Kyoto City, in a partnership with City of Paris and ICLEI announced plans to host the Kyoto Conference on the Global Environment 2017 “Kyoto+20” in December, this year to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Kyoto Protocol, the first international agreement on climate change in human history.

1 Date and Venue

Sun. December 10, 2017 10:00 - 17:40 (Tantive)
Kyoto International Conference Center

2 Aims

  1. To arrive at a joint resolution towards implementing and recognizing the importance of measures against global warming, examine the significance of the Kyoto Protocol since its birth based on the accomplishments and measures against climate change in cities from around the world, and discuss the advancement of countermeasures through the Paris Agreement.
  2. To deepen measures against global warming on a worldwide-scale based on the strengthening of inter-city partnerships and collaboration with organizations like ICLEI (a network of local governments with the goal of sustainability and an official consulting body to the UN). This is an issue the City of Kyoto has been working towards with the Mayor of Kyoto, while chairperson of the ICLEI East Asia Regional Executive Meeting, has stressed the importance of the role cities play in becoming the large-scale emission source as they develop through urbanization.

3 Themes

“Further Challenges for Climate Change- from the Kyoto Protocol to the Paris Agreement”
“Toward the Formulation of Sustainable City Cultures in Balance with the Environment”

4 Sponsors

Sponsor: City of Kyoto
Co-sponsor: Inter-University Research Institute Corporation, National Institute for the Humanities Research Institute for Humanity and Nature, ICLEI Japan, Kyoto Environmental Activities Association
Supporters: Ministry of the Environment, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Kyoto Prefecture, Kyoto Chamber of Commerce and Industry, etc.

5 Program Outline


Plenary Session Greetings from Sponsors (Special Presentation by Kyoto City Mayor, Daisaku Kadokawa)
Guest Greetings
Keynote Addresses
・Neboisa Nakicenovic (Deputy Director General/Deputy CEO of International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)*
*International research institution located in Austria
・Hisatake Kato (Professor Emeritus at Kyoto University)

Parallel Sessions:
Coordinator &
①Advancing Measures Against Global Warming Based on Inter-City Partnerships
Coordinator: Hikaru Kobayashi (Fulbright Scholar in Residence at North Central College, Naperville, IL, USA)
-City of Paris (France)
-Kyoto City (Japan)
*Some other panelists will represent cities from USA and Asian countries.

②Designing Low-Carbon Cities
Coordinator: Toru Morotomi (Professor at Kyoto University Graduate School of Economics)
-Seiichi Nishimoto (Kyoto Municipal Institute of Industrial Technology and Culture Advanced Science, Technology and Management Research Institute of KYOTO, Kyoto University)
-Naoyuki Yamagishi (WWF Japan)
-Yokohana City (Japan)
*Some other panelists will represent cities from USA and European countries.

③Toward the Formulation of Sustainable City Cultures in Balance with the Environment
Coordinator: Midori Aoyagi (Senior Researcher at National Institute for Environmental Studies Center for Social and Environmental Systems Research)
-Pavan Sukhdev (Founder – CEO,GIST Advisory)
-Hiroshi Takatsuki (Kyoto Environmental Activities Association(KEAA), Kyoto University)
-Ken Noguchi (Alpinist)
-Gino Van Begin (ICLEI Secretary General)
-Naoki Matsubara (Kyoto Prefectural University)

Plenary Session Keynote Address
Tetsuzo Yasunari (Director General of Research Institute for Humanity and Nature)
Parallel Session Overview, etc.
Moderator: Hironori Hamanaka (Chairperson of ICLEI Japan)
Announcement of the Kyoto Declaration (temporary name)

6 Kyoto Declaration (temporary name)

Based on the great advancements from the Kyoto Protocol to the Paris Agreement, the Kyoto Declaration will be adopted and transmitted to the world's cities and share the cletermination for achievement of the Paris Agreement from Kyoto.

7 Open Invitation to Cities (Anticipated)

Starting with Paris, the conference will invite cities with advanced environmental programs from Japan and around the world to participate.

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