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Symposium: The Global Commitment to Sustainable Development

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Experts in sustainability discussed what the world can learn from Japan’s commitment to sustainable development goals (SDGs), and what more needs to be done.
Speakers
Alesha Miller
Ertharin Cousin
Dan Glickman
Townsend Bailey
Joy Basu
Jacob Bunge
Michael Lavin
Mark Minevich
Kaoru Nemoto
Alison Taylor
Takao Toda
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About This Event

Japan played a leading role in the formulation of the sustainable development goal (SDG) agenda in 2015 and remains committed to leading implementation efforts to achieve them. From the creation of the SDG Promotion Headquarters, headed by the Prime Minister and comprised of all ministers, to the creation and adoption of a national strategy for implementation, Japan’s leadership has encouraged cross-sector partnerships and fostered innovation that has made our world healthier, more sustainable, and more food secure. What can the world learn from Japan’s commitment to the SDGs, and what more needs to be done to guarantee their achievement by 2030? How are Japanese and American companies in the Midwest innovating and developing technologies to create sustainable food systems and achieve the SDGs?

This symposium is made possible with the generous support of the Consulate General of Japan in Chicago.

About the Speakers
Nonresident Fellow, Center on Global Food and Agriculture
Council expert Alesha Miller
Alesha Miller is a nonresident fellow of the Center on Global Food and Agriculture at the Council. She currently advises a social impact technology startup and is an independent consultant and public speaker on food and agriculture. Most recently she was managing director of the Council’s Center on Global Food and Agriculture, overseeing strategy, research, policy development, and team management.
Council expert Alesha Miller
Distinguished Fellow, Global Food and Agriculture
Council expert Ertharin Cousin
Prior to joining the Council, Ertharin Cousin served as executive director of the UN World Food Programme where she led the world’s largest humanitarian organization from 2012 to 2017. She also previously served as US ambassador to the UN Agencies for Food and Agriculture in Rome.
Council expert Ertharin Cousin
Distinguished Fellow, Center on Global Food and Agriculture
Council expert Dan Glickman
Dan Glickman is a distinguished fellow of global food and agriculture at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. For nine years, he co-chaired the Council's Center on Global Food and Agriculture. Currently, he’s the vice president of The Aspen Institute and executive director of The Aspen Institute Congressional Program, which was established in 1983.
Council expert Dan Glickman
Townsend Bailey
Director, Sustainability, McDonald's Corporation
Joy Basu
Senior Advisor, Food Systems for the Future, Stanford University
Jacob Bunge
Reporter, Wall Street Journal
Michael Lavin
Founder and Managing Partner, Germin8 Ventures
Mark Minevich
Principal Founder, Going Global Ventures; Executive Chairman, AI Pioneers Forum
Kaoru Nemoto
Director, United Nations Information Centre, Tokyo
Alison Taylor
Chief Sustainability Officer, Archer Daniels Midland Company
Takao Toda
Vice President, Human Securities and Global Health, Japan International Cooperation Agency