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Symposium of International Day for Biological Diversity

Living with Bountiful Sea


Date: 22 May 2012, Tuesday  13:00-17:00

Location: Elizabeth Rose Hall, UNU Headquarters 5F, Tokyo, Japan

Organizer: UNU-ISP, MOEJ

Co-Organizers: Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD), Japan Committee for UNDB, Global Environmental Outreach Centre(GEOC)

Language: Japanese Only


Since the proclamation of 22 May as the International Day for Biological Diversity (IBD) by the United Nations, many commemorative ceremonies are held all over the world on this day to increase awareness and understanding of biodiversity issues.

The United Nations University Institute for Sustainability and Peace (UNU-ISP) and the Ministry of the Environment Japan (MOEJ) are pleased to announce the organization of the Symposium on the International Day for Biological Diversity on the theme for this year, “Marine Biodiversity”, as a part of initiatives lead by UNU-ISP and MOEJ to support the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity.

Japan has enjoyed and developed with the significant blessings of the surrounding sea.  This symposium will serve as an opportunity to raise awareness of biodiversity among the public and consider about people, ocean and sustainable use of oceanic resources through the presentations and discussions.


To register for this event, please click on the link below and complete the registration form. Registration will be closed when it reaches the capacity.






Opening Remarks

Kazuhiko Takeuchi, Vice Rector, United Nations University

Video Message

Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, Executive Secretary of Secretariat for Convention on Biological Diversity


Keynote Lecture 1

Katsunori Fujikura, Team Leader, Institute of Biogeosciences, Japan Agency For Marine Earth Science and Technology(JAMSTEC)


Keynote Lecture 2

Anne McDonald, Professor, Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies. Sophia University

14:35-14:55 Break

Video Presentation


Panel Discussion "Living With Bountiful Sea"

Moderator: Kazuhiko Takeuchi, Vice Rector, UNU


  • Tsunao Watanabe, Director-General, Nature
    Conservation Bureau, Ministry of the Environment, Japan)
  • Hisashi Endo, Fisheries Agencies of Japan (TBC)
  • Masahito Yoshida, President, Japan Committee for IUCN, Associate Professor, Tsukuba University
  • Nobuyuki Yagi, Associate Professor, the Agricultural and Life Sciences Department, University of Tokyo
  • Satoko Kiyono, Associate Professor, Department of Urban and Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Kyushu University

Closing Remarks

MC: Masahito Kuse, Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Sustainability and Peace, United Nations University