[シンポ] 第7回科学技術人材育成シンポジウム




Abstract 2/15 〆切 IGU@China


大会期間:2016. 08. 21-25



転載 12/13一橋大学政策フォーラム「フューチャー・デザイン」










主催:一橋大学、一橋大学経済研究所、共催 科学技術振興機構(JST)、後援 日本学術会議

1.日時:2015年12月13日(日) 13:30 ~ 18:30(13:00受付開始)
きました。この研究の最初の成果として「フューチャー・デザイン」(西條編著,勁草書房, 20


第一部 フューチャー・デザイン:仮想将来世代の可能性 
座長 青木玲子 九州大学副学長・日本学術会議会員

13:00~13:25 「フューチャー・デザイン:仮想将来世代の可能性」 西條辰義 一橋大学経済研
大阪大学環境イノベーションデザインセンター 特任准教授
岡律司  岩手県矢巾町上下水道課係長
14:30~14:55 「ドメイン投票とフューチャー・デザイン」肥前洋一 高知工科大学フューチャー・

(休憩 15分)

第二部 フューチャー・デザインはなぜ必要か 
座長 西條辰義 一橋大学経済研究所教授・日本学術会議会員

15:10 ~15:35「フューチャー・デザインはなぜ必要か」小塩隆士 一橋大学経済研究所教授
15:40 ~16:05「将来省の可能性」上須道徳 大阪大学環境イノベーションデザインセンター特任
16:10 ~16:35「災害復興からみた将来デザインと学際連携」森口祐一 東京大学大学院工学系
16:40~17:05「イノベーションとフューチャー・デザイン」青木玲子 九州大学副学長・日本学

(休憩 20分)

17:25~18:30 パネル討論
総合司会 小塩隆士 一橋大学経済研究所教授 


国連大のイベント Commission on Global Security, Justice and Governance

United Nations University
Event Invitation
Report Launch: Commission on Global Security, Justice and Governance
03 December 2015 (Thursday) from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (a reception/buffet will follow)
Reception Room, 2nd Floor, UN University Headquarters, Tokyo

The United Nations University cordially invites you to attend the launch of the report of the Commission on Global Security, Justice and Governance. This event will start at 6:30 p.m. on 3 December at UNU Headquarters in Tokyo. 
The Commission, which was co-chaired by former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and former Nigerian Foreign Minister Professor Ibrahim Gambari and included a dozen other eminent statespersons and intellectuals from around the world, released its report Confronting the Crisis of Global Governance ahead of the United Nations’ 70th Anniversary Summit, with a launch event in The Hague in June 2015. 
The report features a focused set of global policy and institutional reform recommendations for collective action on critical issues such as state fragility, the global economy, and the effects of climate change. Most notably, the report highlights the interconnected nature of these global threats, suggesting that the capacity of the current global governance institutions to respond to these challenges has been exceeded.
UNU Rector David M. Malone will moderate a panel of speakers including the Japanese member of the Commission, former Minister for the Environment and for Foreign Affairs, Ms Yoriko Kawaguchi; the Japanese Foreign Policy Bureau’s Ambassador in charge of UN Affairs and Cyber Policy, Mr. Makita Shimokawa; and UNU-CPR Director Mr Sebastian von Einsiedel, who will be discussing the key findings of the report. This will be followed by an interactive session with questions from the audience.
A buffet reception will follow the event, where all audience members are invited to enjoy the food and drinks that will be served while exchanging ideas and making new contacts.
Please note that this event will be in English only; Japanese interpretation will not be provided. Advance registration (by 2 December) is required. Please click on the REGISTER button or the link below to access the online registration page.
We are very much looking forward to welcoming you to this important event.


Global Land Projectのニュース

Global Land Projectのニュースです。



転載 Matthieu Giroud (1977-2015)

多発テロの多くの犠牲者の中に、Matthieu Giroudさんというフランス


Dear all,
It is with huge sadness that we have to inform you that Matthieu Giroud, 
French critical geographer, keen analyst of cities (especially of Grenoble 
and Lisbon), co-editor of the first French reader of critical urban studies, 
translator of David Harvey, and Associate Prof at UPEM, was killed at the 
Bataclan during the Paris attacks.

Matthieu loved music, soccer, cities, life and friendship.
We miss him already and mourn.
He will remain an inspiration.

His colleagues and friends


転載 日本学術会議ニュース・メールNo.522





お知らせ Saving More People from the Scourge of War?


United Nations University
Event Invitation
UNU Conversation Series: “Saving More People from the Scourge of War?”
27 November 2015 (Friday) from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM (a reception/buffet will follow)
Reception Room, 2nd Floor, UN University Headquarters, Tokyo

The United Nations University cordially invites you to attend “Saving More People from the Scourge of War?”, a conversation with Mr Edward Mortimer, Distinguished Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford. This event will start at 6:30 p.m. on 27 November at UNU Headquarters in Tokyo.
In June 1945 the founders of the United Nations proclaimed their determination, in the opening words of its Charter, “to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war”, which twice in their lifetime had brought “untold sorrow to mankind” (and that was before atomic bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki: few if any of those present in San Francisco, when those solemn words were first read out, were even aware that such terrible weapons existed).
Edward Mortimer will join UNU Rector David M. Malone for a conversation exploring how far, in the last seven decades, the world organisation has fulfilled the hope thus placed in it, and how it might do better in the next 70 years, especially in light of the dramatic diplomatic failures to date to stem the fighting in Syria. As an adviser to The Elders ? a diverse and independent group of global leaders working to promote peace and human rights, currently chaired by Kofi Annan ? Mr Mortimer helped draft the proposals for strengthening the United Nations which they put forward at the beginning of this year.
The discussion will consider what chance these proposals have of being adopted and how far they or others could render the UN, and especially the Security Council, more effective in fulfilling its responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security, and what alternatives may exist.
The UNU Conversation Series aims to foster audience participation: you are encouraged to engage with the speakers during the conversation and at the reception that will follow, where all audience members are invited to enjoy the food and drinks that will be served while exchanging ideas and making new contacts.
Please note that this event will be in English only; Japanese interpretation will not be provided. Advance registration (by 26 November) is required. Please click on the REGISTER button or the link below to access the online registration page.
We are very much looking forward to welcoming you to this important event.



4th conference on Debris Flows: Disasters, Risk, Forecast, Protection


日時:イルクーツク場所:2016 9/8-10
参加申込締切:2015 12/25
発表要旨の提出締切:2016 4/15

---The Debris Flow Association(www.debrisflow.ruinvites you and your colleagues to participate in the 4th International Conference “Debris Flows: Disasters, Risks, Forecast, Protection” which will take place in Irkutsk, Russia, followed by field workshop in Arshan village. The conference will be organized by the Institute of the Earth’s Crust SB RAS and by the V.B. Sochava Institute of Geography SB RAS.

Topics of the Conference
Debris flows: a global and regional analysis Debris disasters of different genesis in recent years Risk assessment and debris flow forecast • Mechanics and model study of debris flows Characteristics of nature management, engineering surveys, floods protection measures and numerical techniques for the design and construction in the debris flow areas 

Program of the Conference
• Plenary presentations • Oral presentations • Poster presentations • Discussions • Field workshop Conference sessions will take place September 6 and 7, 2016. 

Field Workshop
It is supposed that a field workshop will be held on September 8–10, 2016 at the bottom of the Tunka Goltsy in Arshan village of Tunkinskii district, Republic of Buryatia, at the site of the debris flows release on July 28, 2014 and passage of the water-rock flow along the river Kyngyrga on July 14, 2015. 

Conference Location
Russia, Irkutsk: - 128 Lermontova st., Institute of the Earth’s Crust SB RAS - 1 Ulan-Batorskaya, V. B. Sochava Institute of Geography SB RAS  field workshop will be held on September 810, 2016 at the bottom of the Tunka Goltsy in Arshan village of Tunkinskii district, Republic of Buryatia, at the site of the debris flows release on July 28, 2014 and passage of the water-rock flow along the river Kyngyrga on July 14, 2015.Working languages of the conference: Russian and English.

Important Dates:
-Deadline of the applications for participation in the Conference  December 25, 2015.  (Such tight deadline is due to the necessity of quick preparation of the conference program, attached to grant application for financial support of the conference).-Deadline for the abstracts submission  April 15, 2016.-Arrival of participants to Irkutsk  September 5, 2016.-International Conference  September 67, 2016.-Field workshop in Arshan village of Tunkinskii district, Republic of Buryatia  September 810, 2016. Departure of participants of the International Conference  September 1011, 2016.


転載 GLP e-News No. 78

GLP e-Newsのリンクを以下に転載します。


転送 Updated version RAC

IYGU Regional Action Center について最新情報です。IYGUは
公式にはICSU, ISSC, CIPSHの国際年として実施されますが、
早速のお願いですが、IYGU RAC あるいはIYGUに関心をお持
けると助かります。現在多くの大学でFuture Earth に関る構想を




転載 Updated version RAC

IYGUの各国・地域の活動の中心となるRegional Action Centers
の説明書の最新版がBenno Werlen さんから寄せられましたので、



11月29日13:30 -17:30(日) に学術会議で環境学委員会環境思想
・環境教育分科会主催の公開シンポジウム「Let's Coproduce!-繋



転送 IGBP最終シンポジウム(11/15)の案内


場所:政策研究大学院大学 (東京都港区六本木7-22-1)


IGBP関係(IGBP SSCメンバーやシンポジウム講演者、IGBP特集号の執筆者と査読者、FE推進委員

re Earthに向けて取り組むことになりました。

括するとともに、Future Earthを含め、将来へのさらなる発展を目指して議論する機会とする 

 日本学術会議 環境学委員会・地球惑星科学委員会合同IGBP・WCRP・DIVERSITAS(IWD)合同分






転送 IGBP e-bulletin - October 2

あげてきたIGBPが間もなくその幕を閉じ、Future Earth に吸収さ




GEOMED2016-Invitation to Geography Symposium


Dear Colleague,
We take great pleasure in inviting you to the 4th International Geography
Symposium, to be held from 23rd to 26th May,2016 in Antalya, Turkey. The
purpose of this symposium is to share your experinece, knowledge and
research on all aspects of geography, ecology, environment in general.
Call for abstracts and papers is now open. Attached herewith please find
the first announcement of symposium. For more information and updates about the symposium; please visit the website at: 

We look forward to meeting you in Antalya, Turkey in May 2016.
For any questions or enquiries do not hesitate to contact me.
Best regards,
Prof.Dr.Recep Efe
Symposium Co-Chair
On Behalf of the Organizing Committee
GEOMED2016- The Fourth International G







参加受付 https://ws.formzu.net/fgen/S72221776

11/6 持続的発展に関するシンポ@国連大




ニュース (2015/9) International Council for Science

International Council for Scienceのニュースです。


10/31〆切 UNISDR S & T Conference

UNISDR S & T Conferenceの要旨の提出〆切について連絡がきました。


書籍の紹介 Advances in Geographical and Environmental Sciences

Dear colleagues,

The IGU Commission on Geographical Education is happy to inform you about the recently published book mentioned below.
The book is one of the Commission projects.
With kind regards,

Joop van der Schee
Co-chair IGU CGE










IYGU代表のBenno Werlen先生からIYGU Regional Action Center


Dear Mr. chairman, dear Mr. CA  D.D. Agrawal,

On September 13, the International Council of Social Sciences, the
International Council for Science, and the International Council for
Philosophy and Human Sciences declared 2016 the International Year of Global
Understanding (IYGU) at the World Social Science Forum in Durban, South
Africa. For the first time in the history of science, the three major
international science organizations are engaging on a project on a global

ICSU has 32 Scientific Union Members and 120 National Scientific Members
covering 140 countries. ISSC represents 15 Scientific Unions, 34 Member
Organizations, mainly national funding organizations, and 10 associate
members in more than 100 countries. CIPSH encompasses 12 Unions, represented
in 148 countries. In addition IYGU is part of the Future Earth initiative,
co-sponsored by ICSU, ISSC, UNESCO, UNEP, UNU and the Belmont Forum. IYGU
has access to this truly global network of scientific organizations.

The International Year of Global Understanding ? based on an initiative of
the International Geographical Union (IGU) ? recognizes that global social
and climate changes require a global level of understanding. It aims to
bridge the gap in awareness between local actions and global effects, as
well as provide information on culturally differentiated ways of reaching
global sustainability. The International Year of Global Understanding aims
to develop a blueprint for a new geographical view of the radically changing

Specifically, the International Year of Global Understanding will address
the ways we live in an increasingly globalized world and the transformation
of nature from the perspective of global sustainability ? the objective the
IYGU wishes to achieve for the sake of future generations.

To achieve this objective, genuine transdisciplinary research is a
first-order necessity. We therefore need to overcome the established divides
between the natural, social, and human sciences. Natural and social
scientific knowledge has to be integrated with non-scientific and
non-Western forms of knowledge to develop a global competence framework. In
this context, effective solutions based on bottom-up decisions and actions
need to complement the existing top-down measures.

The key element of the bottom-up activities are the Regional Action Centers
(RACs), which, in their continental, regional, and national reach, will
organize IYGU-related activities in the framework of the UNESCO declaration
of November 2013. Please find attached the UNESCO resolution and the RACs’
specific action program, as well as the official press release by ICSU about
the proclamation and some statements of leading scientists and key persons
in the field of global sustainability policies.

I would like to invite you to host an IYGU Regional Action Center at CSR
Research Foundation for South Asia. It would with the global secretariat at
the Friedrich-Schiller-University of Jena (Germany).
My colleague Prof. R.B. Singh approached me and declared his interest in
becoming the coordinator of such a Regional Action Center. We would indeed
highly value CSR’s engagement in the global activities of the International
Year of global Understanding.

Hosting a RAC will certainly be an opportunity for the hosting institution
to enhance their visibility and public relations at the national level and
particularly at the continental and global level.

Looking forward to hearing from you and with my very best wishes,

Benno Werlen

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[転載] News from the International Council for Science ? September 2015

ICSU の Newsletter です。IYGU (国際地球理解年)やICSU 主催・



山形俊男先生からのsustainability science に関する情報提供
です。最近学部再編などの関係でFuture Earth に関心を持つ


JUNE 13-17, 2016
Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan

Call for Symposium & Workshop Session Proposals

The 23rd Pacific Science Congress (PSC-23) will be held in Academia Sinica, Taiwan on June 13-17, 2016. The main theme of the PSC-23 is “Science, Technology, and Innovation: Building a Sustainable Future in Asia and the Pacific.”

The Organizing Committee of the 23rd Pacific Science Congress is announcing a Call for Symposium & Workshop Session Proposals for the Congress. If you would like to propose a session, please submit your proposal containing requested information to the PSC-23 website (www.psc2016.sinica.edu.tw). Please note the deadline for submitting proposals is scheduled for October 31, 2015.

Sub-Themes for Submission Include:
1.         Climate Change and Earth System Sciences
2.        Biodiversity and Natural Resources
3.        Food / Water / Energy
4.        Human Health
5.        Human Diversity and Inclusive Development
6.        Disaster Risk Reduction
7.        Science for Society: Building Green Societies
8.        Emerging Technologies
Plenary Speakers
Dr. Takashi Gojobori speaks on “Biodiversity and Natural Resources” (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology)
Dr. Sandra Harding speaks on “Human Diversity and Inclusive Development” (University of California, Los Angeles)
Mr. Lawrence Kent speaks on “Food / Water / Energy” (Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation)
Dr. Yuan-Tseh Lee speaks on “Science for Society: Building Green Societies” (Academia Sinica)
Dr. Gordon McBean speaks on “Disaster Risk Reduction” (International Council for Science, ICSU)
Dr. George Whitesides speaks on “Emerging Technologies” (Harvard University)
Dr. Chi-Huey Wong speaks on “Human Health” (Academia Sinica)
Dr. David Wratt QSO speaks on “Climate Change and Earth System Sciences” (Chief Scientist (Climate), National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, New Zealand)

Founded in 1920 and based in Honolulu, Hawaii, the Pacific Science Association (PSA) is a regional, non-governmental, scholarly organization that seeks to advance science and technology in support of sustainable development in the Asia-Pacific. 

Chi-Huey Wong
Chairman of the 23rd Pacific Science Congress
President of Academia Sinica

[転載] Just published article on Memory & Place & Ethics ofRemembering



Dear Relate Scholars

I send you details of my recent article co-authored with Karen E. Till while
this theme might be in the interest of some of you.
Till, E. Karen and Kuusisto-Arponen, Anna-Kaisa (2015). Towards Responsible
Geographies of Memory: Complexities of Place and the Ethics of Remembering.
Erdkunde, 69: 4, 291??306. DOI: 10.3112/erdkunde.2015.04.01
http://www.erdkunde.uni-bonn.de/archive/2015/towards-responsible-geographies-of-memory-complexities-of-place-and-the-ethics-of-remembering Best wishes,



2015 10/8 Atoms for Peace and Development

2015年10月8日 18:30-19:30 国連大学にて






FEのco-work, co-designの影響と思いますが、
Cloud computing network関係でAmazonが以下のようなグラントを用意しているようです。
AGUもglobal changeと地域共同体の関係で絡んできているようです。 



To Sharing Science,

American Geophysical Union's Thriving Earth Exchange (TEX), in association 
with Amazon Web Services (AWS), is helping scientists, leaders, and 
technologists use cloud computing to advance Earth and space science 
solutions. Through this work, grants will be provided to exemplary 
co-designed solutions that address local challenges related to natural 
resources, climate change and natural hazards. These grants will help move 
local solutions to the cloud, with technical support, so each solution can 
be adapted by and improved upon by other teams in other communities facing 
similar challenges.

The submission deadline is 16 October.
In order to enter, please complete your name and email address and click the 
'save and continue later' button. A member of the TEX team will then contact 
you to discuss next steps on how best to complete your submission.

Four winners will receive $15,000 in grant funds to use AWS on-demand cloud 
services. Terms and conditions for grant use, apply: 
http://aws.amazon.com/education/terms/. Teams  will also win the opportunity 
to attend the 2015 AGU Fall Meeting and inspire future innovation by 
presenting at the  Sharing Solutions  Event in March 2016.

Selected Projects
All four winning projects will be selected by a multidisciplinary panel of judges.

Three winning projects must be a working prototype designed to enable policy 
makers, city planners, citizens, or scientists to address local or regional 
challenges related to natural resources, climate change or natural hazards.

An additional winner will be selected for student engagement; this project 
should encourage the use of technology to improve k-12 and/or college 
student participation in solving any of the challenge areas above.

Learn more and apply at:

Toshio Yamagata

2015 11/23-25 1st Asia-Pacific Environment Landscape Architecture Forum

2015年 11月23-25日に行われる、
Asia-Pacific Environment Landscape Architecture Forum

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GLP e-News No. 77

最新のGLP e-Newsをおしらせします。



Fw: Disaster Risk Reduction Lecture for disseminating Sendai Framework

IGU副会長の R.B.Singh さんの災害に関するレクチャーです。
Dear Colleagues,
I am pleased to share with you that I have delivered a lecture on Disaster 
Risk Reduction for Disseminating Sendai Framework incorporating Indian 
experiences. I am sending link of presentation for your use.
With best regards,
R.B. Singh


Fw: IYGU in WSSF Newsletter

World Social Science Forum Newsletter に掲載されたIYGUの


Dear all,
Please find attached the IYGU in today's WSSF newsletter.
Official photographs will not be available  until tomorrow morning.
Will send the as soon I got them.

Best wishes,


Fw: Most Successful Proclamation//Press Release

IYGU(International Year of Global Understanding)「国際地球理解年」


Dear all,

I have the pleasure to let you know that this morning the 2016 IYGU has been 
successfully declared by the International council of Social Sciences, the 
International Council for Science, and the International Council for 
Philosophy and Human Sciences by Alberto Martinelli, Heide Hackmann and Luiz 
Oosterbeek at the world Social Science Forum in Durban.

I want to express my gratitude to the representatives of the three councils, 
the presidents Gordon McBean (ICSU), Alberto Martinelli (ISSC) and Chao 
Gejin (CIPSH), as well as the executive directors Heide Hackmann (ICSU), 
Mathieu Denis (ISSC), and Luiz Oosterbeek (CIPSH) that they have made it 
possible to bring the project to success.

I would thank Lizzie Sayer, Denise Young and Johannes Mengel form the public 
relations department of ISSC and ICSU for the press release and all the 
persons who translated the English original in French (Mathis Stock), 
Chinese (Shangyi Zhou), Spanish (Inguelore Scheunemann), Portuguese (Luiz 
Oosterbeek), Japanese (Yukio Himiyama) and German (Karsten Gäbler and 
Dorothee Quade) in very short time (see attachments).

The presence of Nada Al-Nashif, the Assistant Director-General for Social 
and Human Science of the UNESCO, and John Crowley, Chief of Section of the 
Research, Policy and Foresight Sector for Social and Human Sciences of 
UNESCO at the proclamation made it possible to discuss the basic structure 
of possible cooperation with the IYGU. Other news about very important new 
partners will follow soon.

With very best wishes,


Fw: Proclamation of 2016 as International Year of Geographical Understanding

2016年をIYGU(International Year of Global Understanding)「国際地球
られております。またFuture Earth をボトムアップで支えるものとして大


Dear Colleagues

I am absolutely delighted to forward you the formal press release (in seven 
languages- you may wish to forward the document in only one language of 
course depending on to where you send it) regarding today’s announcement, 
at the International Social Science Council meeting in Durban, that 2016 is 
proclaimed as the International Year of Global Understanding.  I should 
appreciate your forwarding this to your national press and other media 
contacts so that the important news can be spread as wide as possible.  This 
is a landmark day for the IGU - and an opportunity for us all to share the 
positive messages that the concept of developing global thinking and turning 
it into local action can bring about.

Congratulations to Professor Benno Werlen and colleagues who have worked so 
hard in order to bring this about,

For convenience, I copy the English version of the press release (y)
Mike Meadows

Professor Mike Meadows

2016 to be the International Year of Global Understanding (IYGU)

“Building bridges between global thinking and local action”

The International Council for Science (ICSU), the International Social 
Science Council (ISSC) and International Council for Philosophy and Human 
Sciences (CIPSH) jointly announced today that 2016 would be the 
International Year of Global Understanding (IYGU). The aim of IYGU is to 
promote better understanding of how the local impacts the global in order to 
foster smart policies to tackle critical global challenges such as climate 
change, food security and migration.

“We want to build bridges between global thinking and local action,” said 
Prof. Benno Werlen of the Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany. 
“Only when we truly understand the effects of our personal choices ? for 
example in eating, drinking and producing ? on the planet, can we make 
appropriate and effective changes,” said Werlen, who initiated this project 
of the International Geographical Union (IGU).

How to translate scientific insight into more sustainable lifestyles will be 
the main focus of activities ? research projects, educational programmes and 
information campaigns ? for 2016. The project seeks to go beyond a narrow 
focus on environmental protection and climate policy and explore quality of 
life issues and the sustainable, long-term use of local resources.

“We live in the most interconnected world in history. Yet at the same time 
that world is riven by conflicts, dislocations and uncertainties - an 
unsettling and disturbing mixture of huge opportunities and existential 
risks,” said Lord Anthony Giddens, former Director of the London School of 
Economics, UK. “Finding a positive balance will demand fundamental 
intellectual rethinking and new forms of collaboration of the sort the IGYU 
offers” he added.

“Sustainable development is a global challenge, but solving it requires 
transforming the local ? the way each of us lives, consumes, and works. 
While global negotiations on climate attack the sustainability crisis from 
above, the IYGU complements them beautifully with coordinated solutions from 
below - by getting individuals to understand and change their everyday 
habits. This twin approach elevates our chance of success against this 
crisis, the gravest humanity has ever seen,” said former ICSU President and 
Nobel Laureate Yuan-Tseh Lee.

For example, on each day in 2016, the IYGU will highlight a change to an 
everyday activity that has been scientifically proven to be more sustainable 
than current practice. Primers on everyday life which take cultural 
diversity and local practice into account will be compiled and distributed. 
“Now more than ever it is vital that we find the strength to understand and 
relate to the positions, thoughts, and expectations of others and seek 
dialogue instead of confrontation,” said Professor Klaus Töpfer, Executive 
Director of the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS)

It is hoped that this focus on tangible, local action will generate ideas 
for research programmes and school curricula, as well as highlight best 
practice examples. Wherever possible, activities will be communicated in 
several languages. Using this bottom-up approach, the IYGU hopes to support 
and extend the work of initiatives such as Future Earth, the UN’s Post-2015 
Development Agenda, and the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable 

“In Rwanda, environmental pollution through plastic litter was a widespread 
and intractable problem. Ultimately, the insight that plastic is harmful to 
ruminant animals, in particular cows, turned the tide in favor of 
environmental legislation. This led to a ban on plastic items that could 
cause litter. Today you’d be hard pressed to find plastic polluting public 
areas in Rwanda,” said Werlen.

The involvement of the ISSC, ICSU and CIPSH in IYGU underwrites broad 
collaboration across the natural and social sciences and the humanities, 
from across disciplinary boundaries and from all around the world.

In 2016, the IYGU program will be coordinated by about 50 Regional Action 
Centers. This network is currently being established and cities such as 
Tokyo . Washington, Sao Paulo, Tunis, Moscow, and Rome, while Beijing, 
Mexico City, Maçao/Coimbra, Nijmegen, Hamilton, Bamako and Kigali are 
confirmed as hoists of such Centers with their regional to continental 
reach. The IYGU General Secretariat in Jena, Germany coordinates these 
Regional Action Centers.

Further information on the International Year of Global Understanding is 
available at www.global-understanding.info. Prof. Werlen is available for 
further interviews upon request.


Proclamation 2016 International Year of Global Understanding

IYGU代表のBenno Werlen さんからです。明日UTC (Coordinated
Universal Time)午前9時(日本時間午後6時)に、ダーバンで開催中
のWorld Social Science Forum at Durbanで、2016 年を International
Year of Global Understanding とすることが宣言されます。国連総会


Dear all,

I hope this email finds you well, and my apologies for the long silence!

 I’m pleased to announce, that next Sunday, September 13, the three 
sciences councils (ICSU; ISSC and CIPSH) will proclaim at the World Social 
Science Forum at Durban, South Africa, 2016 as the International Year of 
Global Understanding.  The session of proclamation is scheduled for 11:00 
am -12:30 pm local time. A press release will also be issued at that time 
and I will forward it to you (with translation into French, Chinese, 
Spanisch, Portuguese and German) once it has become official, Sunday 9:00 am 
UTC, 11:00 am CEST.

My thanks go once again to the presidents of the three science 
organizations ( Gordon McBean (ICSU), Alberto Martinelli (ISSC), and Chao 
Gejin (ICPHS) ) as well as to their Executive Directors Heide Hackmann 
(ICSU) and Mathieu Denis (ISSC), and Secretary-General Luiz Oosterbeek 
(CIPSH). They were all most helpful and their support was absolutely crucial 
for getting plan B off the ground. The declaration in Durban will present 
the first time that the three organizations jointly proclaim an 
international year.

The background:

There have been a few ups and downs concerning the IYGU application’s 
status at the UN in New York. For quite some time things were up in the air 
and I had no definite information on the progress concerning the negotiation 
of the IYGU draft resolution. Despite an intensive preparation on the 
diplomatic side and the strong support assured, , including efforts by the 
Association of American Geographers to mobilize U.S. representatives at the 
UN since the AAG meeting in Chicago in April, the IYGU application remained 
an object of conflict between the G77 and the Western European and Others 
Group (WEOG) member states.  I finally received a message on August 15 from 
a representative of the Rwandan Permanent Mission saying that it is highly 
unlikely that the draft resolution will be adopted in this or the next 
session as there is still a lack of consensus among the member states 
concerning the exact wording of the resolution.

Now, while these are certainly no good news from New York, this deadlock and 
resulting problems weren’t entirely unforeseeable, which is why I started 
developing a plan B in case the UN does not adopt the IYGU draft resolution. 
In my last email to you from July 13 I already outlined the idea of having 
an international year declared by the three global umbrella organizations of 
the natural, social, and human sciences (ICSU, ISSC, and CIPSH) and attached 
the letters from ICSU, ISSC and CIPSH. In addition I attach some highly 
important statements that have been made for the press release.

The outlook:

There are further reasons to be optimistic about the unfolding of 
possibilities in the context of the IYGU in 2016. My recent business trips 
to Moscow and Rio de Janeiro resulted in the acquisition of new contacts and 
the strengthening of existing ones; they will all be very helpful in further 
promoting our project and advancing its objectives. There is a big chance 
that IYGU could be mentioned in the opening ceremony of the Olympic games in 
Rio de Janeiro. The IYGU also enjoys strong links with the Future Earth 
program; the cooperation with UNESCO will be discussed in Durban; has 
already  several memorandums of understanding for environmental law and 
transdiciplinary research and teaching cooperation; it is well set up to 
start its international activities via its Regional Action Centers 
throughout the world; and its opening will be celebrated in several 
ceremonies throughout the world planned for early 2016. For all these 
activities it would be great if we could continue our common efforts to make 
IYGU a global and sustainable success!

With this positive outlook I thank you once again for your support and 
crucial efforts in making this project happen.

Best wishes,


研究紹介 Geographies of the Anthropocene - Special Issue of Geographical Research (2015, vol. 53, issue 3)

オーストラリアのIain Hay さんからの研究論文の情報です。 氷見山 --- Dear colleagues I am delighted to announce publication of a special issue of Geographical Research featuring nine excellent papers on Geographies of the Anthropocene, guest-edited by Brian Cook, Lauren Rickards and Ian Rutherfurd. Full details of the issueare set out below and papers can be read through the journal’s website at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/geor.2015.53.issue-3/issuetoc Geographies of the Anthropocene Special Issue Papers Geographies of the Anthropocene (pages 231-243) BRIAN R. COOK, LAUREN A. RICKARDS and IAN RUTHERFURD Geographers and the Discourse of an Earth Transformed: Influencing the Intellectual Weather or Changing the Intellectual Climate? (pages 244-254) NOEL CASTREE The Geography of the Anthropocene in New Zealand: Differential River Catchment Response to Human Impact (pages 255-269) IAN C. FULLER, MARK G. MACKLIN and JANE M. RICHARDSON Co-Producing (a Fearful) Anthropocene (pages 270-279) BRIAN R. COOK and ANGELIKI BALAYANNIS Metaphor and the Anthropocene: Presenting Humans as a Geological Force (pages 280-287) LAUREN A. RICKARDS Adapting to the Anthropocene: Some Reflections on Development and Climate in the West African Sahel (pages 288-297) MICHAEL WATTS Beyond the Mirrored Horizon: Modern Ontology and Amodern Possibilities in the Anthropocene (pages 298-305) AIDAN DAVISON What Sort of Geographical Education for the Anthropocene? (pages 306-312) ERIC PAWSON The Anthropoceneans (pages313-320) LESLEY HEAD Paper Using an ‘Interpretative Model’ for Contextual Design of Heritage Landscape Databases: The Case of St Helena Island National Park in Queensland, Australia (pages 321-335) CHEN YANG Book Reviews Flight Ways: Life and Loss at the Edge of Extinction ? By T. van DOOREN (pages 336-337) AIDAN DAVISON Liquidity Lost: The Governance of the Global Financial Crisis ? By P. LANGLEY (pages 337-340) STEWART WILLIAMS The Data Revolution: Big Data, Open Data, Data Infrastructures & Their Consequences ? By ROB KITCHIN (pages 340-342) CRISTIAN SUTEANU Cities and Social Change: Encounters with Contemporary Urbanism ? Edited by R. PADDISON and E. MCCANN (pages 342-343) SHANTI SUMARTOJO The Coal Nation: Histories, Ecologies and Politics of Coal in India ? Edited by K. LAHIRI-DUTT (pages 343-344) PHIL MCMANUS With kind regards Iain _____ Iain Hay PhD LittD

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Invitation to attend Education for Sustainability Conference in Germany


A three-day Education for Sustainability Conference will be held from 21st to 23rd of October 2015 in Karlsruhe, Germany. The conference provides an exclusive forum to discuss: Education in the 21st Century | Opportunities, Challenges and Perspectives; latest innovations in education; and embedding sustainability in curricula, courses, learning and teaching material and in the management and operations of academic institutions. The event will be an occasion to debate on the ways to make education more responsive to the emerging environmental, social and economic challenges.

Further to knowledge sharing, the upcoming event also provides an excellent opportunity to network with global academic community, members of government and multilateral institutions, sustainability practitioners, teachers and administrators from around the world. This three-day gathering will also be an occasion to develop synergies with peers and experts in Europe and beyond. An optional excursion/ get-together will take place on Saturday the 24th of October 2015.

You are cordially invited to attend this international event and/ or nominate member(s) of your institution.

For further information, please see the event details.


IYGU(International Year of Global Understanding) Ready to start action

れがうまくいかなかった場合も想定し、Durban で 9月13-16日に開
催される World Social Science Forum 2015 の場で2016年を


Dear all,
I hope this email finds you well. I just wanted to update you on the latest
major developments concerning the International Year of Global Understanding
(IYGU) as you are involved in establishing IYGU’s Regional Action Centers

Rwanda’s Permanent Mission and other delegations to the UN in New York are
still doing their best to pursue our original plan of having the IYGU
proclaimed as a UN international year by the UN General Assembly. The U.S.
State Department is also seeing to our application has added its support,
which might increase the chances of our application being tabled for the
last session before the northern hemisphere summer holiday break commences
at the end of July. As increasingly more time elapses, however, the chances
of obtaining approval in time to hold the IYGU in 2016 are dwindling.

I didn’t want to risk loosing all the work that went into this project so
far ? you have all been putting your time and efforts into this in one way
or another ? and I’m convinced that the notions of Global Understanding and
Global Sustainability are as relevant as ever. I have therefore developed a
plan B that is in keeping with the IYGU’s transdisciplinary spirit.

The goal of having an international year on the notion of Global
Understanding remains and will be achieved with the help of the
International Council for Science (ICSU), the International Social Science
Council (ISSC), and the International Council for Philosophy and Humanistic
Studies (CIPSH). I’m very grateful that the presidents of these
organizations are supportive of the idea of proclaiming the IYGU as
“their” year, that is, the IYGU might not carry the UN label but ? if the
process in New York should fail ? that of ICSU, ISSC, CIPSH and UNESCO with
its full title being “International Year of Global Understanding (IYGU)
proclaimed by International Council for Science (ICSU), International Social
Science Council (ISSC), International Council for Philosophy and Human
Sciences (ICPHS)”.

At the end of last week the presidents and executive directors of these
three organizations ? Gordon McBean/Heide Hackmann (ICSU), Alberto
Martinelli (ISSC), and Chao Gejin/Luiz Oosterbeek (CIPSH) ? have all issued
a separate letters stating that the IYGU will be declared at the World
Social Science Forum 2015 in Durban (September 13-16). I will use these
letters in my fundraising efforts over the next months because it is crucial
for donors to know with certainty that the IYGU is going to happen. I would
suggest that you could do the same in your context.

Once again, let me I thank all of you for the many and varied contributions
you have made. I think its now the time to start the work of the Regional
Action Centers in your locality, hopefully with strong collaborations
between university, city, region, and country. I attach the aforementioned
three letters and the UNESCO Resolution in the hope that these will help you
in your lobbying efforts.

All in all we are ? despite the considerable delay in the application
process ? on a very good way to be able to celebrate the IYGU and its
achievements together in 2016. Chances are that the IYGU might closely
collaborate with the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and other parts of
Brazil, partnering up on issues around the International Olympic Committee’s
sustainability policy. Such a collaboration would be most helpful in raising
the visibility of the great work being done at the IYGU RAC’s across the
world. I will have a first meeting with the Local Organizing Committee in
Rio de Janeiro on September 2nd and will keep you posted on any further

Many thanks again for all your work and best wishes,


Prof. Dr. Benno Werlen
Department of Geography
Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena