What can STI contribute to the global issues today such as SDGs we have to cope with?
Humans, under the circumstances of limited space and resources of earth, now face various issues related to natural and social environment, and, in addition, these issues are common to the world, not staying as problems which might be solved by one country or region. At present, countries with higher population below poverty line under the world average which do not have a constant access to energy, water, and food are 70 countries (CIA World Factbook,2013) and it is said that the equivalent of two Earths will be required to support the consumption of environmental resources for the world's population by 2030 according to WWF calculation.
Based on the awareness in this context of spatial and chronological inequality, United Nation unanimously adopted at its General Assembly in 2015 the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which includes Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), consisted of 17 goals and 169 targets. These goals, starting from “end of poverty and hunger”, through “global climate action”, “preservation of life below water and on land” and “peace, justice and strong institutions”, to “world partnerships for goals”, are interlinking each other and also utilization of modern STI is seem to be essential to realize SDGs. Thus United Nations started to hold STI Forum annually to consider more concrete action agenda of STI for SDGs by many stakeholders world-wide related to STI.
Also, in the global science arena, the importance of the relation between society and STI is highlighted: not only experts of STI, but also different stakeholders of STI including the general public should be engaged in the discussion on the future of society and STI and jointly develop the relation of society & STI.
Taking these two motions into account, it is quite important for science fora, which connect various stakeholders, especially experts and general public, to take the global issues as discussion topics and to deliver variety of opinions, options and ideas to UN activities.
The Science Agora, where stakeholders of the world in charge of STI, especially Asian as well as European, American and African come together will take this year’s opportunity to kick off discussing the global agenda by this session, and this motion is expected to be followed by forthcoming science fora, like such science fora as Science Forum South Africa, AAAS Annual Meetings and so on. Through continuing to take these actions to hold a series of discussions with much more stakeholders will contribute to create new mechanism of world-wide discussion to deliver various opinions to the UN arena. Please join us to discuss internationally from various viewpoints, with ideas and proposals.
|Date||10:15-12:00, November 3rd(Thu), 2016|
|Organizer||Japan Science and Technology Agency(JST)|
10:00 Reception Starts
10:15 Opening Address: Prof. Hamaguchi, President of JST
10:20 Tone Setting: Mr. Ohtake, Adjunct Fellow of CRDS, JST/ Executive Research Fellow in Economic and Social Research Institute of Cabinet Office followed by factual data sharing by Prof.Bucchi
10:35 Panelists views, ideas, thoughts on coping with global issues (5 min.×4)
Dr. Rush Holt, Mr. Michael Ellis, Prof. David Cope and Prof.Tateo Arimoto.
10:55 Comments by young scientists (3min.×3)
Dr. Cuevas, Dr. Komai and Dr. Chollacoop.
11:05 Panel Discussion including floor, led by Prof. Bucchi, Professor of Trento University/Editor in Chief of Public Understanding of Science)
11:45 Summary & Closing remark by Mr.Ohtake