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Scope & Agenda


Innovation is a focus of attention for both the public and private sectors. Each country is developing its own national innovation ecosystem to become more competitive in large-scale global competition. In contrast, the Global Innovation Ecosystem (GIES) is a global concept intended to address many global issues and problems that have arisen in recent years—from sustainable development and corporate competitiveness to climate change, shortages of water and food, exhaustion of natural resources, emerging infectious diseases—through global cooperation based on innovation. In the GIES all countries involved must play a role in creating innovative solutions to global problems. The concept, scheme, and functions of GIES have been discussed and explored in the past two international conferences and follow-up meetings since September,2006.

GIES2008, the third international conference in the series, will provide a forum for interested parties to further discuss how to establish the GIES and utilize it to solve global problems in a more concrete way. Establishment of the GIES is not only important for public sectors but also crucial for sustaining continuous private-sector growth.

The conference will explore solutions at the national, regional, and global levels. It will aim at making a proposal to global society and governments concerning what actions should be taken to establish the GIES in order to solve global problems through cooperation and coalition for a sustainable planet.

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Date: March 13, 2008
Open Symposium

Day 1 will be a symposium open to the public, with participants representing the Japanese government, leading businesses, and academic communities, with international guest speakers and panelists. This part will include keynote speeches and a panel discussion on the future of our global society and the balance between cooperation and competitiveness.

Program (Presentation Materials)

Date: March 14, 2008
Closed Workshop by invitation

Day 2 will be for invited participants only, to continue discussions on the creation and utilization of the GIES. Parallel sessions will draw up scenarios for addressing the following global issues through science-based innovation:

  • Which innovations can help achieve “Cool Earth 50” through more effective utilization of natural energy resources
  • How to use energy-saving technologies to sustain development in many countries
  • How to overcome water and food shortages on a global scale
  • How to measure innovation, productivity, and competitiveness

In the final session, we shall produce a statement on the actions each country should take in order to establish the GIES through global cooperation and resolve the common problems facing our planet in the future.

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Background to the argument about GIES


Date: September 8 and 9, 2006
Venue: Kyoto International Conference Hall (Kyoto, Japan)

At GIES2006, the concept of GIES (Global Innovation Ecosystem) and how to build it into a scheme for international cooperation was discussed.


Symposium: June 29, 2007
Venue: Keidanren Hall (Tokyo, Japan)
Workshop: June 30, 2007
Venue: National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (Tokyo, Japan)

At GIES2007, agreement was essentially reached on the meaning of GIES and the importance of building the GIES to address current global issues such as sustainability, global warming, disparity of wealth, water and food shortages, emerging infectious diseases, and so on.

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