The Arctic as the field of SDGs

Organized by: Japanese Government 5. September 2017

Regarding the SDGs of the United Nations, its essence is well represented in the following three sustainability.

  • Environmental sustainability
  • Social-Economic sustainability
  • Human community sustainability

As an example of activities in terms of the natural sciences and humanities that Japan conducts in the Arctic region toward realize such sustainability, we introduce three projects from Arctic Challenge for Sustainability (ArCS) project currently underway and explore the possibility of cooperation with Arctic countries, indigenous people, observer countries, and other private sectors interested in the Arctic.

And we accept renowned researchers outside of Japan to this session.
They will give comments concerning Japan’s scientific activities and Arctic societal benefits (Especially the importance of a specific characteristics of scientific project from the viewpoint of contributing to society). Also they will point the possibility of new cooperation between science and society based on their special and distinguish experience.


  • Hiroyasu Hasumi; Professor, Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute, The University of Tokyo: Prediction and predictability of the Arctic climate
  • Natsuhiko Otsuka; Professor, Arctic Research Center, Hokkaido University: Navigability and economic feasibility of Arctic shipping
  • Hiroki Takakura; Professor, Center for Northeast Asian Studies, Tohoku University: Permafrost and culture dynamics in Siberia


  • Larry Hinzman; Vice Chancellor for Research, University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • Jeremy P. Wilkinson; Senior scientist British Antarctic Survey