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Optimization of cities where people live is extremely important in light of the forecast that 70 to 75% of the world population will become urban residents in 2050.
Our main argument will be that in order to achieve a sustainable city, SDG 11 "Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable", a vast range of interconnected issues to tackle with STI within the frame of SDG11 need to be linked up: these include water scarcity (SDG6), energy (SDG7), food security (SDG2) and infrastructure (SDG9) including transportation.
Eminent speakers from Europe, South Africa, Asia, as well as International Organization will get together to discuss about Urban Nexus as a crucial concept for resolving core social problems such as poverty and the deterioration of human wellbeing by also utilizing the power of social sciences.
We would like to make this session ultimately aims to present these outcomes from Science Agora 2017 by incorporating the voice of general publics at the coming UN STI forum which is planned to be held in the summer of 2018.

Date 16:45-18:00, November 24th(Fri), 2017
Venue MeetingRoomB, 8th Floor
Organizer Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)
STI for SDGs Task Team
URL http://www.jst.go.jp/EN/about/sdgs/index.html
Pre-registration https://form.jst.go.jp/enquetes/agora2017future-city

Timetable:

Friday, November 24th, 2017
16:45 From Organizer & Tone Setting
16:53 Presentations
17:13 Feedback from Young Commentators
17:19 Discussion
17:44 Q&A with Floor
17:54 Key Findings
17:57 Closing Remarks
18:00 END

Moderator, Presenter, and Commentator

【Moderator】

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Aiko Endo
Associate Professor, Research Institute for Humanity and Nature (RIHN)
Aiko Endo studies the economics of fisheries as well as coastal and marine policy. She is leading a project “Human Environmental Security in the Asia Pacific Ring of Fire: Water-Energy-Food Nexus”, aims to understand the complexity of the water-energy-food nexus system, to create policy options to reduce trade-offs among resources, and to solve the conflicts of resource users under the scientific evidence and uncertainty to maximize human environmental security for sustainable development.


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Robert-Jan Smits
Director-General of DG Research and Innovation (RTD), European Commission
Robert-Jan Smits is responsible for defining and implementing the EU policy and programmes in the field of research and innovation (average annual budget 8 billion euro). He is chairing several high-level committees such as European Research Area Committee (ERAC), the Steering Committee of the ERC (ERCEA), the Executive Committee of Global Initiative on Earth Observations (GEO) and joint S&T committees with Europe’s key global partners.

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Flavia Schlegel
Assistant Director-General for the Natural Sciences at United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
Prior to UNESCO, Flavia Schlegel was responsible in international science cooperation in the US and in China. She held various high level positions at the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health. She is the holder of a Medical Doctorate obtained in May 1992 from the University of Zurich in Switzerland and a Master’s Degree in Organizational Development obtained in July 2001 from the Institute for Interdisciplinary Research and Continuing Education of the Universities of Klagenfurt and Vienna (Austria).

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Daan du Toit
Deputy Director-General for International Cooperation and Resources, Department of Science and Technology, South Africa
Daan du Toit is responsible for all aspects of South Africa’s international science, technology and innovation partnerships since 2014. He has represented South Africa in various multilateral forums dedicated to international S&T cooperation, including OECD Global Science Forum and the Group on Earth Observations in which establishment he had played a central role.

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Isamu Takahara
General Manager, BR-Frontier Research in Policy and Technology Dept., Toyota Motor Corporation/Director and Specially Appointed Professor, R&D Center for Frontiers in Policy and Technology, University of Tsukuba
Isamu Takahara joined Toyota Motor Corporation in 1988. He was in charge of body-design enginieering and development of new models such as Crown and Lexus GS. Currently he studies frontier reserch of the intelligent transportation sysytem with the theme of next-generation vehicle and society as a member of Energy Strategic committee of the Cabinet Office. Concurrently he serves as a Director of R&D Center of Tsukuba University and earned his Ph.D. in policy and planning sciences.


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Sippakorn Khaimook
Research Student (e-ASIA Japanese Government Scholarship) Osaka University
After studying Electrical Engineering and ICT, he worked for NECTEC (Thai National Electronic Computer Technology Research Center), on Global Navigation Satellite System to help build better infrastructures. As a part of Thailand smart public bus initiator team, he enabled bus location and arrival time available to the public and improved quantity and quality of urban transportation. He also helped developing waste management system in Phuket to optimize garbage trucks scheduling. He plans to start doctoral course under Prof. Kenji Doi at Osaka Uni.verity as an e-ASIA Japanese Government Scholarship student.

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Katsuhito Okubo
Representative of Japan Youth Platform for Sustainability / Regional Focal Point on North, East, and South-East Asia (NESEA) for Habitat process, UN Major Group for Children and Youth
Katsuhito Okubo is the Representative of the Japan Youth Platform for Sustainability (JYPS) , a national youth-led advocacy platform to engage Japanese Youth in the international processes, such as G7/G20, UN-Habitat, TICAD, DRR, FfD, SDGs, and HLPF. He is currently a graduate student studying Architectural Engineering and Design, especially majored in sustainable urban development based on DRR. He is also the Co-Founder of the student chapter of Habitat for Humanity, Japan where he is trained in organization and coordination.


【Organizer】

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Takao Kuramochi
Senior Deputy Director-General, Center for Research and Development Strategy (CRDS), /Leader of STI for SDGs Task Team, JST
After joining S&T administration in the Government of Japan, he has served as Science Councilor of the Japanese Embassy in the US, Executive Director of RIKEN, General of Research Promotion Bureau of MEXT and Director General for STI Policy of Cabinet Office, beforehand.

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Satoru Ohtake
Principal Fellow (International Affairs)/Sub-leader of STI for SDGs Task Team, JST
After joining S&T administration in the Government of Japan, he worked as a negotiator for international collaborations such as GEO and ITER. He has served as Senior Executive Director of JST, Executive Research Fellow in Economic and Social Research Institute of Cabinet Office from 2015-2016, beforehand.

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