Panel on "What's Next for Sustainability Science?"

When :

from Thursday 27 September, 2018
to Thursday 27 September, 2018

Type of event :

Meeting by Member States or Institutions

Where :

Fukuoka International Convention Center, 2-1 Sekijomachi, Hakata Ward, Fukuoka Perfecture, 812-0032, Fukuoka, Japan

Contact :

Irakli Khodeli,

UNESCO will organize a panel, on 27 September, dedicated to the exploration of the future direction of sustainability science (SuS) and its application to concrete socio-environmental challenges in Southeast Asia. Since the turn of the 21st century, SuS has emerged as a new transdisciplinary academic endeavour to offer a new, integrated way of thinking about the complex problems of global and local sustainability, and to promote solutions that contribute to rebuilding a workable relationship between human society and the environment.

This event is organized in the context of the 4th World Social Science Forum which will be dedicated to the theme of “Security and Equality for Sustainable Futures” (Fukuoka, Japan, from 25 to 28 September 2018). The Forum is organized by the International Science Council (ISC), under the patronage of UNESCO.

The UNESCO Office in Jakarta has been at the forefront of putting SuS into practice, working closely with governments and local communities to co-design, co-produce and co-implement the projects that address pressing societal concerns.

The will tackle the following questions:
1. what lessons have we learnt for promoting human security through the recent initiatives of applied sustainability science?; and
2. what is the future role of sustainability science for achieving SDGs?

The need to find answers to these questions has never been more acute for human security and safety. The future of our planet and its support systems is in peril because the national strategic development plans across the world decouple population and economic growth from the externalities they create. As a result, environmental degradation and loss of biodiversity and of ecosystems’ services is the price that the countries and communities pay for economic development. As difficult as it may sound, the transformation of human behaviour seems to be the only solution, rather than “fiddling around the edges”. As the only way to avoid catastrophic environmental and societal consequences, the experts are calling for transformational change driven by a realignment of societal values, where individuals and governments follow universal ethical principles of intergenerational equity and environmental sustainability as a political priority.

The UNESCO panel will feature the following speakers:
Atty. Joan Sheelah O. Nalliw, Indigenous Peoples Mandatory Representative in the Municipal Council of Mayoyao, Ifugao, Philippines.
Prof Kuniyoshi Takeuchi, Chair of JSCE National Committee for ACECC TC21, Co-chair of ACECC TC21, Professor Emeritus of University of Yamanashi.
Dr. Ai Sugiura, Science and Policy Capacity Building Programme Specialist, UNESCO Jakarta; and Irakli Khodeli, Programme Specialist for Social and Human Sciences, UNESCO Jakarta.