Japanese Embassy & ICRIER Organize a Seminar on Japan-India Partnership for Achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

The Embassy of Japan in India and the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER) teamed up to host a one-day seminar at The Claridges on “Japan-India Partnership for Achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”.  In his opening remarks, Ambassador of Japan to India, Mr. Kenji Hiramatsu, reiterated Japan’s commitment, as G20 President and the host of the TICAD VII (Tokyo International Conference on African Development) in 2019, to working toward the realization of a society where no one is left behind in line with the philosophy of human security.  Ambassador Hiramatsu also presented Japan’s public and private effort in India in the fields of healthcare, WASH (water, sanitation, and hygiene), and environment.  The inaugural session was graced by the address of Dr. Rajiv Kumar, Vice Chairperson of NITI Aayog, who leads India’s policy planning and execution of Vision 2030

Japan has been supporting India’s effort to achieve SDGs in various modalities including through Official Development Assistance (ODA).  The Embassy has also been putting Japan’s Blue Sky Initiatives into practice to tackle environmental pollution in India.

The Japan-ICRIER seminar highlighted the methods of addressing global development challenges in healthcare, WASH, and environment as well as cross-cutting issues of women empowerment from Japanese and Indian perspectives.  The thematic sessions enjoyed active participation of experts from policy circles, practitioners from the fields, and private sector representatives.  Participants’ presentations can be accessed at the ICRIER website.

Inaugural Session (P) [from left: Dr. Rajat Kathuria of ICRIER, Dr. Rajiv Kumar,
and Ambassador Kenji Hiramatsu,]

Thematic Session I: Health (SDG 3)
  • Dr. Alok Kumar, Adviser (Health), NITI Aayog, Government of India
  • Mr. Henk Bekedam, WHO Representative to India
  • Professor Randeep Guleria, Director, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi
  • Mr. Katsuo Matsumoto, Chief Representative, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) India Office
  • Ms. Miki Nagashima, Board Member, Malaria No More Japan
Moderated by Dr. Ali Mehdi, Senior Fellow and Project Lead, Health Policy Initiative, ICRIER

Thematic Session II: WASH (SDG 6)
  • Mr. Parameswaran Iyer, Secretary, Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, Government of India
  • Dr. Lalit Kumar, Senior Adviser, Sulabh International, New Delhi
  • Mr. Kotaro Katsuki, Director, Global Issues Cooperation Division, International Cooperation Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan
  • Mr. Mohit Jain, Director of Technical Support, LIXIL India
Moderated by Mr. Nicolas Osbert, Chief (WASH), UNICEF India

Thematic Session III: Environment (SDGs 11, 12, and 13)
  • Professor Purnamita Dasgupta, Chair in Environmental Economics and Head, Environmental and Resource Economics Unit, Institute of Economic Growth (IEG), New Delhi
  • Dr. Kaushik Deb, Research Fellow, Markets and Industrial Development, King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC), Riyadh
  • Mr. Mamoru Kondo, Deputy General Manager, Business and Product Developing Center, Environment Business Headquarters, Hitachi Zosen Corporation
  • Mr. Toshizo Maeda, Principal Researcher and Deputy Director, Kansai Research Centre, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), New Delhi
Moderated by Dr. Saon Ray, Senior Fellow, ICRIER