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CH.1(English version)

Tuesday, March 29, 2022

  • Opening

    Norichika Kanie, Chairman of The Japan SDGs Action Promotion Council, explained the purpose of the forum and emphasized "We need to take concrete actions to realize 'transformation' by each of us, using the SDGs as a guidepost towards a sustainable society where no one is left behind."

    Maria-Francesca Spatolisano, Acting UN Secretary General Envoy on Technology Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Co-ordination & Inter-Agency Affairs Office of the Under-Secretary-General, UNDESA as co-organizer of the Forum, expressed the significance of the Forum and expressed hope that the discussions at the Forum would be reflected in the GSDR and that the knowledge and experiences of the participants could be used to learn and lessons learned.

    Yuji Kuroiwa, Governor, Kanagawa Prefecture, the host city, stressed the importance of "Vibrant INOCHI" as a concept linked to the SDGs, which Kanagawa Prefecture aims to achieve.

    Kaoru Nemoto, Director, United Nations Information Center in Tokyo, highlighted that "It is local action that puts the soul the soul into the international discussion " and that she urged that everyone " continues to expand and accelerate actions" to achieve the SDGs by 2030.

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  • [GSDR Session/co-organized by UNDESA] Part1 Keynote SpeechWhat will make an impact in transforming the world and achieving the SDGs?

    After reports on the role and progress of the GSDR from UNDESA's Astra Bonini and IGS member Nancy Shackell, Kanie, Chairman of the Promotion Council, and youth representatives joined and a discussion was held.

    Focusing on how GSDR 2023 can have an impact on global transformation and the achievement of the SDGs, Ms. Bonini spoke on 1) the context and background of the GSDR, 2) the key messages that emerged from the last GSDR published in 2019 that remain relevant today, and 3) the current global situation regarding achieving the SDGs in 2030, including COVID-19 and conflict related impacts, and how the GSDR can contribute to their achievement.

    Dr.Shackell presented the draft GSDR 2023 in a chapter-by-chapter format, outlining Chapter 1, "Setting the stage: Status of SDG progress," Chapter 2, "Accelerating transformations towards the SDGs," Chapter 3, "Tools for sustainable development," and Chapter 4, "Science, Society and Policy for SDGs.“

    On behalf of youth, SDGs-SWY co-representative Moeko Onuki participated in the discussion, exchanging opinions on such issues as "how to get various stakeholders to utilize GSDR," "how to incorporate international perspectives into the local context," and "youth participation.”

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  • [GSDR Session/co-organized by UNDESA] Part2 Panel DiscussionCurrent status and future development of SDGs actions for "transformation" in light of global trends such as GSDR 2023 - What are the key points for "transformation"?

    Tomoko Hasegawa, Managing Director, Japan Business Federation, Toshio Arima, Chairman of the board, Global Compact Network Japan, Tsukasa Kanai, Signatory to Principles for Financial Action for the 21st Century/Fellow director, Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Holdings, Inc., and Atsuko Miwa, Co-chair, Japan Civil Society Network on SDGs, introduced their respective organizations' efforts toward achieving the SDGs.

    In a discussion on the theme of "How can we expand SDG actions toward 'transformation'?" participants commented the "need for a common understanding of SDG impact assessments" and "a platform for multi-stakeholder discussions".

    Professor Jaime Miranda, a member of the IGS, commented "When organizations work together in solidarity to solve problems, we can achieve many things, not just one achievement. Now is the time to take action. Let's take action together.

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  • [GSDR Session/co-organized by UNDESA] Part3 Case SharingDissemination of case studies of SDGs actions by business to solve problems from a global perspective

    Mayumi Tsuryu, Executive Officer, Corporate Development Division, Senior Officer of Sustainability Development Department, Seven & i Holdings Co.,Ltd., Kayoko Sakai, Executive Board Director, Sompo Japan Insurance Inc. and Tatsuya Takeda, Sustainability Promotion Manager, Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group, Inc., introduced their companies' advanced efforts to achieve the SDGs.

    Dr. Jaime C. Montoya, an IGS member, commented on the companies' efforts, saying, "It is also important to work with non-profit organizations to create behavioral change in the community," "Monitoring changes in social practices and behaviors can maximize effectiveness," and "Recognizing employees who have initiated sustainable activities is also recommended.”

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  • [Youth Co:Lab(UNDP/Citi Foundation)Session]Young social entrepreneurs as change makers - Making people's voices heard for a society where "no one is left behind"

    Three young social entrepreneurs (winners of the SDG entrepreneurship contest "Social Innovation Challenge*" in Japan and India), Hiroyuki Kurimoto, Representative director & CEO, Liquitous Inc., Yujin Yamaguchi, Representative director, General Incorporated Association, Sustainable Game, and Shorya Mittal, CEO of Humans of Safe Places, took the stage to introduce their initiatives and discussed “What it takes to participate in the society".

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  • Wrap-up Session

    Kazutaka Kawahara, Director, Global Issues Cooperation Division, International Cooperation Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, Tetsuo Kondo, Director, UNDP Representation Office in Tokyo, and other speakers from the "GSDR Session" and "Local Sessions" discussed two themes: "How companies can seriously address the SDGs" and "How stakeholders can promote collaboration.“

    Speakers voiced such opinions as "Youth should create a mechanism to objectively evaluate companies, then evaluate, and communicate," "Local governments should exert their power as a nodal point for stakeholders," and "A platform for multi-stakeholder discussions is needed."

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