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ISAP2024 Overall Theme

Taking an Integrated Approach to Overcome the Triple Planetary Crisis

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23 July 2024

Concept Note

ISAP2024 Overall Theme

"Taking an Integrated Approach to Overcome the Triple Planetary Crisis"

The world is now facing a critical question: how can we effectively address the triple planetary crisis of climate change, biodiversity loss and environmental pollution to achieve a sustainable society?

Recent efforts to answer this question have mainly focused on achieving separate targets in line with the Paris Agreement, the Kunming-Montreal Biodiversity Framework and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). While there have been increasingly ambitious responses to individual global targets, progress has been too slow and fragmented. In the meantime, a growing body of evidence has shown that one key way to addressing climate change, biodiversity loss, and pollution is to identify actions that maximise synergies and minimise trade-offs between the various global targets. Simply stated, we need integrated solutions to deal with climate change, biodiversity loss, environmental pollution and other challenges to sustainable development.

The good news is that this message is being heard. For example, several areas in Japan have adopted the Regional Circulating and Ecological Sphere (Regional-CES) to help localise the SDGs, optimise rural and urban resource flows, and harmonise relationships between nature and humanity. We have seen that the business community has sought to use market-based mechanisms not only to mitigate climate change but also to preserve ecosystems. In addition, young people continue to be agents of change in seeking environmental and socially sustainable solutions to complex problems.

This year's International Forum on Sustainable Asia and the Pacific (ISAP), now in its 16th year, will showcase how these and other examples of an integrated approach are addressing the triple planetary crisis. ISAP will also consider how integration can influence a wider range of decisions in the Asia-Pacific and pave the way for transformative change globally.

Opening Session (OP)
Opening remarks from organiser and partners

  • 9:00 - 9:10
  • 503 + Online
  • Simultaneous interpretation
Guest Remarks
TBD, Kanagawa Prefectural Government
Welcome Remarks
TAKEUCHI Kazuhiko, President, IGES

Special Session (SS)

  • 9:10 - 9:40
  • 503 + Online
  • Simultaneous interpretation
TBD, Ministry of the Environment, Japan
Luis Gomez-Echeverri, Emeritus Research Scholar at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) / Co-Lead of the Expert Group on Climate and SDG Synergy
Eric ZUSMAN, Research Leader, Integrated Sustainability Centre, IGES

Plenary Sessions (PL)

1
  • 9:40 - 10:40
  • 503 + Online
  • Simultaneous interpretation

High Integrity Carbon Markets to Achieve Net-Zero by 2050: Status and Practices

As the impacts of climate change become more extreme, there is an urgent need to mobilise finance and technology from the private sector through international cooperation to achieve net-zero (reducing global emissions to zero) by 2050...

2
  • 10:50 - 11:40
  • 503 + Online
  • Simultaneous interpretation

Biodiversity Assessment – Linking Global to Local

The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), established in 2012, has changed the way the world sees biodiversity assessment. IPBES has produced multiple global reports on various aspects...

3
  • 13:00 - 13:50
  • 503 + Online
  • Simultaneous interpretation

Current Status of International Negotiations on the Global Plastic Treaty and the Way Forward

There are ongoing international negotiations to establish a global treaty to tackle plastic pollution which is expected to be agreed by the end of this year. The Fifth session of the Intergovernmental Negotiation Committee (INC5) on the...

4
  • 14:00 - 15:20
  • 503 + Online
  • Simultaneous interpretation

Local Government-Led Pathways to Resilient Society: Leveraging the CES Approach

The ambitions of the 2030 Agenda, the Paris Agreement and other global goals have defined actionable plans and targets for the peace and prosperity of human societies and the planet. However, the effective translation of global sustainability...

Closing Session (CL)

  • 17:45 - 17:50
  • 503 + Online
  • Simultaneous interpretation
Closing Remarks
TAKAHASHI Yasuo, Executive Director, IGES

About ISAP

The International Forum for Sustainable Asia and the Pacific (ISAP) is held annually to share information and facilitate diverse discussions on sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific, with the participation of front-line experts and diverse stakeholders from international organisations, governments, business and NGOs. The Forum has been providing venues for up-to-date discussions with experts and diverse stakeholders from international organisations, governments, business and NGOs and knowledge/information sharing with a wide range of practitioners.

Previous ISAP

Access

PACIFICO YOKOHAMA, Conference Center 5F

1-1-1 Minato Mirai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama 220-0012, Japan
Information: Tel +81-45-221-2155

Access Map (PACIFICO YOKOHAMA Website)

Access from the nearest stations

8-minute walk from Minato Mirai Station (Minato Mirai Line)

From Sakuragicho Station (JR or Subway): 15 minutes walk, 11 minutes by bus or 5 minutes by taxi

From Yokohama Station: 10 minutes by taxi or 10 minutes by Sea Bass (boat)

Supporters

  • Ministry of the Environment, Japan
  • ICLEI Japan Office, ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability

ISAP2024 Secretariat

Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)

2108-11 Kamiyamaguchi, Hayama, Kanagawa, 240-0115 Japan
TEL: +81-46-855-3720 | E-mail: isap2024-info@iges.or.jp

© Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES).

ISAP2024 Overall Theme

Taking an Integrated Approach to Overcome the Triple Planetary Crisis

Save the Date
23 July 2024

Concept Note

ISAP2024 Overall Theme

"Taking an Integrated Approach to Overcome the Triple Planetary Crisis"

The world is now facing a critical question: how can we effectively address the triple planetary crisis of climate change, biodiversity loss and environmental pollution to achieve a sustainable society?

Recent efforts to answer this question have mainly focused on achieving separate targets in line with the Paris Agreement, the Kunming-Montreal Biodiversity Framework and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). While there have been increasingly ambitious responses to individual global targets, progress has been too slow and fragmented. In the meantime, a growing body of evidence has shown that one key way to addressing climate change, biodiversity loss, and pollution is to identify actions that maximise synergies and minimise trade-offs between the various global targets. Simply stated, we need integrated solutions to deal with climate change, biodiversity loss, environmental pollution and other challenges to sustainable development.

The good news is that this message is being heard. For example, several areas in Japan have adopted the Regional Circulating and Ecological Sphere (Regional-CES) to help localise the SDGs, optimise rural and urban resource flows, and harmonise relationships between nature and humanity. We have seen that the business community has sought to use market-based mechanisms not only to mitigate climate change but also to preserve ecosystems. In addition, young people continue to be agents of change in seeking environmental and socially sustainable solutions to complex problems.

This year's International Forum on Sustainable Asia and the Pacific (ISAP), now in its 16th year, will showcase how these and other examples of an integrated approach are addressing the triple planetary crisis. ISAP will also consider how integration can influence a wider range of decisions in the Asia-Pacific and pave the way for transformative change globally.

Opening Session (OP)
Opening remarks from organiser and partners

  • 9:00 - 9:10
  • 503 + Online
  • Simultaneous interpretation
Guest Remarks
TBD, Kanagawa Prefectural Government
Welcome Remarks
TAKEUCHI Kazuhiko, President, IGES

Special Session (SS)

  • 9:10 - 9:40
  • 503 + Online
  • Simultaneous interpretation
TBD, Ministry of the Environment, Japan
Luis Gomez-Echeverri, Emeritus Research Scholar at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) / Co-Lead of the Expert Group on Climate and SDG Synergy
Eric ZUSMAN, Research Leader, Integrated Sustainability Centre, IGES

Plenary Sessions (PL)

1
  • 9:40 - 10:40
  • 503 + Online
  • Simultaneous interpretation

High Integrity Carbon Markets to Achieve Net-Zero by 2050: Status and Practices

As the impacts of climate change become more extreme, there is an urgent need to mobilise finance and technology from the private sector through international cooperation to achieve net-zero (reducing global emissions to zero) by 2050...

2
  • 10:50 - 11:40
  • 503 + Online
  • Simultaneous interpretation

Biodiversity Assessment – Linking Global to Local

The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), established in 2012, has changed the way the world sees biodiversity assessment. IPBES has produced multiple global reports on various aspects...

3
  • 13:00 - 13:50
  • 503 + Online
  • Simultaneous interpretation

Current Status of International Negotiations on the Global Plastic Treaty and the Way Forward

There are ongoing international negotiations to establish a global treaty to tackle plastic pollution which is expected to be agreed by the end of this year. The Fifth session of the Intergovernmental Negotiation Committee (INC5) on the...

4
  • 14:00 - 15:20
  • 503 + Online
  • Simultaneous interpretation

Local Government-Led Pathways to Resilient Society: Leveraging the CES Approach

The ambitions of the 2030 Agenda, the Paris Agreement and other global goals have defined actionable plans and targets for the peace and prosperity of human societies and the planet. However, the effective translation of global sustainability...

Parallel Sessions (PS)

Closing Session (CL)

  • 17:45 - 17:50
  • 503 + Online
  • Simultaneous interpretation
Closing Remarks
TAKAHASHI Yasuo, Executive Director, IGES

About ISAP

The International Forum for Sustainable Asia and the Pacific (ISAP) is held annually to share information and facilitate diverse discussions on sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific, with the participation of front-line experts and diverse stakeholders from international organisations, governments, business and NGOs. The Forum has been providing venues for up-to-date discussions with experts and diverse stakeholders from international organisations, governments, business and NGOs and knowledge/information sharing with a wide range of practitioners.

Previous ISAP

Access

PACIFICO YOKOHAMA, Conference Center 5F

1-1-1 Minato Mirai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama 220-0012, Japan
Information: Tel +81-45-221-2155

Access Map (PACIFICO YOKOHAMA Website)

Access from the nearest stations

8-minute walk from Minato Mirai Station (Minato Mirai Line)

From Sakuragicho Station (JR or Subway): 15 minutes walk, 11 minutes by bus or 5 minutes by taxi

From Yokohama Station: 10 minutes by taxi or 10 minutes by Sea Bass (boat)

Supporters

  • Ministry of the Environment, Japan
  • ICLEI Japan Office, ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability

ISAP2024 Secretariat

Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)

2108-11 Kamiyamaguchi, Hayama, Kanagawa, 240-0115 Japan
TEL: +81-46-855-3720 | E-mail: isap2024-info@iges.or.jp

© Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES).