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

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Director of MIT Energy Initiative


Diversity as a driving force for energy innovation

To most efficiently and effectively enable the energy transition, we need to pool innovative ideas and capabilities from many disciplines, sectors, technologies, and people of all backgrounds and nationalities. Science, engineering, and policy contributions from industry, government, academia, and NGOs will be necessary, and a robust portfolio of energy solutions will need to contain a range of technologies, from solar and wind to energy storage, carbon capture, and higher efficiency conventional fuels. Diversity in human capital will also be key; women’s leadership in clean energy in particular has been and should continue to increase.

Behjat Al Yousuf


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


The gender dimension and actions taken to mitigate the climate change has generally been neglected in international climate change discussions and policies. This is a major concern!

The gender-specific differences in adaptive and mitigation to climate change must be understood with the role of women in mitigating climate change. How can we enhance women’s resilience and adaptive capacity to mitigating climate change?
A key to achieve this is through education and innovation in STEM. The role of education and women advancement is a key to achieve women prosperity and mitigating climate change. In addition to that mainstreaming women in all careers related to climate change activities and decision making is a necessity to combatting climate change.

There are good initiatives and success stories that we need to learn from. These best practices need to be copied and introduce across all communities. Masdar and Masdar Institute initiative is an example to the world how women advancement in education and addressing climate change issues resulted with sustainable socioeconomic development. Within the Masdar vision, Women in Sustainable Environment and Renewable Energy (WiSER) is significant to support women advancement.

Kiyoshi Matsuda

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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.

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”.

Mohamed Hag Ali Hassan

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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

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