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United Nations 75th Anniversary Declaration, “Our Common Agenda”, and the SDGs
About this Webinar
The United Nations commemorated its 75th Anniversary in 2020. World leaders celebrated the milestone and generated renewed support for multilateralism. This was reflected in the Declaration on the Commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of the United Nations that was adopted by the UN General Assembly in September 2020. Responding to the request by Member States to report back with recommendations to advance the contents of this Declaration, the UN Secretary-General carried out extensive consultations with a broad range of actors. He released his report “Our Common Agenda” in September 2021. In this Report, the Secretary-General contrasts two possible futures: a world heading towards breakdown and perpetual crisis, or a more positive outlook based on solidarity and cooperation. Professor Akiko Yuge will talk about the UN 75th Anniversary Declaration and the recommendations in “Our Common Agenda”. She will share her observations on the landmark Declaration and the Report, and how we can move forward to implement the recommendations to deal with our current and future challenges.

About the NERPS Webinar Series
The Network for Education and Research on Peace and Sustainability (NERPS) at Hiroshima University in Japan is hosting a series of webinars on the relationship between peace and sustainability in the context of environmental, socio-political, economic, and technological transformations. This series is situated within the urgent need to deal with the implications of global change, including the COVID-19 pandemic, for peace and sustainability. The webinar sessions serve as a platform for rethinking and updating the current discourse on peace and sustainability amidst these global challenges and transformations.

Feb 3, 2022 04:00 PM in Osaka, Sapporo, Tokyo

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Akiko Yuge (Guest Speaker)
Professor @Department of Global Politics, Faculty of Law Hosei University, Tokyo
Professor Akiko YUGE assumed her current position as Professor, Department of Global Politics, Faculty of Law, Hosei University, Tokyo in 2014. Prior to the current position, she served as Director, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Representation Office in Tokyo and Special Advisor to the UNDP Administrator (2012-13); UN Assistant Secretary-General/UNDP Assistant Administrator and Director, Bureau of Management in UNDP Headquarters (2006-2012); Director, UNDP Tokyo Office (2002-06). Previously, she was Professor of Development Studies, Department of Global and Inter-Cultural Studies, Ferris University, Japan (1999-2002). In UNDP, she also served as UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Bhutan, Deputy Resident Representative in Indonesia, and Assistant Regional Representative in Thailand. Professor Yuge holds a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) from Barnard College, Columbia University, and Master of Arts (M.A.) in Development Economics from New York University.
Shinji Kaneko (Welcome Remarks)
Professor @NERPS, Hiroshima University
Prof Shinji Kaneko is the Executive Vice President for Global Initiatives and a Professor at the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Science at Hiroshima University. He graduated from the School of Engineering at Kyushu University majoring in water engineering (Dr. of Engineering). Immediately after the completion of his doctoral program, he joined the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) in 1999 as a researcher and conducted research on urban climate policy in Asian megacities for three years. He also worked at global Change System for Analysis, Research and Training (START) as a Research Fellow for three years from 2005. In 2018, he was appointed as the Director of Network for Education and Research on Peace and Sustainability (NERPS) at Hiroshima University. He has conducted numerous policy research on natural resources, energy, and the environment in developing countries.
Tomomi Yamane (Commentator)
Researcher @Hiroshima University
Tomomi Yamane is a researcher at the Network for Education and Research on Peace and Sustainability (NERPS), Hiroshima University, Japan. After working at Japan International Corporation Agency (JICA), and Osaka Kyoiku University, she came to Hiroshima University in 2016. Her research fields include Development Economics, and Microeconometrics. Her work on SDG implementations includes “Hiroshima University SDGs awareness Survey”, and “Impact of Raising Awareness of Sustainable Development Goals: A Survey Experiment Eliciting Stakeholder Preferences for Corporate Behavior” (with Shinji Kaneko) in Journal of Cleaner Production. She completed a Ph.D program without a dissertation at Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP), Osaka University.
Dahlia Simangan (Moderator)
Associate Professor @Hiroshima University
Dr Dahlia Simangan is an Associate Professor at Hiroshima University. She is a core member of the Network for Education and Research on Peace and Sustainability (NERPS) and teaches at the International Peace and Co-existence Program of the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences. Prior to that, she was a Kanagawa University JSPS postdoctoral fellow at the the United Nations University–Centre for Policy Research in Tokyo. She obtained her PhD in International, Political and Strategic Studies from the Australian National University in 2017. Her research interests include post-conflict peacebuilding, international relations in the Anthropocene, and the peace-sustainability nexus.