Academia & Science

Seminar: Sustainable Development Goals: Japanese and UK approaches

20 March 2019

6.00pm - 8.00pm

Daiwa Foundation, 13 - 14 Cornwall Terrace, London NW1 4QP. Nearest tube: Baker Street

020 7486 4348

Since their adoption by the United Nations in 2015, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have been embraced with remarkable alacrity by the Japanese government and institutions, including notably Keidanren, the Japanese equivalent of the CBI. The Japanese Prime Minister has created a series of annual prizes for contributions to realising the goals both within and outside Japan, and leading Japanese companies have endorsed them as the foundation of their operating practices. The first speaker Fumie Imabayashi, who is in the UK on an SDG-related mission, will explain the background to this remarkable phenomenon. She will be followed by Dr Chris Anastasi who has over 30 years’ experience of encouraging longer-term strategic thinking on global development issues in several leading UK companies, as well as working with the UN.

About the contributors

Fumie Imabayashi
Fumie Imabayashi is Deputy Manager of Technology and Innovation for the SDGs at the Japan Science and Technology Agency. She joined this government agency after graduating from the University of Saskatchewan, Canada. In 2008, she was involved in launching a new research cooperation programme, the Science and Technology Research Partnership for Sustainable Development, the first international research collaboration programme between Japan and developing countries supported by official development aid. Since 2016, she has worked on the analysis and coordination of activities to harness science, technology and innovation for attaining the SDGs, including providing advice to the UN through presentations to its Science, Technology and Innovation Forum and the High Level Political Forum in New York and its Commission on Science and Technology for Development in Geneva.

Dr Chris Anastasi
Dr Chris Anastasi is Chair of the Board of the newly-established Retail Energy Code Co. Chris began his career as a scientist in academia as Senior Lecturer at the University of York and Visiting Professor at the University of Maastricht. Moving to Shell, he developed its strategic long-range energy scenarios. He then became Senior Environmental Adviser to British Energy and later took over government affairs, policy and regulation, including sustainable development policy. On joining International Power (later Engie) his remit extended to international perspectives on such issues. He has also worked with the United Nations, producing the first three of its Global Environmental Outlook series. He has been a member of the UK Department of Trade and Industry’s Energy Panel and the Board of the UK Energy Research Centre. He is the author of the 2018 book Strategic Stakeholder Engagement.

Professor David Cope
Professor David Cope (Chair) is a Foundation Fellow at Clare Hall, University of Cambridge and Commonwealth Scholarships Commissioner.S