ISDP-KIIP Event: Sweden-Japan Climate Cooperation

Thursday 24 June 2021 / 09:00 - 10:30 /

Zoom . Webinar, Zoom.

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Climate change is unarguably the foremost imminent security concern for all states, and it has become vital to devise further measures at the international stage to respond to the challenge it poses. As a global leader in the environment domain, Sweden’s response to the climate crisis has become a model for other nations. Through a focus on innovation, technology, and environmental projects at the local level, Stockholm has sought to reconcile ecology with a growing trend of urbanization to create a unique, sustainable city model. Ranked 8th on the global Environmental Performance Index (EPI), Sweden now aims to be Green House Gas Emission neutral by 2045 and achieve 100 percent renewable power generation by 2040.

Under a new leader, Japan has also stepped up its climate change efforts, setting ambitious targets of cutting Green House Gas Emissions Emissions by 46 percent by 2030 and achieving a goal of net-zero by 2050. An Asian leader in the field, Japan ranked 12th globally on the EPI scale. However, Tokyo’s climate policy is insufficient to meet its ambitions, and dialogue with Sweden is critical for learning about best practices and policies that can be adapted for Japan.

Sweden, too, can benefit from intellectual dialogue with Japan in order to explore additional solutions and learn from the country’s industrial and technological innovation, as well as institutional experience. This event, co-organized by the Institute for Security and Development Policy (ISDP) and Kajima Institute of International Peace (KIIP), aims to facilitate such an exchange to promote bilateral political understanding and open avenues for collaboration to devise innovative solutions, take forward international climate actions, and emerge as environmental leaders on the global stage.

We are honored to have two distinguished speakers join us in this webinar. Makihara Hideki is a Member of the House of Representatives and Director of the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan’s Environment Division. Kristina Yngwe is a Member of the Swedish Parliament and Chair of the Committee on Environment and Agriculture. Niklas Swanström, ISDP’s Executive Director, will moderate this event.