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International Environmental Symposium
Routes to a Low Carbon Society in Commemoration of World Environment Day

Press Release 07-024-E 2007.05.11

Celebrating the 35th anniversary of the “World Environment Day,” United Nations Information Centre, Tokyo (UNIC) will hold an international environmental sumposium entitled “Routes to a Low Carbon Society,” together with Team Minus 6% and the British Embassy. The symposium aims to stimulate discussion on a scenario towards a low carbon society by providing domestic opinion leaders with the summary of each Working Group report for the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report as well as the world trend over the global warming.

Event Title:

International Environmental Symposium: Routes to a Low Carbon Society

Date:

16:30-19:30, Tuesday, 5 June 2007

Venue:

Marunouchi Building Hall (3-minute walk from Tokyo Station)
7F, 2-4-1, Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo

Organizer:

Team Minus 6% (Ministry of the Environment), The British Embassy, 
United Nations Information Centre, Tokyo (UNIC)

Participants
(to be confirmed):

Mr. Masatoshi Wakabayashi, Minister of the Environment
Mr. Achim Steiner *, Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme
* Participation through video message. (to be confirmed)
Mr. Graham Holbrook Fry, British Ambassador to Japan
Ms. Charmine Koda, Director, United Nations Information Centre
Mr. Shuzo Nishioka, Senior Advisor, the National Institute for Environmental Studies
Mr. Robert Watson, Chief Scientist & Senior Advisor for Sustainable Development
and Climate Change at the World Bank, former IPCC Chair

Programme: Lecture & Panel discussion
Admission: Free
Capacity:

300 seats (*Prior application is required. If the number of applicants exceeds the capacity, a drawing will take place.)

Registration:

Please register yourself by e-mail, fax or mail showen below, indicating “Application – Routes to a Low Carbon Society.” 
Application requires: your name, address, contacts (Tel / Fax / E-mail address), name of organization, and department/division.

  1. E-mail: info@tem-6.net
  2. Fax to: Team Minus 6% Secretariat  (Fax: 03-5446-4908)
  3. Mail to: Team Minus 6% Secretariat  
    104-8689 (general delivery at Kyobashi Post Office)
Deadline: 23:00 hours, Monday, 28 May 2007
Notes:

If the number of applicants exceeds the capacity, a drawing will take place. Admission tickets will be sent out by 1 June. Please be sure to bring the ticket to the Symposium.

Profiles of Speakers

Achim Steiner, Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme

* Participation through video message.

 

Ex-Director General of IUCN-the World Conservation Union. A German national, born in Brazil in 1961. MA from the University of London (development economics). Served on a international advisory boards including the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment. Worked as Chief Technical Advisor on a programme for the sustainable management of Mekong River watersheds and community-based natural resources management.

Graham Fry, KCMG, British Ambassador to Japan

Took up his appointment as Ambassador to Japan in July 2004. Graduated from Brasenose College, Oxford University in 1972 and entered the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the same year. He has previously served in Japan twice, 1974-78 and 1989-93, as well as in France. He was High Commissioner in Malaysia from 1998-2001, and Director-Deneral(Economic) at the Foregin and Commonwealth Office in London before coming to Tokyo.

Charmine Koda, Director, United Nations Information Centre

MA (Harvard University, Kennedy school of government). She began her career in broadcasting as co-host of a weekly international news program on NHK TV, and later co-anchor of the national daily evening news program on Fuji TV network. She has moved on to specialize in environmental issues as journalist and commentator. Ms. Koda has served for a number of years as a member of Central Environmental Council, Council of Forestry Policy, and other governmental advisory committees. She currently serves on the board of directors of the Institute for Global Environmental Strategy (IGES), and Earth Water & Green Foundation, among others.

Shuzo Nishioka, Senior Advisor, the National Institute for Environmental Studies

PhD.(University of Tokyo, engineering). Served as Professor of Tokyo Institute of Technology, Keio University, Executive Director of the National Institute for Environmental Studies, Japan (NIES) as well as Project leader (Climate Policy) of the Institute for Global Environmental Strategy (IGES). Also as Coordinating Lead Author of IPCC Reports since 1988, project leader of “Japan Low Carbon Society Scenarios toward 2050,” which is research project on establishing of methodology to evaluate middle to long term environmental policy options toward low carbon society in Japan.

Robert Watson, Chief Scientist & Senior Advisor for Sustainable Development and Climate Change at the World Bank

Ex-Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) from 1997 to 2002. Associate Director for Environment in the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Executive Office of the President during the Clinton administration. Prior to joining the Clinton White House, Director of the Science Division and Chief Scientist for the Office of Mission to Planet Earth at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Ph.D. in Chemistry from London University. He has received many national and international awards and prizes for his contributions to science, including the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences Award for Scientific Freedom and Responsibility and the insignia of Honorary Companion of St. Michael and St. George from the British Government.