Tokyo Forum 2020 Online to be broadcasted globally on TV in a digest format
The Tokyo Forum 2020 Online, co-hosted by the University of Tokyo and the Chey Institute for Advanced Studies in South Korea, will be condensed to a 50-minute program and broadcasted globally on TV.
The Tokyo Forum was held on December 3rd and 4th, 2020, under the overall theme of “Shaping the Future”. This year, it especially placed an emphasis on “Global Commons Stewardship in the Anthropocene”. 35 distinguished speakers from all over the world with academic, business, environmental and policymaking backgrounds participated in this event, including UTokyo executive vice president and director of the Center for Global Commons (CGC) Naoko Ishii; Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research director Johan Rockstrom; and former executive secretary of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Christiana Figueres.
In the forum, experts and scientists delivered a warning that human economic activity has been putting huge pressure on our planet, eroding stability and resilience of the Earth’s system that humans share as the Global Commons. If we continue the way we live and do business, we’ll experience a tipping point where we lose total control over the Earth. Science is very clear that in order to avert an irreversible environmental calamity, we must aim to create pathways to solve the serious environmental crises such as climate change and biodiversity loss by midcentury.
So to overcome this unprecedented crisis, we need a bold and rapid transformation of our ongoing socioeconomic system. World leaders who participated in this year's forum especially stressed the urgency that we have only 10 years left to influence what is going to happen in the future; we need this in place by 2030, not 2050 as previously considered, to solve the environmental crises by the middle of this century.
The forum laid out some concrete tools to recognize the pathways to steward the Global Commons. One of the tools is a pilot version of the Global Commons Stewardship Index (GCSi), the first product of the CGC, which shows the direction of policy evaluation that goes beyond abstract argument.
Finally, the forum was concluded with a student session, where university students from UTokyo and South Korea shared their thoughts on the conference.
The broadcasting schedule is as follows.
Date: 10:10~11:00, 16:10~17:00, 22:10~23:00, March 13th, and 4:10~5:00, March 14th, 2021 (JST)
Broadcasting Station: NHK World
* Live streaming will be available on the NHK World website (external link) and its official apps.
Note: The schedule is subject to change without notice.