IIASA Deputy Director General for Science Leena Srivastava will give a keynote lecture at the virtual International Symposium: Developing Research towards Achieving the SDGs in the Post COVID-19 Era. She will present findings from the IIASA-ISC Consultative Science Platform identifying sustainable pathways in the post-COVID recovery process.

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It is more important than ever for the international community to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the era of With or Post COVID-19. The COVID-19 pandemic has had far-reaching consequences beyond the spread of the virus itself and progress that was being made in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, now has the potential to fall behind.

The International Symposium: Developing Research towards Achieving the SDGs in the Post COVID-19 Era has been designed to discuss future directions for the research project “Inclusive Research on Integrated Implementation Methodology towards Achieving SDGs,” by sharing its interim outcome with a wide range of stakeholders including the academic community, policymakers, the private sector, and civil society.

In her keynote lecture: Pathways to Sustainability in a Post-COVID World: Re-defining the Research Agenda to achieve the SDGs, Leena Srivastava will present output from the IIASA-ISC Consultative Science Platform and outline how the consultation process helped identify potential both areas for transformation and partnerships going forward that may facilitate realization.

This event will take place virtually:

This event will be held in both English and Japanese, with simultaneous interpretation. Please note that to access the simultaneous interpretation, participants must download the ‘Interprefy’ application beforehand. The ‘token’ for Interprefy will be shared by emails with the Zoom link after registration completed.

Symposium speakers include:

• Leena Srivastava, Deputy Director General for Science, IIASA

• Bernadia Irawati Tjandradewi, Secretary General of the United Cities and Local Governments Asia Pacific (UCLG ASPAC) “The Role of Local Governments towards Achieving the SDGs during Post- COVID-19 Era” (tbc)

• Tsuyoshi Fujita (NIES)

• Norichika Kanie (Keio University)

• Hiromi Masuda (UNU-IAS)

• Kanako Morita (FFPRI/UNU-IAS)

• Moderated by Kazu Takemoto (UNU-IAS)

The event is organized by the University of Tokyo Institute for Future Initiatives (IFI), Future Earth Japan, the National Institute for Environmental Studies, Japan (NIES) and the Japan Committee for the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, the IIASA National Member Organization (NMO) for Japan.

IIASA and Japan

Research collaborations between IIASA and Japan have been highly productive since the institute was founded in 1972. Key aspects of this beneficial relationship since 2010, have involved cooperation with more than 31 Japanese organizations and resulted in over 300 scientific publications and a range of research advances. Recent studies have included in-depth analyses of how to maximize the co-benefits from measures to reduce both air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions in Japan and Asia; the development of a new set of scenarios to underpin future climate modeling, impact, vulnerability, adaptation, and mitigation assessments; and research into the evolution of diseases and commercially-exploited fish.

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