The symposium for celebrating the launch of the UMI・SACHI Promotion Conference will be held soon!

An excellent environmental symposium at the United Nations University (UNU) in Aoyama!!

- Proposal from Munakata: from the remote past to the future 1000 years ahead –


[Okinoshima Island]
photos presented by Everett Kennedy Brown©

Launching symposium of the UMI・SACHI Promotion Conference

Distinguished people and experts from various fields are meeting together miraculously at the U Thant Hall of the United Nations University (UNU) in Aoyama, Tokyo!

360 people are invited for free on a first-come-first-served basis!

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Speakers and panelists

Takayuki Ashizu
(Chief priest of the Grand Shrine of Munakata / Executive Committee Member for the Munakata International Conference on the Environment)


Nobuo Yofu
(Representative of the Incorporated Association Kyushu Villages / Chief Executive Committee Member for the Munakata International Conference on the Environment)


Satoquo Seino
(Ph.D. Associate Professor, Ecological Engineering Laboratory, Department of Urban and Environmental Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, Kyusyu University)


Kosuke Motani
(Senior Chief Economist, Research Department, The Japan Research Institute, Ltd. / Senior Advisor, Regional Planning Department, Development Bank of Japan Inc.)


Tokutaro Nakai
(Department of Waste and Recycling at the Japanese Ministry of the Environment)


Masaru Tanaka
(Professor emeritus at Kyoto University / Moune Institute for Forest-Sato Studies )


Emile H. Ishida
(Professor emeritus at the Tohoku University/ Representative Partner of the Earth Village Research Lab. LLC)


Yasuyuki Yoshizawa
(President of Low Carbon Society Promotion Association)



©Kazumi Kurigami
Yusuke Iseya 
Actor / Film director / President of the Rebirth Project (Joining the symposium by a video letter)


Everett Kennedy Brown
(Director at the Japan Branch Office of the European Pressphoto Agency (EPA) / Member of the Cool Japan Expert Committee by the Government and the Private Sector)


Tomoyo Nonaka
(Representative of NPO Gaia Initiative / Organizer of the World Shift)


Tetora Tanizaki
(Professor at Kyoto University of Art and Design / Chief Board Director at the World Shift Network Japan / Vise Representative of the Global Summit 2012 Japan)


【MC/Coordinator:】
Toshikazu Mito
(Environmental consultant, ex-Ministry of the Environment/UNDP)




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【Schedule of the symposium】
Part 1: Presentations by those willing about past efforts by the Munakata International Conference on the Environment and establishment of the UMI・SACHI Promotion Conference
Part 2: Introduction by experts about advanced local efforts to aim to achieve coexistence between humans and nature
Part 3: Panel discussion about how to operate the UMI・SACHI Promotion Conference effectively and in a sustainable manner, and about ideal contents of its activities

開催概要

■Organizer of the symposium:General corporation UMI・SACHI Promotion Conference
■Date and time:18:30 – 21:00 on July 13, 2017 (Thurs.)
■Venue of the symposium:United Nations University (UNU) U Thant Hall <Access>
Address:5-53-70 Jingu-mae, Shibuya, Tokyo
■Symposium entry fee: Free
■Seating capacity:About 360
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■Supporters:
Ministry of the Environment, Fukuoka Prefecture, Munakata City
NGO Eco Planet,.Inc NY
NGO Sustainable Green Energy Council,.Inc NY

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■MC/Coordinator:Toshikazu Mito (Environmental consultant, ex-Ministry of the Environment/UNDP)[Profile]
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Tokyo office of the General corporation UMI・SACHI Promotion Conference
Togo House 3F, 5-11-12, Minami-azabu, Minato, Tokyo
Tel:03-3868-3088 Fax:03-3868-3089 HP:090-3232-2389 e-mailkay@umisachi.org



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photos presented by Everett Kennedy Brown©


Gist of the symposium


photos presented by Everett Kennedy Brown©

‘Munakata’ is a sacred place in Fukuoka, Japan, which is inherited from the ancient times that are celebrated by myths. This holy place is now facing increase of sea temperature due to global warming and rocky-shore denudation resulting in decrease of marine plants and other marine lives. And this occurrence is not limited to Munakata. We can hear screams by the earth from all parts of the world.
According to the First Assessment Report published by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), we must immediately reduce greenhouse gas emissions from human activities by over 60% to stabilise their concentrations at today’s levels. Moreover, under the Paris Climate Accord, it is agreed that the member countries aim to hold the increase in the global average temperature to well below two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. Nevertheless, we still cannot stop the temperature increase and it is rather rising after a quarter of a century from adoption of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
Further, global environmental issues are not limited to climate change but causing negative influences on various fields such as degradation of biodiversity and pollution of the natural environment, which are damaging all living things including us humans. Forests are lost, the sea and the atmosphere are polluted, natural capital is being run out.
To try to solve these severe global environmental issues, we established the initiative of the ‘Marine Guardian Grove of a Community’ and began relating activities in the sacred place ‘Munakata’. Four years have already passed since our commencement. Additionally, Munakata area is a part of model districts designated by the ‘Project to connect and support forests, villages, rivers and the sea (Mori-Sato-Kawa-Umi Project)’ organized by the Japanese Ministry of the Environment.
We must nurture forests, develop (eco-friendly) villages, and protect clean water flows in rivers, which result in assisting protection of the Mother Sea. And the protected sea can provide benefits to our living creatures on land. All life forms including human beings can live in a prosperous manner and the natural environment becomes well conserved only when a chain of life and natural capital are well balanced and cooperated miraculously. We should not ignore the fact that these workings of natural circulation are under destruction at this very moment.
The turning point is right now. We must realize a paradigm shift.
The life forms on earth were created in the sea first. The sea is not just a place but home for all living things, and it is the source to support all our daily lives. Japanese people have venerated the sea and committed to conserve it forever with a strong feeling of attachment since early times. In return, we have received countless blessings from the sea. We would like to share this thought of ‘UMI (sea)・SACHI (blessings)’ to the world and make the term commonly understood globally. We aim to enhance our past efforts further, make our activities more solid, and diffuse our thought and activities very broadly by creating partnership with like-minded people in the whole of Japan and the world. It is our given mission as an earthling to recuperate the global environment that is harmed by what is called civilization of mankind.
Therefore, we would like to take over past efforts made by the Munakata International Conference on the Environment, make them more solid through conversing the implementation agency into a corporation, further develop our activities, and take back the true fertile sea so that we can accomplish our mission. Here, we will establish;
‘General corporation UMI・SACHI Promotion Conference’

as a brand-new organization (registration as a corporation is expected to be completed within June this year).
Responsibility of us, who live at present, is to hand over rich nature fostered by eternal flow of time to 100 years ahead or even 1000 years ahead. This promotion conference aims to conduct the activities that help achieve a true sustainable relationship between humans and nature stemming from the concept of ‘UMI’, and send out the message globally. We wish to contribute to protection of the global environment through cooperation and working together with national/local governments, universities, community-based organizations (CBO), local citizens, and international organizations, and through connecting various activities implemented locally and uniting our spirits. Let us send our message to the world with pride based on our national commitment to the environment.
At this symposium, we will hear advice from experts about how to make the new organization’s activities sustainable, how we can spread the movement to other parts of Japan and abroad, and how we can collaborate with like-minded efforts already made in all parts of Japan and in the world. Also, we would like to discuss and exchange opinions on relating topics broadly with participants of the symposium.
Purpose of the symposium:
To brainstorm and discuss together with experts and the symposium participants what the prometon conference should aim in order to create the relationship that natural capital and human beings can truly coexist and to diffuse the concept of ‘UMI・SACHI’ to the whole Japan and the world, and what kind of framework is ideal to make the activities sustainable from the points of manpower and financial management including the organizational structure.



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