International Framework for Tackling Climate Change

Role of Diversity: Challenges for Climate Change

Session background and objectives

・Recent years the role of diversity has been gaining in importance for addressing climate change. It is expected that including a diverse set of perspectives and experiences into the process of technological innovation and its dissemination could lead to open up the possibility for further accelerating climate change efforts globally.

・In this regard, various efforts/initiatives have been implemented and achieved significant results. It makes sense to learn and utilize these achievements for our future efforts.

・This session aims to figure out the whole picture of diversity and its potential as catalysts of innovation for addressing climate change, learning from some advanced examples of women’s empowerment through education or financial support.

・At the same time, we will aim at clarification of benefits and challenges of implementation of diversity through specific efforts and obtaining implications with a view to next stage of diversity contribution.


Reiko Kuroda[Chair]


Professor, Research Institute for Science and Technology, Tokyo University of Science; Professor Emeritus, The University of Tokyo; Ambassador, Women's Initiative in Developing STEM Career (WINDS)

Robert Armstrong


Director of MIT Energy Initiative

Behjat Al Yousuf


Interim Provost, Department of Engineering Systems and Management, Masdar Institute of Science and Technology

Mohamed Hag Ali Hassan


President, Sudanese National Academy of Sciences (SNAS)


Challenges and Opportunities of Diversity and International Collaboration for Accelerating STI for Sustainability

In this presentation I will discuss the critical role of diversity and international cooperation in promoting science-based sustainable development for social and economic well-being globally, especially for the poorest and most vulnerable communities.
My talk will focus on three important and interconnected issues :
- the challenges for diversity and international cooperation in STI in a rapidly changing world of politics
- the new emerging opportunities for diversity and international cooperation, resulting from the rapidly changing landscape of global science.
- the global actions that should be pursued by institutions such as universities, centres of excellence and academies of science to take full advantage of the unprecedented opportunities to find STI-based solutions to global sustainability challenges through diversity and international cooperation

Mizue Tsukushi


Founder & CEO of The Good Bankers Co., Ltd.


Needs diversity in finance - Women’s finance initiative as a key driver in empowerment of women and the social innovation

The role of Japanese women is important for as they hold enormous power in mobilizing household’s money not only in spending but also in investing.
Japan’s demographic change means a society at the fastest aging pace in history is imminent but it’s also a huge opportunity for innovation in various fields working towards the more sustainable and “Cool Earth with net zero CO2 emission”.

Kiyoshi Matsuda


Adviser/Public Policy and Relation Office, Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corporation


The Paris Agreement aims for a net-zero emission by the second half of this century. Even an intermediate goal such as Japan’s long-term goal for 2050 will require 50% reduction in energy consumption with more than 95% of electricity being emission free. Aspiring to a net-zero emission goal will provide an unprecedented opportunity for consumers to play a key role in framing a climate-smart society, such as engaging as intelligent energy prosumers, leading a movement for circular consumption, and investing in local community projects. This transformation will not be possible without an active and collective engagement of diverse societal constituencies.


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