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, 4 April 2023
18:00 - 19:00 (JST)

“Preventing HIV in Women: Addressing Gender Inequities with Science”, a BIG IDEAS Dialogue with Professor Quarraisha Abdool Karim

Tuesday, 7 March 2023
18:00 - 19:00 (JST)

“Leveraging Collective Intelligence for a Sustainable Future: Human and Machine Intelligence” a BIG IDEAS Dialogue with Dr Jingbo Huang

Tuesday 7 February 2023
18:00 - 19:00 (JST)

「持続可能な未来を実現するシナジーの重要性」by Shinobu Yamaguchi, Director of
the United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS)

Tuesday 31 January 2023
18:00 - 19:00 (JST)

“The Crucial Value of Approaching SDG Targets through a Nexus Lens”, a BIG IDEAS Dialogue with Professor Edeltraud Guenther

Tuesday 24 January 2023
18:00 - 19:00 (JST)

“Digital Governance as a Propeller for More Effective, Accountable, and Inclusive Institutions: Trends and Challenges”, A BIG IDEAS Dialogue with Dr Delfina Soares

Tuesday 17 January 2023
18:30 - 19:30 (JST)

「複雑化する世界における保健医療の新たな課題」by Ryoma Kayano,
Technical Officer, WHO Centre for Health Development (WHO Kobe)

Tuesday 20 December 2022
18:00 - 19:00 (JST)

“Internal Displacement at a Crossroads: Quo Vadis”, A BIG IDEAS Dialogue with
Atty. Cecilia Jimenez-Damary

Tuesday 1 November 2022
18:00 - 19:00 (JST)

「SDGsの世界観と社会共創のための思考方法」by Kazuo Tase, President and CEO,
SDG Partners, Inc.

Tuesday 25 October 2022
18:00 - 19:00 (JST)

“Policymaking for Sustainable Development in a Multiplex World”, A BIG IDEAS
Dialogue with Philippe De Lombaerde

Tuesday 18 October 2022
18:00 - 19:00 (JST)

“Interconnected Disaster Risks and Solutions: Crafting Hope for Actions”, a BIG
IDEAS Dialogue with Prof. Dr Shen Xiaomeng

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)

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