 PM - 5:30 PM

The UNCRD 50th Anniversary Commemorative Symposium will be held in hybrid format on 23 February 2022.

Date and Time: 14:00-17:30, 23 February 2022 (Japan time)
Venue: Nagoya International Center (NIC), Annex Hall, Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, Japan
Organizer: United Nations Centre for Regional Development (UNCRD)
Co-Organizer: UNCRD Cooperation Association
Supporting Organization: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Japan


1. Opening Remarks (14:00-14:30)
Mr. Liu Zhenmin, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, United Nations
Mr. Takeshi Akahori, Ambassador / Assistant Minister / Director-General for Global Issues, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Japan
Ms. Keiko Morimitsu, Deputy Director General, Ministry of the Environment, Government of Japan
Mr. Sinya Kato, Vice-Governor of Aichi Prefecture
Mr. Takashi Kawamura, Mayor of Nagoya City
Language: Japanese/English (simultaneous interpretation available)

2. Keynote Speech (14:30-15:00)
Regional Development and Infrastructure: Economic Growth, Disaster Resilience, Environmental Sustainability, and Technological Innovation
Mr. Mikio Yoshioka, Vice-Minister for Engineering Affairs, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT), Government of Japan
Language: Japanese/English (simultaneous interpretation available)

3. Special Lecture (15:00-15:20)
The Roles of UNCRD in Anthropocene: Transforming Regional Development for Carbon Neutral, QOL Mainstreaming, and SDGs
Prof. Yoshitsugu Hayashi, Distinguished Professor, Chubu University, Japan; and Executive Committee Member, The Club of Rome
Language: Japanese/English (simultaneous interpretation available)

4. Presentation Session (15:20-16:20)
Trajectory and Future of UNCRD towards Sustainable Regional Development
Mr. Kazushige Endo, Director, UNCRD
Dr. Monte Cassim, President, Akita International University, "Reflections on working at UNCRD"
Mr. Toshihiko Ota, Mayor, Toyota City, Japan, "Collaboration between UNCRD and Municipality"
Prof. Kenzo Hiroki, Professor, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS), Japan; and Coordinator, High-level Experts and Leaders Panel on Water and Disasters (HELP), "Activities and Achievements of HELP"
Mr. C.R.C. Mohanty, Environment Programme Coordinator, UNCRD, "Regional EST Forum in Asia and the Regional 3R and Circular Economy Forum in Asia and the Pacific in the Context of SDGs - History and Achievements"
Language: Japanese/English (simultaneous interpretation available)

Break (16:20-16:30)

5. Panel Discussion (16:30-17:20)
Theme: Ghibli Park, SDGs, Community and Life, and Future and Children
Mr. Tetsuya Okamura, Director, General Manager, and Producer, GHIBLI PARK Co., Ltd.
Ms. Midori Sugino, Deputy Mayor, Nagoya City
Mr. Mutsumi Teranishi, Radio personality (Member of Aichi Prefectural Assembly)
Language: Japanese

6. Closing Remarks (17:20-17:30)
Mr. Kazushige Endo, Director, UNCRD

Language: Japanese/English (simultaneous interpretation available)

7. (After the completion of the symposium) Gathering for networking building (30 min.)

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