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UNU-ISP International Symposium

Environmental Monitoring and Governance in the Asian Coastal Hydrosphere - Past 10 Years and Future of Stockholm Convention on POPs

Date: 25 October 2011

Time: 9:30-17:10

Location: U Thant Hall, UNU Headquarters  Map »

Organized by: UNU-ISP

Admission fee: Free

Language: Simultaneous interpretation in English and Japanese will be provided.



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Environmental matrices contain a great variety of pollutants including those released from industrial & agricultural activity and urban waste. These pollutants include heavy metals, pesticides, endocrine disrupting chemicals, and persistent organic pollutants (POPs) etc. POPs can remain for a very long time and enter the food chain, posing a real risk to human and ecological health. The United Nations University (UNU), along with the support of Shimadzu Corporation, has been actively assisting Asian developing countries to monitor and manage POPs by providing scientific training and technology since 1996.

In the past 15 years, the UNU Project, Environmental Monitoring and Governance in the Asian Coastal Hydrosphere, has helped the partner countries to enhance their overall capacity in POPs research. International symposiums have been held annually to disseminate the project’s achievements as well as the latest international developments in POPs.

This year is the 10th anniversary of the adoption of the Stockholm Convention on POPs. This year’s international symposium will be held at the UNU Headquarters in Tokyo on 25 Oct, 2011. It will focus on what has been achieved in the past 10 years and what should be done in the future to further strengthen the research and technological capacity of developing countries and to better implement multilateral environmental agreements like the Stockholm Convention. This conference will also celebrate the 15th anniversary of partnership between the UNU, the Shimadzu Corporation, and the national partner institutions across Asia.

We are cordially inviting you to attend this symposium.


To register for this event, please click on the link below and complete the registration form. Kindly note that registration will be closed once the maximum number of participants is reached.


9:00-9:30 Registration
9:30-9:40 Welcome and opening remarks

Kazuhiko Takeuchi, Vice Rector of UNU, Director, UNU Institute for Sustainability and Peace

9:40-10:10 Overview of the UNU Project and Introduction to the Symposium

Masatoshi Morita, Visiting Professor of UNU

Achievements and Future Perspectives of Stockholm Convention
10:10-10:40 The Stockholm Convention at 10: Protecting Human Health and the Environment from Persistent Organic Pollutants

Kei Ohno, Secretariat of the Stockholm Convention, United Nations Environment Programme

10:40-11:10 POPs Management Policy in Japan

Teruo Sato, Environmental Health Department, Ministry of the Environment

11:10-11:25 Break
11:25-11:55 Role of Research Organizations in Chemical Material Management - Revision of GMP and POPs Monitoring Activities at NIES, Japan

Yasuyuki Shibata, National Institute for Environmental Studies, Japan

11:55-12:25 Activities of Expert Committee in POPs treaty

Prof. Masaru Kitano, Meiji University, Member of The Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee (POPRC) of the Stockholm Convention

12:25-12:35 Q & A session
Ceremony to mark successful completion of 5th phase of the project
12:35-13:00 Ceremony remarks

Kazuhiko Takeuchi, Vice Rector of UNU, Director, UNU Institute for Sustainability and Peace

Akira Nakamoto, President and Chief Executive Officer of Shimadzu Corporation

13:00-13:15 For the Well-being of both Mankind and the Earth – SHIMADZU

Kyoichi Komori, Marketing Department of Shimadzu Cooperation

13:15-14:00 Break
Activities in Asian region for Stockholm convention
14:00-14:30 Past Activities and Future Perspectives of the Stockholm Convention Regional Center in China

Gang Yu, Dean of School of Environment, Tsinghua University

14:30-15:00 Organochlorine pesticides contamination in Japanese arable soils and a proposal to reduce its plant uptake

Nobuyasu Seike, National Institute of Agro-Environmental Sciences

15:00-15:15 POPs Monitoring in China

Liang Dong, Shuangxin Shi, Lifei Zhang, Ting Zhang, Li Zhou, Yeru Huang, National Research Center for Environmental Analysis and Measurement (CNEAC), China

15:15-15:30 Human Exposure to POPs in Vietnam: Contamination, Accumulation Characteristics and Risk Assessment for Infants

Pham Hung Vieta, Nguyen Hung Minha, Tu Binh Minha , Nguyen Minh Tue and Shinsuke Tanabeb, aCenter for Environmental Technology and Sustainable Developmen (CETASD), VNU University of Science, Vietnam, bCenter for Marine Environmental Studies (CMES), Ehime University, Japan

15:30-15:45 Trend of POPs Contamination in the Marine Environments of South Korea

Won Joon Shim, Sang Hee Hong, Narayanan Kannan, Gi Myung Han, Sung Yong Ha, Korea Ocean Research and Development Institute

15:45-15:55 Q & A session
15:55-16:10 Break
Activities of Business, International organizations
16:10-16:30 UNIDO’s Projects on Sound Management of Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs)

Fukuya Iino, United Nations Industrial Development Organization

16:30-16:50 Investigation on PFOS usage of Electric and Electronics Industry in Japan

Ryo Usami, Mitsubishi Electric Cooperation

16:50-17:00 Q & A session
17:00-17:10 Closing remarks

Prof. Kazuhiko Takeuchi, Vice Rector of UNU, Director, UNU
Institute for Sustainability and Peace

*Please note this programme is tentative and subject to change.
*Simultaneous interpretation in both English and Japanese languages will be provided.