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[Registration Closed] (Webinar) The 108th HGPI Seminar – At the Forefront of the Debate at COP27: The Climate Crisis and Health (December 5, 2022)

[Registration Closed] (Webinar) The 108th HGPI Seminar –  At the Forefront of the Debate at COP27: The Climate Crisis and Health (December 5, 2022)

With the perspective of ensuring sustainability for both the Earth and for human health, Health and Global Policy Institute (HGPI) has established an advisory board that will outline an agenda and identify the next steps for Japan to take to achieve planetary health. While discussions and initiatives in each area are continuously shifting, planetary health requires initiatives that cut across disciplines. While taking a birds-eye view of the situation as a whole, it will be necessary to share the state of those initiatives in Japan and overseas.

As demonstrated by record-breaking floods that submerged one-third of Pakistan in June 2022 or the heat waves that have repeatedly struck Europe, climate change has started to result in severe impacts on human health. On October 25, 2022, the Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change reported that the health effects of climate change are growing more severe around the world and if we maintain our dependence on fossil fuels, we increase our chances of experiencing food insecurity, infectious diseases, heat stroke, and other health risks. Discussions on climate change and health have also taken place at the G7 Summits held in Germany and the U.K., the G20 Summits held in Italy and Indonesia, and the 26th Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP26).

Following these developments, COP27 was held in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt from November 7 to 18, 2022. In its capacity as COP27 President, Egypt outlined five priority topics: (1) achieving steady progress in adaptation; (2) taking concrete action to address loss and damage; (3) establishing finance flows; (4) advancing a just transition; and (5) ensuring continuous advances are made in climate action. Based on these priority topics, various discussions were held on the environment and health starting with the COP27 Health Pavilion, which was hosted through a collaboration of the World Health Organization (WHO), the Wellcome Trust, and other partners.

For the 108th HGPI Seminar, we will host Mr. Yusuke Matsuo, Director of the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) Business Task Force, and Professor Masahiro Hashizume, who serves at the Department of Global Health Policy of the Graduate School of Medicine at the University of Tokyo. Together, they will talk about discussions held at the frontline of planetary health and health at COP27.

IGES was established in 1998 through an initiative from the Government of Japan with support from Kanagawa Prefecture with the goal of achieving sustainable development on a global scale. IGES also played a role in COP27 as a driver of domestic discussions and initiatives and continues to be active in global initiatives. Mr. Matsuo attended COP27 in person, where he contributed to deepening discussions together with other representatives of the healthcare sector. Professor Hashizume is the lead author of the Sixth Assessment Report presented by Working Group II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and serves as an expert member of the Central Environment Council of the Ministry of the Environment. Together, they will share their expert perspectives on climate change and health, talk about discussions held at COP27, and examine challenges and prospects for the future.

Please note that this seminar is available in Japanese only. An English report of this event will be published in due course.

 

■Speakers:
Mr. Yusuke Matsuo
(Director, Business Task Force, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies)
Prof. Masahiro Hashizume (Professor, Department of Global Health Policy, Graduate School of Medicine, The University of Tokyo)

■Date & time:
Monday, December 5, 2022; 19:00-20:30 JST

■Format:
Online (Zoom Webinar)

■Language:
Japanese

■Participation Fee:
Free

■Capacity:
500


■Speaker Profiles:

Mr. Yusuke Matsuo (Director, Business Task Force, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies)
After Mr. Yusuke Matsuo worked at Sanwa Bank as a financial advisor specializing in Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) investing, he assumed his current position in 2005. He holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Management and Policy from the Lund University International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics (IIIEE). He has been continuously engaged in research and activities under the theme of climate change and industry. He is currently Executive Director of the Japan Climate Leaders’ Partnership (JCLP), and serves as an advisor to global companies. His rewards include the Kaya Award from the Japan Society of Energy and Resources (2010) and “Best Environmental Policy Proposal from an NPO or Company” from the Ministry of the Environment. He is the author of Corporate Management in an Era of Changing Climate, published by Nikkei Business Publications, Inc.

Prof. Masahiro Hashizume (Professor, Department of Global Health Policy, Graduate School of Medicine, The University of Tokyo)
Professor Masahiro Hashizume is a physician and an environmental epidemiologist with research interests in climate change and human health, especially in current impacts, future projections, adaptation strategies, and health co-benefits of mitigation policies. He had his residency training in pediatrics in Tokyo, then received MSc in Environmental Health and Policy from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and a Ph.D. from the Univ. of London (LSHTM). Prof. Hashizume is currently a lead author of the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report and serves as a member of the WHO Technical Advisory Groups on Global Air Pollution and Health and Climate Change and Environment.


 

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