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News "Sophia University United Nations Weeks, June 2018" will be held from June 1 to 11

"Sophia University United Nations Weeks, June 2018" will be held from June 1 to 11

“To consider our world and the future through the U.N activities”

Started in 2014 with the concept “To consider our world and the future through the U.N activities”, this will be its 9th time for Sophia UN weeks to be held. Eight events will take place including the talk session welcoming David Chikvidze, Chef de Cabinet to the Director General of UNOG with Akashi Yasushi, Former Under-Secretary General of the UN and Ichiro Fujisaki, Former Japanese Ambassador to the United States. We hope as many of you will be able to attend.

◆Registration:Here

SDGs Panel Exhibition
“Partnership creates our world”

How much do you know about “UN Sustainable Development Goals: SDGs”? We created the panel display for your understanding

Date: June 1 to 11 9:00 ~17:00
Venue:Yotsuya Campus No.2 BLDG Entrance Lobby 
Open to Sophia Students, faculty members, high school students and public(Free entrance, no registration required)
Language: Japanese and English
Organizer: Sophia University, United Nations University Institute for the Advance Study for Sustainability (UNU-IAS), Global Environment Outreach Center (GEOC)

Talk Session
“World Order in an Age of Uncertainty: Challenges and Opportunities for the United Nations”

We are witnessing the major changes in international relations. Are we moving in the direction of more conflicts or a more collaborative and peaceful world? We seem to be at a crossroads of these different currents. In that context what can the United Nations do? We sill address these questions together with a senior UN official and foreign policy experts.

Date: June 4 18:00 ~ 19:30 (Doors open at 17:00)      
Venue: Yotsuya Campus No.2 BLDG 17th Floor International Conference Hall
Open to Sophia Students, faculty members, high school students and public (Registration required)
Language: Japanese and English (with simultaneous interpretation)
Organizer: Sophia University

【Programme】
〇Keynote Speech〇
 David Chikvaidze (Chef de Cabinet to the Director General of UNOG)
〇Talk Session〇
 Panelists:
 Yasushi Akashi (Chairman of International House of Japan, Former Under-Secretary General of the UN, Special Representative of UN Secretary General)
 Ichiro Fujisaki President of The America- Japan Society, INC. Former Japanese Ambassador to the United States, Visiting Professor Sophia University)
 Moderator: Yukihiro Ueki (Professor, Faculty of Global Studies, and former UN Spokesman)

◆Registration:Here
◆Flyer:Here(1001.48 KB)

Symposium
“How can research and educational activities contribute to achieving SDGs?”

Building Pan-Pacific Partnerships: Transcending boundaries towards collaborative rehabilitation of wetland and their communities.

Date: June 6 17:00~19:00 (Doors open at 16:30)
Venue: Yotsuya Campus No.2 BLDG 17th Floor International Conference Hall
Open to Sophia Students, faculty members, high school students and public (Registration required)
Language: English
Organizer: Sophia University Institute for Studies of the Global Environment
Co-organizer: Sophia University Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies, Javeriana University (Colombia)
Cooperation:Sophia University Iberoamerican Institute

【Programme】
〇Part 1〇
Putting SDGs on researchers’ agendas: perspectives from wetlands
 <Speaker>
 Professor Guangwei Huang Sophia University Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies
 Professor Sebastian Restrepo Calle Javeriana University
 Professor Juan Ricardo Gomez Serrano  Javeriana University
〇Part 2〇
“SDGs as an integral part of the Pan-Pacific wetland dialogue”
Moderator:Professor Ann Mcdonald, Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies
 <Panelists>
 Professor Guangwei Huang Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies
 Professor Sebastian Restrepo Calle Javeriana University
 Professor Juan Ricardo Gomez Serrano  Javeriana University
Professor Akemi Ori, Sophia University Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies
Professor Noriko Hataya, Sophia University Department of Hispanic Studies

◆Registration:Here
◆Flyer:Here(157.75 KB)

Symposium
“The evolution of Business and Human Rights and Challenges for Japanese business at home and abroad – marking the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights”

Since the adoption of UN Guiding Principles of Business and Human Rights, the role of businesses in the realization of human rights has drawn increasing attention and corporate efforts in various business sectors have been progressing. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the UN General Assembly. To honor this milestone, the international symposium will highlight the evolution of business and human rights, including the changing landscape of expectations for businesses. We will
be joined by representative of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) as the keynote speaker, to provide insights into the role businesses should take to promote respect for human rights.
In particular, the symposium will focus on the role of finance to drive respect for human rights, and discuss ongoing efforts undertaken by companies to address human rights risks in overseas supply chains as well as those in Japan related to foreign worker rights in the run up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and beyond.

Date:June 7 9:50 ~16:30 (Doors open 9:30)
Venue: Yotsuya Campus No.2 BLDG 17th floor, International Conference Hall
Opens to Sophia Students, faculty members, high school students and public (Registration required)
Language: Japanese・English (with simultaneous interpretation)

Organisers: Sophia University, Global Compact Network Japan, EY Japan, IDE-JETRO

【Programme】
moderator: Yoshiteru Uramoto, Sophia University
〇Keynote Speech〇
“Chief of the Human Rights and Economic and Social Issues Section”
 Lene Wendland(OHCHR Chief of the Human Rights and Economic and Social Issues Section)

〇Plenary session 1: The role of finance to promote respect for human rights 

Presentation:
Masafumi Hikima, Professor, Trustee for Management Planning, Sophia School Corporation
Panel Discussion:
Emi Onozuka, Executive Director/Vice President, QIS Client Portfolio Management, Goldman Sachs Asset Management
Yuko Hirano, Vice President, Sustainability Office, Strategic Plannning Department, Mizuho Financial Group
Lene Wendland, OHCHR

〇Plenary Session 2: Business & Human Rights Challenges abroad: Promoting respect for human rights in overseas supply chains

Presentations:
Yoshiteru Uramoto, Distinguished Professor, Sophia University
Tomohisa Muranushi, Partner, Baker McKenzie Law Firm
Miwa Yamada, Director, Law and Institutions Study Group, Institute of Developing Economies, IDE-JETRO
Panel Discussion:
Noriko Kimura, Manager, Aeon Supplier CoC Secretariat,
Quality Management Department, AEON RETAIL Co., Ltd.
Koichi Yanagita, General Manager, Corporate Sustainability, Kao Corporation
Facilitator: Miwa Yamada, IDE-JETRO

〇Plenary session 3: Business & Human Rights Challenges at home in the context of Mega Sporting events, with particular focus on foreign workers in Japan

Panel Discussion:
Kinya Tokuhiro, Sustainability Department, Tokyo Organising Committee of Olympic and Paralympic Games
Masaki Wada, Chief Executive Officer, Energetic Green/ Board Member, The Global Alliance for Sustainable Supply Chain
Tomomi Nara, Social and Environmental Affairs/Group Legal Compliance Manager, Adidas Japan
Lene Wendland, OHCHR
Facilitator: asataka Nagoshi, Manager, Climate Change and Sustainability Service, EY Japan

◆Registration:Here
◆Flyer:Here(499.93 KB)

Symposium
“Education for Sustainable Development ESD in Higher Education:How does a University face the Challenge of SDGs”

United Nations declared Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015. In Japan, Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) has been promoted in schools such as those registered as UNESCO Associated Schools (UNESCO Schools). Primary and secondary schools are undergoing major curriculum revisions, enabling them to adopt more holistic approaches to learning for the 21st century. In the meantime, some higher education institutions have attempted to create cross-maintaining essentially discipline-based teaching. How does a university deal with the idea of a “sustainable society” proposed by the United Nations and engage students in learning in a meaningful way? This symposium provides an opportunity to reflect on these questions particularly from the perspective of social science.

Date:June 8 17:30 ~19:20 (Doors open 17:00)
Venue:Yotsuya Campus No.2 BLDG 17th Floor International Conference Hall
Open to Sophia Students, faculty members, high school students and public (Registration required)
Language: Japanese and English (with simultaneous interpretation)
Host:Center for global Education and Discovery, Sophia University

【Programme】
〇Keynote speech〇  
“How Does Social Science Contribute ESD in Higher Education?”
Dr. Chayan Vaddhanaphuti, Director, Regional Center for Social Science and Sustainable Development, Faculty of Social Sciences, Chiang Mai University(Thailand)

〇Panel Discussion〇
<Speakers>
Dr. Yoshiyuki Nagata, Professor, Faculty of Education, University of the Sacred Heart, Japan Deputy Director, Sacred Heart Institute for Sustainable Futures
Dr. Philip Vaughter, Research Fellow, United Nations University- Institute of the Advanced Study of Sustainability, Japan (UNU-IAS)
Dr. Chayan Vaddhanaphut, Chiang Mai University(Thailand)
Moderator:Dr. Taro Komatsu, Professor, Department of Education, Director, Center for Global Education and Discovery, Sophia University

◆Registration:Here 
◆Flyer:Here(665.97 KB)