Project Description

Under the leadership of Senior Vice-Rector Sawako Shirahase, the United Nations University (UNU) Centre launched a new project called “Big Ideas: SDG Dialogue Series” to introduce and encourage in-depth discussions on various sustainable development goals (SDGs) related issues at UNU. The UNU is made up of 13 research institutes, each with different strengths, focal points and disciplines. All 13 institutes carry out valuable research activities related to the SDGs at UNU.
“Big Ideas” are for all who wish to know more about UNU, and especially for those who reside in Japan, the hosting country, but are not familiar with what they do. The dialogue aims to increase the knowledge that the people have in Japan about UNU research and institutes, particularly as the majority of institutes are located outside of Japan.

Sawako Shirahase
Project Manager, UNU Senior Vice-Rector

Past Events

Tuesday, 20 September 2022
18:00 - 19:00 (JST)

“Comprehensive Innovation for Sustainable Development”, a BIG IDEAS Dialogue with Dr Bartel Van de Walle

Tuesday, 30 August 2022
18:00 - 19:00 (JST)

“The Good Jobs Challenge in Developing Countries” by Kunal Sen,
Director, UNU-WIDER

Tuesday, 26 July 2022
18:00 - 19:00 (JST)

「人間の安全保障への脅威に挑む世界と日本、そして私たち」by Tetsuo Kondo,
Director, UNDP Representation Office in Tokyo

Tuesday, 19 July 2022
18:00 - 19:00 (JST)

「世界を変革するコミュニケーション」by Kaoru Nemoto, Director of United Nations Information Center (UNIC)

Tuesday, 5 July 2022
18:00 - 19:00 (JST)

「ビジネスモデルの大転換:利潤と社会的課題解決の同時追求」
by Shinichi Takasaki, Director, International Labour Organization(ILO) Office for Japan

Tuesday, 28 June 2022
18:00 - 19:00 (JST)

「不確実な時代だからこそ必要なSDGsの推進」 by Asako Okai, UN Assistant
Secretary-General, Director of UNDP’s Crisis Bureau

Tuesday, 21 June 2022
18:00 - 19:00 (JST)

「国連で働く毎日とは?」by Mihoko Kumamoto, UNITAR Hiroshima

Tuesday, 14 June 2022
18:00 - 19:00 (JST)

「SDGs をCSRでなく『本業のゴール』にするために:世界の課題をビジネスで解決する」by Yuko Yasunaga, Head of UNIDO ITPO Tokyo

Tuesday, 24 May 2022
18:00 - 19:00 (JST)

“No Child Left Behind: UNICEF’s Activities for Linking Humanitarian, Development
and Peace” by Mr. Mio Nemoto, Senior Advisor of UNICEF (United Nations Children’s
Fund) Tokyo Office

Friday, 20 May 2022
18:00 - 19:00 (JST)

“The World is Connected-What we can do today for a gender-equal society-”
with Ms. Kae Ishikawa, Director, UN Women Japan Liaison Office