SDSN Japan has become a strong contributor to national and regional debates to define the necessary approaches to achieve SDGs, by mobilizing its national experts and global networks.

Location: Tokyo, Japan

Hosted by: United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS)


  • Hironori Hamanaka

    Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)

To help mainstream the SDGs into national and sub-national policies, SDSN Japan conducts policy-relevant research and capacity-building activities toward SDG localization. Recommendations are formulated through intensive workshop discussions, which bring together policy leaders and experts from a variety of stakeholder groups, and then submitted to key government ministries. To further disseminate these recommendations, the network also organizes public events to share key messages with a broader range of stakeholders and citizens. The core members of SDSN Japan have actively contributed to the Japanese Government’s adoption of the “SDGs Implementation Guiding Principles” in December 2016. The principles represent Japan’s national strategy to address the major challenges for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. SDSN Japan also helped raise public debates over the principles in partnership with the Japan Civil Society Networks on SDGs and other stakeholders.

SDG Dialogue Series In the spirit of Goal 17, SDSN Japan has initiated the “SDG Dialogue Series”, a platform to discuss solutions to sustainability issues and enhance public awareness of the SDGs. The events engage a diverse set of experts, researchers, and stakeholders who are invited and encouraged to share insights and ideas for achieving the SDGs in their multidimensionality. Since July 2016, a series of events have been organized on higher education, regional institutions, and global companies. These events provide stakeholders with relevant academic knowledge and enable the advancement of scientific and policy debates relating to the 2030 Agenda.