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SDSN Japan is actively contributing to the national and regional debates on means and approaches to achieve the SDGs by mobilizing its national experts and global networks. SDSN Japan also conducts policy-relevant research and capacity building activities toward SDG localization.

In preparation for the 2016 G7 Summit, held in Ise-Shima on May 26-27, SDSN Japan developed a set of policy recommendations for mainstreaming the SDGs in the country. These were submitted to key government ministries and also made public to the global community. The recommendations were developed through intensive discussions at a workshop which brought together leaders and experts from a variety of stakeholders. To disseminate these recommendations, SDSN Japan organized a public symposium in Tokyo in April 2016 to share key messages with a broader range of stakeholders and citizens. For the policy recommendations, please visit the SDSN Japan website.

Additionally, SDSN Japan has initiated the “SDG Dialogue Series” as a platform to further discuss solutions to sustainability issues and enhance the public awareness of the SDGs. In the spirit of Goal 17 regarding partnerships, the events engage a versatile set of invited experts, researchers, and stakeholsdsnj-symposium-apr-2016ders who are invited and encouraged to share insights and ideas for achieving the SDGs in their multidimensionality. These events are aimed to provide stakeholders with profound academic knowledge and to advance scientific and policy debates related to the 2030 Agenda. They also serve to support their efforts and to build networks in localizing and implementing the SDGs at regional and national levels. Since July 2016, a series of events has been organized, including ones on higher education, low-carbon technology diffusion and integrated landscape management.

More events on the role of regional institutions, water resilience and a sustainable future for Africa, in close collaboration with the partners of SDSN Japan, are planned throughout 2016. The outcome of these events will be widely shared through a range of publications and other outputs, including UNU-IAS Policy Briefs, which will be made available on the SDSN Japan website.