The 6th Meeting of the Advisory Board for the Promotion of Science and Technology Diplomacy
1. On February 7th, under the participation of Mr. Mitsunari OKAMOTO, Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, and Dr. Teruo KISHI, Science and Technology Advisor to the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, the 6th Meeting of the Advisory Board for the Promotion of Science and Technology Diplomacy was held.
2. At the Beginning, Mr. OKAMOTO made a remark about the importance of making contribution in the international society to address the issues on Arctic Region and to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through science, technology and innovation (STI). In this regard, Mr. OKAMOTO emphasized his expectation that attendees have fruitful discussion during the meeting.
3. Dr. KISHI gave a review of his activities as the science and technology advisor since 5th meeting last year, such as joint contribution to a journal with other science and technology advisors abroad, attending to international meetings, publicizing the STI in Japan and giving lectures at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Dr. KISHI also introduced foresight of the advisor’s activity, and expressed his willingness to make further contribution toward various diplomatic challenges from scientific and technological perspective.
4. Dr. Yoshifumi YASUOKA, member of the Advisory Board, reported on the outcomes of the study group, which is preparing the recommendations to address issues surrounding the Arctic Region through science and technology.
5. As for promoting science, technology and innovation for the sustainable development goals (STI for SDGs), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated the current status at the SDGs Promotion Headquarters. Dr. Michiharu NAKAMURA, member of the Advisory Board, introduced recent movement toward the 3rd UN STI Forum.
6. Members actively discussed on the recommendation for the Arctic Region, factors that should be considered for ‘STI for SDGs’ and challenges that science and technology diplomacy should tackle in medium- and long-term.
Reference 1: Science and Technology Advisor to the Minister for Foreign Affairs
Dr. Teruo KISHI, Professor Emeritus of the University of Tokyo, was appointed as the first advisor in September 2015. Science and Technology Advisor supports the activities of the Minister for Foreign Affairs on matters of science and technology, aims at strengthening the collaboration with the advisers and related parties in the science and technology field of other countries, and advises the Minister for Foreign Affairs and related departments on how to incorporate matters of science and technology in the planning and drafting process of its various foreign policy strategies.
Reference 2: Advisory Board for the Promotion of Science and Technology Diplomacy
In December 2015, Fumio KISHIDA, the then Foreign Minister, gathered experts from various fields of science and technology under the Science and Technology Advisor to the Minister for Foreign Affairs and established the ‘Science and Technology Diplomacy Advisory Network’ to utilize their knowledge and experiences in the planning and drafting process of foreign policy strategies including Japan's top diplomacy and high-level international conferences. As part of this attempt, he appointed experts from the related fields to the member of ‘Advisory Board for the Promotion of Science and Technology Diplomacy’ (currently 18 members including Dr. KISHI). Since the inauguration in February 2016 the meeting has been held five times.