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Plenary Session 1

Towards SDG Summit and Beyond: Leading Practices from Asia-Pacific

In context with major international processes and conferences to be convened in 2019, ISAP2019 will be held at the end of July, soon after the conclusion of the United Nations High-level Political Forum (HLPF) . Furthermore, the Climate Action Summit will take place on 23 September 2019. Subsequently, on 24-25 September 2019, the first SDG Summit, to be held every four years, will bring together the world’s Heads of State and Government and will coincide with the General Assembly at the United Nations Headquarters. At the SDG Summit in particular, discussions will be aimed at accelerating the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and evaluating current review processes.

Moreover, as COP25 President and Chilean Minister of the Environment Carolina Schmidt mentioned during the SDG 13 (“Climate Action”) Thematic Review on 12 July, COP25 will be a meeting to accelerate action on the increasingly detrimental consequences of climate change. Held in Santiago, Chile, in November this year, the conference will have a Transport Day, and will invite the participation of key stakeholders, including those who have been largely absent from COP thus far, such as ministers in charge of the transport sector.

During Plenary 1, HLPF participants Governor Yuji Kuroiwa (Kanagawa Prefecture), Dr. Bernardia Irawati Tjandradewi (UCLG), and Dr. Junichi Fujino (IGES) will bring the energy of the HLPF back to Yokohama through their reports and discussion. At the same time, discussants will focus on the Asia-Pacific context, providing possible solutions that can be implemented, sharing the most recent initiatives, and considering further opportunities for collaboration. The session will then invite each stakeholder (including IGES) to consider their role in communicating Asia-Pacific initiatives to the rest of the world.


Governor, Kanagawa Prefectural Government


Deputy Director-General for Environmental Policy, Minister’s Secretariat, Ministry of the Environment, Japan


Board member, United Nations Global Compact/ Board member, Global Compact Network Japan/ Chairperson and CEO, Kokusai Kogyo Co., Ltd./ Director, Japan Asia Group Limited


Executive Director of Planning, Kualalumpur City Hall


Senior Vice President, Japan International Cooperation Agency


Secretary General of the United Cities and Local Governments Asia Pacific (UCLG ASPAC)


Programme Director, City Taskforce, IGES