25-26 November 2004, UN HouseFor the first time in history, we face the stark reality that our planet has limitations. Widespread environmental destruction and increasing depletion of the earth’s natural resources are urgent warnings that we must act soon to harmonize human consumption with the resources of a finite earth. The shared future of humankind is at risk if we do not shift from the current one-way mentality of mass production, mass consumption, and mass waste to a resource-recycling society based on “reasonable production”, “reasonable consumption”, and “zero emissions”.
On 25 and 26 November, United Nations University (UNU) will host the Zero Emissions 10th Anniversary Symposium at UN House in Tokyo. The theme of this symposium, which is being organized by UNU Zero Emissions Forum, is “Towards a Global Model of a Sustainable Society: Zero Emissions by Circulation, Regeneration and Symbiosis”. The symposium commemorates the 1994 launch of the Zero Emissions Initiatve by UNU.
Participants, including representatives from academia, business, and non-profit organizations (NPOs), will consider how to cultivate the concept of sustainability and reinforce practical efforts to achieve the goal of a sustainable global economy. On Thursday, 25 November, the symposium will featuure a Wise Men’s Forum (presentations and discussion) on the themes of “Global Civilization in the Future” and “The Economic System and the Roles of Corporations Tomorrow”. On Friday, 26 November, there will be a Public Forum with several keynotes speeches and a panel discussion.
25 November 2004: Morning session
26 November 2004: Afternoon session
26 November 2004: Morning session