CEC members Osamu Abe, Masahiro Kawatei and Makiko Imai, with Akiko Domoto and Naoya Furuta, announce the creation of a volunteer initiative linking Rio+20 to the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity.
Makiko Imai, CEC member
A number of individuals from Japan who were involved in the launch of the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity (UNDB) in Kanazawa, Japan, on 17 December 2011 feel that Rio+20 in June 2012 offers an opportunity to build very important momentum to remind international society about the importance of biodiversity and "Living in Harmony with Nature". Rio+20 is the 20th-year celebration from Rio Earth Summit, birthplace of the Convention on Biological Diversity.
The individual volunteers formed the initiative called "Rio+20 and Biodiversity Japan" . For information, please visit the Facebook page >>
Our members includes key players such as Akiko Domoto, involved in the negotiation of CBD and also former board member of IUCN, and Naoya Furuta, a current IUCN member, among others.
Professor Abe, and the initiative's Secretary General, Masahiro Kawatei, are members of the IUCN Commission on Education and Communication. CEC member Makiko Imai is a member of the secretariat of this initiative. Participants in the new initiative include:
- DOMOTO, Akiko (Biodiversity Japan)
- TAKEUCHI, Kazuhiko (Vice Rector, UNU)
- WAKUI, Shiro (Professor, Tokyo City University)
- YOSHIDA, Masato (Chairperson of IUCN Japan)
- ABE, Osamu (Professor, Rikkyo University)
- NAKASHIZUKA, Tohru (Professor, Tohoku University)
- KOSAKA, Ryo (Associate Professor, Nagoya City University)
- FURUTA, Naoya (Senior Project Officer, IUCN)
- KUSAKARI, Hidenori (Vice Chairperson of IUCN Japan)
- KURECHI, Masayuki (President, Japan Association for Wild Geese Protection)
- KASHIWAGI, Minoru (Co-Chair of Ramsar Network Japan)
- and many more...
At the global kick-off of the UNDB, we prepared the draft and that was adapted as "Ishikawa Declaration". The Ishikawa Declaration calls on the participants to the Rio+20 Summit, scheduled for June 2012, to give high priority to the biodiversity agenda and fully integrate the Aichi Biodiversity Targets as an integral part the Summit’s expected outcomes. Read more >>
The Rio+20 and Biodiversity Japan initiative made comment on the Rio+20 zero draft and will keep actively involved in the Rio+20 process.