Climate Change

January 18, 2017

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan will host a roundtable seminar on climate change and fragility on 19th January 2017. Although the meetings related to the work of G7 climate change and fragility are closed in general, some parts of this roundtable are open for public in order to enhance public awareness about Climate Change and fragility (The call for observers was closed).


Since 2013, when the Expert Meeting was held under the Presidency of United Kingdom, the G7 foreign ministers have discussed climate change and fragility risks that may pose serious threats to the stability of states and societies in the decades ahead. The G7 countries have taken actions against these risks such as having established the working group (WG) and holding WG/expert meetings. It has also been decided at this year’s G7 Hiroshima Foreign Ministers‘ Meeting (FMM) chaired by Japan to continue the work for at least two more years. This roundtable will be held to follow up the FMM 2016 to develop policymaking processes in G7 countries and promote further discussion by inviting experts who have technical knowledge in this field.

Details of the event

Date: Thursday, 19th January, 2017 (Registration starts at 9:30AM)
Venue: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan
(2-2-1, Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8919)

Language: English (No interpretation)
Fee: Free of charge
Sessions open to the registered observers:

10:00 - 10:50 Opening session
(1) Opening remarks
by Mr. Motome Takisawa, Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, Japan
(2) Building on the achievements of G7 Working Group: Commitment by G7 Foreign Ministers and outlining of progress made by G7 working Group
by Mr. Tomoaki Ishigaki, Chair of the G7 Working Group
(3) Keynote Speech: Climate change and fragility implications for international policy and security
by Prof. Kiichi Fujiwara, The University of Tokyo
(4) Research on climate-fragility risks in G7 countries: Issues to be explored
by Mr. Alexandar Carius, Funding Director, adelphi
10:50 - 11:50 Session 1
(1) Presentation 1: Climate Change and Fragility Implications for National Security
by Ms. Shiloh Fetzek, Senior Fellow for International Affairs, The Center for Climate and Security
(2) Presentation 2: The UN Security Council and the integration of climate security risks
by Dr. Malin Mobjork, Senior researcher, Climate change and security, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI)
11:50 - 15:00 Closed session
15:30 - 16:20 Plenary Panel
Report from the closed session moderators and panel discussion
  • How the UN is addressing or planning to address climate change implications for migration and development and its related programming
    by Ms. Kaoru Nemoto, Director, United Nations Information Centre, Tokyo
  • How development assistance agencies can integrate these concerns into their development assistance to generate positive outcomes for donor and recipient countries
    by Dr. Patrick Safran, Principal Operations Coordination Specialist, Asian Development Bank (ADB)
  • What roles science and research organizations can play in addressing climate-fagility risks, including raising public awareness and providing guidance to public and private responses
    by Dr. Yasuko Kameyama, Deputy Director, Center for Social and Environmental Systems Research, National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES)
  • Representing government on how to consider strengthening risk governance in policy
    by Mr. Tomoaki Ishigaki, Chair of the G7 Working Group

Open session MC/Moderator: Dr. Rajib Shaw, Senior Fellow, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)

Please note that the registered observers will be requested to leave the venue after session 1 has finished and then may return to the MOFA building at 15:00 for the start of the panel session at 15:30. For security reasons, observers will not be allowed to remain in the MOFA building during the closed session. We very much appreciate your kind understanding and cooperation.

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