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Ceremony & Symposium

The Earth Hall of Fame KYOTO Commendation Ceremony & The Earth Forum Kyoto

Date : Saturday, February 9th, 2019 1:00 p.m. - 1:50 p.m.
Venue : Kyoto International Conference Center, Main Hall (Takaragaike, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto City)
Program :
 > Opening Attraction ("History of the Earth Forum Kyoto" & music performance)
 > Award ceremony
 > Commemorative speech


Christiana Figueres (Born in 1956, Costa Rica) 
(Diplomat/Former Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC))

Christiana Figueres is a world authority on global climate change and was the Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC from 2010-2016.

During her tenure at the UNFCCC Ms. Figueres brought together national and sub-national governments, corporations and activists, financial institutions and communities of faith, think tanks and technology providers, NGOs and parliamentarians, to jointly deliver the historic Paris Agreement on climate change.

In addition to her remarkable diplomatic achievements over the past 20 years, she is now known for founding partner of Global Optimism and currently Vice-Chair of the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy, ClimateWorks Board Member, World Bank Climate Leader, Senior Fellow for Conservation International, Economic Council member for the Rockefeller Foundation Economic Council on Planetary Health and others.

Yamaori Tetsuo (Born in 1931, Japan)
(Religious Scholar)

Religious Scholar; Professor emeritus of International Research Center for Japanese Studies; Professor of National Museum of Japanese History and Graduate University for Advanced Studies.

He has written numerous works under the theme of religion and philosophy.
In 2010 he was awarded the Order of the Sacred Treasure, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon. His books related to environment include “Environment and Civilization: Japanese contributions for the future of our Earth” published in 2005.

His research and enlightenment activity from a view of religious study contribute to disseminate the way how to make harmonious coexistence with the natural surroundings.

Ego Lemos (Born in 1972, East Timor) *Anniversary Prize

Mr. Ego Lemos is a popular singer from East Timor, which is developing country independent in 2002. He also is known for practitioner to preserve water, forest and land.

He grew up amid the confusion of independence. At that time, he was touched by greatness of nature, and realized gratitude and power of music. These experiences motivate his future works as a singer and an environmentalist.
Spreading his idea on peace and nature all around the world, he was acknowledged by an Australian Aboriginal musician in 2006.

He had been a lecturer of sustainable agriculture at universities, and known for beloved singer. Today, based on his wish for children to learn the importance of nature by growing crops, he is energetically spreading the idea of introducing “Edible School Garden” in all elementary schools in East Timor.

The Earth Forum Kyoto

Date : Saturday, February 9th, 2019 2:10 p.m. - 4:40 p.m.
Venue : Kyoto International Conference Center, Main Hall (Takaragaike, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto City)
Program :
 > Commemorative Lecture
  ・Christiana Figueres 
  ・Yamaori Tetsuo 

 > Talk Session
  ・Ego Lemos 

X Ken-ichi Abe (Professor, Research Institute for Humanity and Nature)

photo:abeProf. Ken-ichi Abe from the Research Institute for Humanity and Nature was born in 1958. He specializes in ecological anthropology and comparative regional studies. To date, he has conducted field research particularly in Asia, pertaining to relationships between nature and humanity. His major co-authored and co-edited works include Extreme Conflicts and Tropical Forests (Springer, 2007); Good Earths: Regional and Historical Insight into China's Environment (Kyoto University Press, 2009); and Seibutsu Tayosei: Kodomotachi ni Do Tsutaeruka (Showado, 2012).

 > Panel Discussion


  ・Christiana Figueres 
  ・Yamaori Tetsuo 
  ・Takejiro Sueyoshi
   (Special Advisor to United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative in the Asia Pacific region/Special Advisor to UNEP FI) 

photo:sueyoshiAfter graduating from Tokyo University, Takejiro Sueyoshi joined the Mitsubishi Bank (MUFG Bank) in 1967 and worked for the bank until 1998. He is Special Advisor to UNEP FI in the Asia Pacific region. During his years with Nikko Asset Management as Deputy President, he was appointed as a member of the UNEP FI Steering Committee.
In addition to the involvement in the UNEP FI activities, he is giving many educational speeches about environmental problems and CSR/SRI in various government councils, seminars, universities and schools.
He is advisors to mayors of local governments and outside directors of corporations in Japan. He is a member of the Central Committee on Environmental Plan for Ministry of the Environment. He is a Trustee member of CDP (Carbon Disclosure Project). He is CEO of Green Finance Organization Japan (Green Fund) since May 2013.

 Juichi Yamagiwa (President, Kyoto University)

photo:yamagiwaDr. Yamagiwa was born in February, 1952. He was appointed to the president of Kyoto University in October, 2014. His scholarly interests include investigating the origins of uniquely human social characteristics by reconstructing the lifestyles of early humans
based on studies of gorilla behavior and ecology in various parts of Africa.
His major published works include: The Evolutionary of Human Family (Japanese title:
Kazoku Shinka-ron, University of Tokyo Press), Gorilla (University of Tokyo Press), Where does Violence Come From (Japanese title: Boryoku wa Dokokara Kitaka, NHK Books), Monkeyish Human Society (Japanese title: Saruka Suru Ningen Shakai, Shueisha International) and The Gorillas Speak (Japanese title: Gorilla wa Kataru, Kodansha).

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