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2012 UNU Public Seminars

Learning from Rio+20 - United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development


Date: 5, 12, 19 and 26 July in 2012

Time: 19:00-20:30

Location: United Nations University, Tokyo (5F Elizabeth Rose Hall)

Organizers: UNU, Shibuya Ward

Admission: Free

Contact: Mari Arimitsu, UNU-ISP:

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UNU has organized public seminars with Shibuya City Office since 2003. The seminars are intended to provide opportunities for lifelong learning to the residents of Shibuya as well as those who work and study in the ward. Since their inauguration, the seminars have been attended by more than a hundred people per session. This year’s seminars will be held on four Thursday evenings in July at United Nations University Headquarters.

UNU Certificates of Completion will be awarded to the participants who attended all the four lectures.

Each session is consisting of an introduction of the lecturer by a staff member from Shibuya Ward Office, 60 minutes lecture, and 25 minutes Q&A Session. The first lecture on 5 July will start with the opening remarks by UNU staff. UNU Certificates of Completion will be awarded to the participants who attended all the four sessions at the fourth session on 26 July. Simultaneous English-Japanese interpretation will be provided for the lecture on 19 July; the other lectures will be presented in Japanese only.

About half of the attendees are students and people in their 60s who have already retired.


The registration is free and the Seminar is open to the public. The seat is limited to about 100 people. To register for seminars, please contact: Life Long Learning Section, The Board of Education of Shibuya, Tokyo Tel: 03-3463-3049. 


5 July
Nature-Harmonious Society and the Green Economy

Kazuhiko Takeuchi Vice-Rector, UNU; and Director, UNU Institute for Sustainability and Peace (UNU-ISP)

12 July The Role of Multiple Stakeholder Towards Sustainable Community Development – Results of Rio+20

Yuko Sakita Journalist, Environmental Counselor; and Co-Chair, Japanese National Preparatory Committee for Rio +20

19 July Beyond Rio+20: Opportunities and Obstacles for Greening the Economy and Improving Environmental Governance

Jose Antonio Puppim de Oliveira Assistant Director and Senior Research Fellow at the UNU Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS)
*Simultaneous English-Japanese translation

26 July The Result of Rio+20 and the Environmental Policy of Japan 

Masahito Kuse Senior Research Fellow, UNU Institute for Sustainability and Peace (UNU-ISP)