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22 Mar : World Water Day 2019 Symposium: The World’s Water in the Era of the SDGs

On 22 March, UNU-IAS, in collaboration with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and UNIC Tokyo along with the support of the GEOC and Suntory Holdings Ltd, will co-organise a symposium in observance of World Water Day. “Leaving no one behind” is the central premise of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and the key theme of the UN’s efforts for water in 2019. How can we make quality water available for everyone? Eminent water and human rights experts will gather to discuss water, sanitation, and sustainable development for all.


24 Jan : World Wetlands Day 2019

On 24 January 2019, UNU-IAS and Wetlands International Japan will co-organize a symposium to observe World Wetlands Day (WWD) 2019. This year’s theme for WWD is “Wetlands and Climate Change”. Celebrated every year on 2 February, WWD marks the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands in the Iranian city of Ramsar on the same day in 1971.


25 Jan : Solutions to the Problem of Plastic Waste

UNU-IAS will hold a seminar to discuss solutions to the issue of plastic pollution affecting our oceans.


18 Jan : Building Vibrant Communities and Dynamic Partnerships for the SDGs

UNU-IAS and the Ministry of the Environment, Japan, in cooperation with the Global Environmental Outreach Centre (GEOC), will co-organise a symposium on the important role of multi-stakeholder partnerships in implementing the UN Sustainable Development agenda, particularly at the regional and local levels.


17 Dec :Advancing Partnerships for SDG Localization

UNU-IAS will organise a symposium to discuss the importance of partnerships for localization of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This symposium will examine what is taking place to build sustainable communities in Japan, offering best practices from several local governments for other communities to consider as they determine appropriate measures in the era of SDGs.