Driving Transformative Actions through Integrated and Innovative Approaches

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Plenary Session 1

9:10 - 11:20 Room No.301+302

Advancing Sustainable Development within Planetary Boundaries

The Paris climate accord and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), outline shared responsibilities for ensuring the safety and security of all inhabitants of the planet. Since their adoption in 2015, various stakeholders have initiated actions for the swift implementation of these agreements. However, global efforts continue to vary in speed and scale, with reporting of progress and achievements often fragmented and lacking consistent performance measures.
According to the concept of planetary boundaries, several critical environmental thresholds such as climate change, biosphere integrity, land-system change, and chemical cycles have been exceeded as a result of human activity. The planetary boundaries framework underscores the importance of maintaining “a safe operating space” for humanity to thrive and prosper, calling for transformative actions that seek to harness synergies between economic, social and environmental priorities in order to realise a sustainable future. One of the most effective ways to scale up such actions involves mobilising cross-sectoral, multi-stakeholder engagement focused on mainstreaming the integration of goals, policies and regulations on sustainable development as well as introducing innovative ideas, technologies and business models. Taken together, these initiatives can support the effective implementation of goals and targets of the SDGs and the Paris Climate Agreement.
This session will examine integrated, innovative approaches that combine biodiversity, resource efficiency and climate change, aimed at realising sustainable societies within planetary boundaries. This will include reviewing relevant achievements and lessons learned by IGES and its partners, discussing practical ways to enhance transformative actions.


Director, Stockholm Resilience Centre / Professor, Environmental Science, Stockholm University

Chairman of the Board, Global Compact Network Japan

CEO & Chairperson, Global Environment Facility (GEF) / International Advisor, Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) Japan

Director, Wangari Maathai Institute for Peace and Environmental Studies

Director-General for Environmental Policy, Ministry of the Environment, Japan (MOEJ)

Deputy Mayor, City of Kitakyushu

President, IGES

Day1 18 July 9:00-17:30
Day2 19 July 9:00-18:00