Celebrate Neumann's &Japan's gifts to humanity since 1945, all Asia Rising 1960+MacraeFriends and Family
Future July 2020..If you care about two out of 3 lives mattering who are Asian, nearly 60 years of miracles mapping around worldwide decision-makers considering Japan from 1962 are worth replaying -that's when my father Norman Macrae aged 39 was privileged to write his first signed survey in The Economist -the first 2 quarters of dad's 80+ years of life had been spent
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Thursday, March 25, 2021

japan celebrations of sdg actions

 How digital technologies contribute to SDGs? Future of development will be envisioned through innovative cases across the world!

japan senegal coonections

ada osakwe nigeria- japan connections - 5 million farmers 156mn dollars saved with mobile techreacing poorest farmers-wonderful work ada osakwe

- power big data include drones geochecking wereplants -remote sensing to check water distribution; food security butdid not necessarily have market - up to 60% of extra food wasted- meanwhile import processed food- so started compaby 2015 to make local markets frsh farm to table foods markets, restaurants - we;re using blockchain to trachwhere food , and ai to improve consumer diets

japan 2 The key to achieve SDGs lies in development of community! Let’s find out actions for tomorrow through initiatives from Japan (Kanagawa, Fukuoka), the Philippines, and Zimbabwe!

5.00 goal 5 Let’s gear up to end gender-based violence, abolish harmful traditions/practices, promote women’s leadership and ensure people are able to lead a life based on freedom and choices! atsumo miva goal 5gender equality integral to everything- left overall presenterof session - right new york based ngo- took specific global sun agenda of goal 5 but not extreme solutions by poorest asian women

global network of women peace builders - example of women builiding peace in subregion of phillipines where there had been plrbicides

south sudan women distributing deep solutions /truth needed if community building to overcome conflicts  munir soke about child marriage in bangladesh

next panel great enthusiasm Talk session on SDG12―Thinking about what we can do in our daily lives and how we can turn waste into valuable resources.- josephine malaysi waste programs family focud green/smart - ecopods, samban seesions- curriculum for kindergarded up to adu;ts- green schooland green tv - training/empowerment public servants - zero waste and connections water, energy = why where whowhen how- always ask- start young is very important- differentate between need and wants0 make children smart they will change adyult behaviors within family

aditi ramolaindia international association professiona wasre management worlw8de- example bencharks green cities - best practices sustainbable aste and sustainavle production- endmarne dumping;n end careless burning waster- support children education where kids live nexto dumpsits - move from informal waste livelihoods- lierature - 3 prong approach to waste and circularity- risako tanbabe tv personality

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UN SDG Action Campaign
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Let’s gear up to end gender-based violence, abolish harmful traditions/practices, promote women’s leadership and ensure people are able to lead a life based on freedom and choices!


We have 9 years to achieve the SDGs, but it will not be easy with global challenges such as the climate crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic. it is essential for people to work together with solidarity and share a vision in order to create a sustainable future. UNDP Goodwill Ambassador Misako Konno shares messages from young people to turn it around for people and the planet. Message 1: “Everyone Has the Power to Make a Difference” Members of the Blue Earth Project (Ms. Marina Kikuhara, Ms. Ayu Nakano, Ms. Saya Miura, Ms. Aine Yamashita) Message 2: “True happiness in a Sustainable Society” Haruna Kuraishi, a university student / Secretary-General of the Japan Youth Platform for Sustainability SDGsを達成するまでに残されている時間はあと9年。しかし、気候危機や新型コロナウイルス感染症など、地球規模の課題に直面する中、達成は容易ではありません。持続可能な未来を作るには人々が団結し、ビジョンを共有することが必要不可欠です。 UNDPの紺野美沙子親善大使が、人と地球のために世界を変えようと呼びかける若者からのメッセージを紹介します。 メッセージ1 「世界を変える力は誰もが持っている」 Blue Earth Projectメンバー (菊原麻理奈さん・中野安結さん・三浦紗耶さん・山下愛音さん) メッセージ2 「持続可能な社会における真の幸せを実現するには」 倉石東那さん|大学4年・ジャパンユースプラットフォーム事務局長 Translation options At The Moment LIGHTNING TALK: MESSAGE FOR OUR FUTURE | 未来の私たちへのメッセージ You have a question?

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12:30 High Level Opening: SDG Global Festival of Action 2021

13:00 Performance by Meera Dasgupta

13:05 Performance by Kety Fusco

13:15 Big Picture Plenary: The Time is Now

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14:00 Lightning Talk:  A Briefing with David Nabarro

14:10 A Turning Point Dialogue: In Conversation with Danny Sriskandarajah

14:20 Lightning Talk: The Life We Choose: Climate Justice Activism in the Philippines

14:30 Deep Dive Discussion: A New Eco Social Contract for People and Planet

15:15 Performance by Ben Harper

15:25 My World 360 - Selection of 2021

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UN SDG Action Campaign
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15:30 A Turning Point Dialogue: In Conversation with UN Deputy Secretary-General, Amina J.Mohammed

15:45 Deep Dive Discussion: The Reykjavik Manual: Practical Actions to Achieve Equality

16:30 A Turning Point Dialogue: In Conversation with Siya Kolisi                                              

16:45 A Turning Point Dialogue: In Conversation with Delphine O

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17:00 In conversation: UNDP Goodwill Ambassador, Yemi Alade and Cassie Flynn

17:15 Deep dive discussion: A Race FOR Nature: Winning the Climate Crisis through Ecosystem Recovery, Restoration and Nature-based Solutions

18:00 A Turning Point Dialogue: In Conversation with Boaz Paldi

18:10 A Turning Point Dialogue: In Conversation with Lola Castro

18:20 Lightning Talk: Growing Food in Impossible Places

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8:30 Deep dive disucssion: A Turning Point for Financing the SDGs - What is at stake?

19:15 Performance by Anaiis

19:25 Performance by Sasha Waltz & Guests

19:30 A Turning Point Dialogue: In Conversation with Bebe Vio

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19:45 UN SDG Action Awards Ceremony

20:45 Performance by Miss Tati



A recent study by the UNDP warns that the severe long-term effects of the COVID-19 pandemic could push an additional 207 million people into extreme poverty, bringing the total to over 1 billion worldwide by 2030. With a focus set on investments towards the SDGs, however, 146 million people could be lifted out of extreme poverty. The pandemic has made us all reacknowledge the power of digitalization and innovation and indeed, has sped up their applications in public and private spheres. Technologies such as artificial intelligence, blockchain, cryptocurrency, virtual reality, the internet have proved their potential to advance and accelerate the achievement of the SDGs. On the other hand, the advancement of technologies will also trigger new challenges, as they can exacerbate inequalities. The increasing number of digital technologies available to the digital ‘haves’ further risks excluding the ‘have nots’—incliding the 3.5 billion people who still do not have internet access. It is vital to integrate new technologies into sustainable development strategies, with equality and equity as the guiding principles.

This session will examine how digital technologies and innovation can bring opportunities and values to those “furthest behind” and contribute to the SDGs, while addressing poverty and inequality. Speakers from across the world who have brought transformation to the people’s lives through the provision of internet access in Senegal, through the establishment of online value chains accessible via mobile phones in Nigeria, and through online agricultural advisory services in Ghana will discuss opportunities and challenges exacerbated by the pandemic, while exploring the future of development.





DA OSAKWE | アダ オサクウェ
Ada is an award-winning food entrepreneur and angel investor. She is Founder of Agrolay Ventures, a principal investment firm that deploys capital to early-stage companies that have the potential to transform ecosystems. She’s also the founder of Nuli, an innovative African food company inspiring a healthier lifestyle for millions through a fresh, locally-grown approach to building brands that make people happy. Ada serves on the Boards of Factor[e] ventures, the global non-profit One Acre Fund and the leading plant-based food distributor in Africa, Infinite Foods. She is a member of the African Development Bank’s Presidential Youth Advisory Group. She is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum and an Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow. Ada has an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management, an MSc in Economics and Finance from University of Warwick and a BSc in Economics (First Class

Prior to joining The Huffington Post Japan, Takeshita worked as a news reporter for The Asahi Shimbun, the national leading newspaper in Japan. He covered economic policy and business news, and interviewed hundreds of people from government officials to entrepreneurs. He was also a Visiting Fellow at the Stanford University Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center (Shorenstein APARC) for 2014-2015. The Huffington Post Japan has started many public conversations and is the leading online-media in Japan. | ザ・ハフィントン・ポスト日本版編集長。1979年生まれ、慶應義塾大学法学部政治学科卒業。2002年に朝日新聞社に入社し、民間企業や経済官庁を取材する経済部記者やデジタルメディアの新規事業を担う「メディアラボ」を経て、2014年—2015年にスタンフォード大学客員研究員。朝日新聞社を退職し、2016年から現職。世界経済フォーラム・メディアリーダー、ネット空間における倫理研究会委員、TBS系『サンデーモーニング』コメンテーター。SDGs、ジェンダー平等、経済の新しい形が関心テーマ。


xGIFTY MINTAA QUARSHIE | ギフティ ミンタア クアルシエ
Gifty Mintaa Quarshie is a co-founder of TechShelta, an agricultural solutions technology company. TechShelta hand-holds greenhouse farmers as they seek solutions to greater efficiency, yields, and profits. Ms. Quarshie is a graduate of the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration where she obtained a Diploma in Information Technology (Database Management) and a degree, in Public Administration. Ms. Quarshie and her team won the prestigious Annual Kosmos Innovation Centre Agritech Prize in 2018. She further proceeded to claim yet another prize, in 2020, of the Ghana Climate Innovation Challenge. Ms. Quarshie possesses a passion for solving the challenges of our time that threaten the sustainability of our environment, economic viability, and human dignity. She is keen on the empowerment of youth and women, especially those without immediate opportunities. She is a luminous mobilizer and implementer of the causes about which she has a strong conviction. |
Mr. Koichi Sato runs companies in France, Japan and Senegal. In 2019, he developed the TUMIQUI Smart Kit, which combines solar energy and internet functions, requires no installation, and can be carried anywhere, while allowing anyone to easily charge their phone or computer and connect to the internet. After signing an MOU with the Senegalese Ministry of Health, the system has been installed in 10 unelectrified clinics in rural areas. In 2020, a small assembly and maintenance workshop in Dakar was established. The contributions to the SDGs includes the use of renewable energy, digital education, employment, technological transfer, waste reduction through maintenance, and women's independence through economical activities. Mr. Koichi Sato aims to make Africa self-reliant by combining African wisdom and Japanese ingenuity. ================




The passion of young people, from voicing against gender inequality to calling for climate action and racial justice, is critical to bring transformation to societies. This is also the case with ensuring our peace and security, the most fundamental mission of the United Nations and the crosscutting cornerstone of the Sustainable Development Goals and the 2030 Agenda. Today it is estimated that there are 1.21 billion youth between 15 and 24 years of age on our planet, which accounts for 15.5 percent of the global population. “Young people, the largest generation in history, have a critical role to play in raising awareness and developing new approaches to bring about change to reduce threats from weapons of mass destruction and conventional arms, including their proliferation,” said the Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, Ms. Izumi Nakamitsu. Inspiring everyday people to take action to change the world and mobilize civic voices into policy dialogues are an imperative way forward for a more sustainable and peaceful future for all. In this session, four youth peace champions from South Sudan, Iraq, Japan and the United States will bring diverse perspectives together to discuss the role of youth in passing on stories of resilience beyond generations and beyond boundaries. They will present their innovative projects with an out-of-the-box thinking making use of AI, ICT, art and music, while sharing their personal stories that have motivated them to take those approaches. The United Nations Under-Secretary-General, Ms. Nakamitsu will share her thoughts regarding youth leadership and her views on channeling young voices into policy. Ms. Tomoko Kubota, News Editor of Tokyo Broadcasting System (TBS), passionate about promoting peace and disarmament agenda through passing on oral history, will moderate.

"Ms. Izumi Nakamitsu assumed her position as UN Under-Secretary-General and
High Representative for Disarmament Affairs on 1 May 2017. Prior to taking on
this post, she served as Assistant Administrator of the Crisis Response Unit at
the United Nations Development Programme. | 2017 年5 月より国連事務次長・軍縮担当上級代表。2016 年から2017 年まで難民・移民サミットのフォローアップに関する特別顧問代行。2014 年11 月から2017 年4 月まで国連開発計画(UNDP)危機対応局局長・国連事務次補。2012年8 月から2014 年10 月まで国際連合平和維持(PKO)局アジア・中東上級部長。アフガニスタンを含むアジア全域、シリア・レバノンを含む中東全域および西サハラを主管。2008 年9 月から2012 年7 月まで同局 政策・評価・訓練部 上級部長。早稲田大学法学部卒業。米国ジョージタウン大学大学院修士課程卒業(国際関係論)。
"Ms. Izumi Nakamitsu assumed her position as UN Under-Secretary-General and
High Representative for Disarmament Affairs on 1 May 2017. Prior to taking on
this post, she served as Assistant Administrator of the Crisis Response Unit at
the United Nations Development Programme. | 2017 年5 月より国連事務次長・軍縮担当上級代表。2016 年から2017 年まで難民・移民サミットのフォローアップに関する特別顧問代行。2014 年11 月から2017 年4 月まで国連開発計画(UNDP)危機対応局局長・国連事務次補。2012年8 月から2014 年10 月まで国際連合平和維持(PKO)局アジア・中東上級部長。アフガニスタンを含むアジア全域、シリア・レバノンを含む中東全域および西サハラを主管。2008 年9 月から2012 年7 月まで同局 政策・評価・訓練部 上級部長。早稲田大学法学部卒業。米国ジョージタウン大学大学院修士課程卒業(国際関係論)。
Ms.Tomoko Kubota joined Tokyo Broadcasting (TBS) in 2000 where she became an announcer and worked on various programs, including Dobutsu kisotengai! [Amazing Animals!], Tetsuya Chikushi News 23, and Hodo Tokushu [Special News]. From 2013, she held appointments across the news bureau and served as a correspondent with the New York Bureau, as well as a political reporter at TBS. In 2019 she obtained an MA in oral history from Columbia University.

Anju Niwata was born in Hiroshima, Japan in 2001 and is a student at the University of Tokyo. In 2017, when collecting signatures in the Peace Park, she met Mr. Tokusô Hamai who once lived in the Nakajima district (now the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park). This led to the start of the “Rebooting Memories" project. She is working to inherit the thoughts and memories of war survivors using new art and technology, such as using colorized photographs, video and the “Rebooting Memories” AR App. She won the Student Award at the United For Peace Film Festival (UFPFF) and was invited for PLURAL+ in 2018. She also co-authored the colorized-photograph collection "AI to karâka-shita shashin de yomigaeru senzen sensô" (Kôbunsha-shinsyo) with Professor Watanave Hidenori from the University of Tokyo in 2020. 

JOK ABRAHAM THON | ジョック・アブラハム・トン
Jok Abraham Thon is the founder and Director of Promised Land Secondary School in Juba South Sudan and Youth for Peace through Education Initiative. He was a 2018 Mandela Washington Fellow at the University of Delaware. His Bullets to Books Documentary was the winner of the Kovic MY HERO AWARD in the Humanitarian Category in 2019. He has over 10 years of experience in the community development sector, specifically focusing on peacebuilding, youth and women empowerment and education for internally displaced students and refugees. He also has 7 years of experience in the teaching profession in primary, high school and University where he has been offering free entrepreneurship trainings to university students. Jok is the African Union Youth Charter Hustler from South Sudan under the Office of the Africa Union Youth Envoy. | Promised Land Secondary School

MARY POPEO | メアリー・ポピオ
Mary is co-founder and business director of PCV, a peace education nonprofit incorporated in Hiroshima, Japan. As a college student, she visited Hiroshima and Nagasaki on research grants to study nuclear weapons and nuclear energy. Those experiences changed her life. After graduating, she became a youth organizer and anti-nuclear weapons activist in both Boston and Japan, where she worked with groups such as the American Friends Service Committee, Global Zero, Japan New Women's Association, and Japan Council Against A & H Bombs. Mary has also worked at Harvard University, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Boston University, and Showa Boston Institute for Language and Culture. She moved to Hiroshima in 2016 to co-found PCV and spent three years managing PCV's ecovillage in the countryside. She now lives in Hiroshima City, where she and the PCV team design Hiroshima-based learning experiences for thousands of people every year. | 「Peace Culture Village」




The world’s major countries are moving towards a goal of decarbonization by 2050. What can we do in our daily lives to tackle the climate change issues that are threatening our planet? A critical piece of the puzzle in achieving a decarbonized society by 2050 is to shift our consumer society to a recycling society. In other words, we should create a society where we recycle the resources that we use rather than extracting non-renewable resources from our earth. In this session, speakers from diverse backgrounds—from environmental experts to a comedian to a youth athlete—will discuss what we can do in our daily lives to combat climate change and achieve SDG12 by transforming waste into valuable resources.

ADITI RAMOLA | アディティ ラモラ
Aditi is the Technical Director at the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) where she manages international projects and partnerships with the UN, provides assistance to ISWA’s Working Groups and helps develop innovative projects globally to further strengthen cooperation with ISWA’s partners and international organizations. Her skills are particularly focused on solid waste management and environmental issues. Aditi holds a master’s in Environmental Technology and International Affairs from the Vienna University of Technology. She has several years of experience in the private sector including at Caterpillar Inc. before joining the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in the Climate Policy and Networks unit. Aditi is also passionate about science education and was the past lead of the ISWA Young Professionals Group (YPG) initiative on Education and the Chair of the YPG in 2019.
"Akari was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan. She spent 2 years of high school in Canada and graduated from Temple University in Philadelphia. After graduating, she moved to New York and worked for several PR/marketing companies. She joined an advertising agency after returning to Tokyo to work on digital media marketing.
In July 2016, she joined BuzzFeed Japan as a distribution manager on the business team. She transferred to the localization team in July 2019 as an editor and her team has been adapting world news, fun video content, and sharing new values with a Japanese audience. She also started a group called Green Club where she has been sharing actionable ideas within the company. She’s always seeking to inspire others and spread the practice of sustainable living." | BuzzFeed Japan、ローカライゼー

OSEPHINE TAN | ジョセフィン タン
Josephine has been serving as the Special Officer in charge of Environmental portfolio
under Penang State Government. Her vast experience also comes from her active involvement in environmental related issues, policies making, educational awareness and international networking platforms such as UNEP, CCAC, GEC, JICA,ISWA and UN Habitat. She reported to office as PGC’s new General Manager in April 2019. She has been appointed as Co-Lead for Circular Economy Club Penang Chapter in 2020 and Advisor for University Sains Malaysia Sustainability Council. | ペナングリーンカウンシル、

Risako is an active fitness trainer who teaches artists and models while working as a TV personality. She is also active as a parkour artist. She has regularly been on TV Asahi / ABEMA's "SPOTTAINER JAPAN". Her first style book "RISAKO's RULE" (Takarajima-sha) is now on sale. Opened online salon "TEAM RISAKO'S" at



Gender equality is a basic human right and a critical foundation for a sustainable world. It is also an accelerator for other goals, including economic growth, reduction of poverty and hunger, and good health and education. There has been some progress in gender equality over the last decades; more girls are going to school and more women are in parliament. Despite this progress discriminatory laws and social norms, as well as physical or sexual violence, remain pervasive.

Moreover, the COVID-19 crisis could reverse this limited, but important, progress on women’s rights. The pandemic has witnessed more women than men losing their means of income. The burden of unpaid care work at home for children, the elderly and the sick has increased. With lockdown measures, a “shadow pandemic” of violence against women and girls, particularly domestic violence, has intensified.

At this critical juncture, this session explores 4 key targets of SDG5 and discusses bold actions towards 2030:

-How can we end violence against women and girls, especially in conflict settings, and promote women’s roles in peacemaking? (Target 5.2)
-How can we eliminate harmful traditions and practices such as child marriage and female genital mutilation? (Target 5.3)
-Globally, women’s representation in politics, the economy and public decision-making arenas remains low. How can we enhance women’s leadership? (Target 5.5)
-How can we ensure sexual and reproductive health and rights, so that individuals are able to lead a life based on their own freedom and choices, including those related to bearing children and ensuring a safe pregnancy and delivery? (Target 5.6)

The session will also touch upon the issue of “intersectionality,” the way in which multiple forms of inequality and discrimination, based on gender, race, disability, etc, often overlap with and exacerbate one another.

Today, not a single country can claim to have achieved gender equality, however it is gaining momentum. Let’s gear up to turn this movement into progress.

President of arca Co., Ltd. I run a company of design, branding, and advertisement company in Tokyo. I am a creative activist who approaches various social issues such as gender gaps, environmental issues, and animal rescue with creative and design. I have centered on “purpose” and “creative” through my work such as advertising, interior design and branding design, etc. In the spring of 2019, I established women’s empowerment project named “Ladyknows”. Since the fall of 2019, I have been a regular commentator on Wednesday for the TV news program "news zero". Feminist. LGBTQ
Atsuko Miwa is the Co-Chair of Japan Civil Society Network on SDGs (SDGs Japan). She was formerly Programme Officer at the Bangkok Office of the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UN Women currently) and has been researching and writing extensively in the field of gender, development and human rights for years. She teaches at several universities, where her research interests include women's empowerment through rights-based approaches, sexual and reproductive health and rights of women and girls, and leadership of Japanese women and girls. She participated in W7 in 2018 in Ottawa and in 2019 in Paris as representative from Japan, and was a Co-Chair of C20 of 2019 G20 Osaka Summit in Japan. She is also Director of the Asia-Pacific Human Rights Information Center and Vice President of the Japan National Committee for UN Women. | (一社)SDGs市民社会ネットワーク(SDGsジャパン)共同代表理事。日本赤十字社外事部、国連女

ALLIKA IYER | マリカ・アイヤー
Mallika Iyer is a Program Officer for The Global Network of Women Peacebuilders and the focal point for Asia-based Women, Peace, and Security programs designed to further the implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolutions 1325, 2250, 2419, the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women, and the Sustaining Peace Agenda in conflict-affected communities. She is responsible for the coordination of GNWP’s Young Women Leaders for Peace Program in Indonesia, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Ukraine, and the Philippines, which promotes young women’s meaningful participation in political decision-making, preventing violent extremism, peace processes, and the development and implementation of humanitarian action. As a part of her advocacy for inclusive peacebuilding for women and youth, Mallika coordinates the Beijing+25 Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) – Youth, Peace, and Security (YPS) Action Coalition, consisting of over 100 women’s rights and youth organizations from across the world. | 

MUNIR HUSSAIN | ムニル・フセイン
Dr. Muhammad Munir Hussain is responsible for designing and managing programmes for adolescents and youth in the organisation, providing policy support to the relevant government departments and ministries in the area of adolescent sexual and reproductive health, life skill education and child marriage. Dr. Hussain has proven experience of working in the field of public health for 16 years. Before joining UNFPA in 2015, Dr. Hussain worked in a number of reputed national and international organisations including Plan International Bangladesh and International Center for Diarrheal Diseases and Research (icddr’b).
He is a great leader and always thrives on new methods, technologies and innovations. Works of Dr. Hussain have been presented in different national and international conferences including American Public Health Association conference and International Conference on Family Planning. Dr. Hussain graduated in Medicine and holds a Masters in Development Studies from the University of Dhaka. |
Ms. Tomoko Fukuda is the Regional Director of International Planned Parenthood Federation in East & South East Asia and Oceania Region (IPPF ESEAOR). IPPF is a global service provider and leading advocate of sexual reproductive health and rights (SRHR) for all, and a worldwide movement of national organizations working with communities and individuals in more than 140 countries. IPPF ESEAOR is supporting 22 Member Associations and 3 Collaborating Partners in a total of 25 countries.
Prior to joining IPPF, Ms. Fukuda also lead the global health and SRHR movement from Japan as the Advocacy Manager in JOICFP, the General Secretary of Japan CSO Network on Global Health, and the Local Coordinator of the G20 Gender Working Group. She was also a Steering Committee Member of the Asia Pacific Alliance (APA) on SRHR; and was an Advisory Group Member of the Civil Society Engagement Mechanism for Universal Health Coverage - UHC2030. | 



The SDGs emphasize that people and countries should work together to create a world where no one is left behind. Achieving the 17 Global Goals requires efforts at all levels, not just at the state level, but also in the public and private sectors. For countries and communities to fulfill the SDGs while solving inherent challenges in an integrated manner, it is important to have a vision reflecting the uniqueness of local contexts. “Localization of SDGs” is one of such approaches for setting goals that correspond to issues in each community. The importance of this “bottom-up” approach led by local governments, communities, and residents has been globally recognized. With the COVID-19 pandemic, community-centered response has become increasingly important. With the restriction of movement due to the pandemic and the mainstreaming of tele-commuting, people have become more attentive to their communities. As the pandemic has increased the importance of promoting local production and consumption, which is impacting traditional supply chains and has devastated the local economy – especially the food service and tourism industries, every country, local region, and community is urged to establish a comprehensive vision for “building back better”. There are many examples of communities around the world that have demonstrated resilience while uniting and supporting each other during the pandemic. In this session, the panelists will introduce activities in their respective fields and their contributions to sustainable development. We hope this session will provide an opportunity for the global audience to discuss community development and SDGs, and to be motivated to start actions for tomorrow. Connect local actions to solve global agendas!

Ms. Akiko Takatou joined RKB Mainichi Broadcasting in 1996. After working as a news anchor in the announcement department and a journalist in the news department, she worked as a JNN Seoul branch office correspondent in 2011 and 2015. In South Korea, she reported on political, economic, cultural, and North-South issues. Upon returning to Japan, she worked as a chief editor in the news department and now is a manager in television content production and a vice-general manager of SDGs promotion. | RKB毎日放送テレビ制作部長。1
LDO CASIÑO | エルド・カシーニョ
Eldo Casiño is the Barangay Captain of Barangay 22 in Cagayan de Oro City. He has played an active role in the Hapsay Sapa Project (waterways rehabilitation project) including the linear park project at Barangay 22, supported by UN-Habitat. As Barangay Captain, he also instituted barangay policies and programs that support the project. The Hapsay Sapa Project won the Asian Townscape Award in 2018 which honors cities, regions, projects, etc. that have played a significant role as models in landscape construction. Eldo also works at Philippine Sinter Corporation as General Foreman of the Electrical Department and as Company Union President. | 
Mukudzeishe Kasukusa is a tech enthusiast currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Business Management and Information Technology with the Catholic University in Zimbabwe. In 2019 she was a volunteer for the Zimbabwe Robotics team in the First Robotics competitions. Mukudzeishe has been an operations coordinator at Impact Hub Harare for the past year and has been highly involved in co-designing and teaching tech-related programmes such as the Coding Bootcamp, Code is Female and Microworkspace. Mukudzeishe’s interest in tech stems from her goal to leverage technology for the greater good to bring about positive social impact. One of her future plans is to find an organization that will be instrumental in steering up the pathway for young girls to be involved in tech-related studies as she feels this will be a great tool in solving most of the problems that society faces.
UIKO TAIRA | たいら 由以子
Yuiko Taira started introducing kitchen waste composting in 1997. Strongly believing that "sustainable nutrient cycles support our lives," Taira established the NPO Jun-namaken, (in English; Sustainable Lifestyle Laboratory), and started her activities on the development of sustainable compost kits and bedding materials suitable for urban homes in collaboration with urban farming. She is actively promoting human resource development through composting for children at schools and for trainees from developing countries and broadly for community members. Through the Waste Recycling 100 Study Group, which she launched in 2015, she is researching global best practices, seeking new partnership models and improving composting techniques. In 2019, Taira established Local Food Cycling Co. Ltd., introducing environmentally safe and sustainable lifestyles through composting and organic farming at urban apartment homes. Yukio Taira is committed to sharing her ideas and experience. 
Governor Kuroiwa, born in 1954, is serving his third term as Governor of Kanagawa Prefecture. Looking towards “Kanagawa – a prefecture for a vibrant inochi,” a society where everyone can live a healthy and long life, Governor Kuroiwa works with the Kanagawa Model, which aims to overcome issues arising from a super-aged society. He promotes "ME-BYO" concept to this end. To accelerate localization of SDGs, he declared "SDGs Japan Model," a local-government initiative in agreement with 401 local public entities across Japan. Kanagawa is the nation’s first local government that concluded the Statement of Intent with UNDP for achieving SDGs in cooperation. Governor Kuroiwa is now taking leadership in the fight against COVID-19 infection in the country. | 

MIYAVI is a musician, actor, and philanthropist, bridging cultures across the globe with his music and message. His unique style of guitar playing has taken him on 8 world tours in over 30 countries. MIYAVI released his solo album NO SLEEP TILL TOKYO kicked off by a concert at Los Angeles Dodgers Stadium, followed by the 2020 release of Holy Nights. MIYAVI’s filmography as an actor includes the Oscar nominated film Unbroken (2014), Kong: Skull Island (2017), the live-action adaptation of Bleach (2018), Stray (2019) and Maleficent 2 (2020). As a brand ambassador, MIYAVI has appeared as the face of Beats headphones in Japan and on billboards worldwide in Moncler’s Beyond campaign. MIYAVI is currently the brand ambassador for American Airlines and GUCCI.



Entrenched gender stereotypes and negative social norms are still pervasive across countries, hindering equal opportunities to access to quality education, healthcare, employment, political participation and decision-making positions. How can we promote bold actions to advance gender equality? Yuriyan Retriever, a prominent Japanese female comedian, argues that our society is shackled by its own stereotypes of what women should look like, and that we are preoccupied with the compulsion of achieving societal standards. Yuriyan’s performance will encourage you to believe in yourselves to turn it around for gender equality!




We have 9 years to achieve the SDGs, but it will not be easy with the global challenges such as the climate crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic. it is essential for people to work together with solidarity and share a vision in order to create a sustainable future.
UNDP Goodwill Ambassador Misako Konno shares messages from young people to turn it around for people and the planet.

Message 1
“Everyone Has the Power to Make a Difference”
Members of the Blue Earth Project (Ms. Marina Kikuhara, Ms. Ayu Nakano, Ms. Saya Miura, Ms. Aine Yamashita)

Message 2
“True happiness in a Sustainable Society”
Haruna Kuraishi, a university student / Secretary-General of the Japan Youth Platform for Sustainability


Japanese actress Misako Konno was appointed UNDP Goodwill Ambassador in October 1998 and has since been very active in promoting critical global development issues with a particular focus on engaging young people and empowering women and girls. In her role, Konno visited UNDP's programmes in many countries around the world, including Cambodia, Palestine, Bhutan, Ghana, Timor-Leste, Viet Nam, Mongolia, Tanzania, Pakistan and Kenya. She is also an active supporter of humanitarian response initiatives. She has contributed generously to UNDP's recovery efforts in the wake of the earthquake that devastated Japan in 2011 and, urged support for COVID-19 responses. Misako Konno is an acclaimed actress in Japan. Since her debut in 1979, she has appeared in numerous television programmes, films and stage productions.




The session, “A World Without Hunger” will focus on multi-sectoral initiatives and efforts towards achieving SDG 2 on zero hunger. After decades of steady decline, the number of people suffering from hunger has been on the rise since 2014. Current estimates show that around 690 million people are suffer from hungry, and if the current trend continues, this number would rise to 840 million by 2030. Man-made conflicts, climate change and economic downturns, coupled with the COVID-19 pandemic, are exposing more people to the perils of hunger. To tackle the challenge, various actors are implementing emergency food assistance and long-term initiatives to save and change the lives of people. Moderated by the World Food Programme, this session is aimed at sharing knowledge and efforts and good practices to combat hunger by actors from multiple sectors in the field.

Experiences of emergency food assistance for people affected by conflicts, floods and economic crisis in Sudan and other countries will be shared by Mr. Itaru Furuta, Head of Field Office Damazine, Sudan, who has served in various duty stations including Yemen and Myanmar. Mr. Sean Kerrigan, National Director of World Vision Rwanda, a WFP partner, will introduce the organization’s initiatives to achieve SDG2 in the country, including the Home Grown School Feeding programme. Ms. Suzanna Sumkhuu, Head of Development Policy and Planning Division, the National Development Agency of Mongolia, will showcase initiatives implemented in partnership with the Food and Agriculture Organization to ensure sustainable food production with smart agriculture. The session will provide a venue to deepen understanding about global hunger and discuss latest efforts and challenges ahead. The speakers will also share experiences and ideas to overcome challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.


Mr. Furuta has been working for WFP since 2007, including duty stations at Rome HQ, Senegal, Cameroon, South Sudan, Myanmar, Yemen and Sudan. He currently manages the field office and operations, mainly supporting the IDPs and vulnerable people in Blue Nile State of Sudan by means of food assistance. | WFPダマジン事務所(スーダン青ナイル州)所長。2007年よりWFPロー

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