Asian-Pacific Federation of UNESCO Clubs and Associations

March 26-29, 2019

NFUAJ SDGs Youth Forum

This Forum is designed for senior high school students from China, Korea and Japan to learn more about SDGs, especially urban community development and multicultural dialogue in the urban society.  The participants took a hint from the learnings and findings in the earlier part of the program and selected “Our Sustainable Development Goal (Our SDGs)” to solve the issues in the participants’ own community.  Furthermore, after returning to the respective countries, the participants are expected to implement the action plan of “Our SDGs” which was adopted by them at the end of the Forum. (See the attached “Joint Declaration”.)

The Forum was consisted of the keynote speech, workshop, field visit and group discussions.

Its framework is seen in the following.

Framework

Date

March 26, 2019 ~ March 29, 2019

Venue /

Accommodation

Arcadia Ichigaya Tokyo, JAPAN

http://www.arcadia-jp.org/

Participants

・   5 Senior High School Students each from China and Korea( in fact 6)

*Preferably all the students come from the same school.

*Grade 10 students (in the case of Korea, grade 11) at the time of the Forum are desirable.

・   One Teacher from each country

・   15 Senior High School Students who reside in Japan (any nationality)

*In total, 25 students from three countries will participate(in fact 26).

Working Language

English

Expense

The NFUAJ covers the necessary expenses during the stay in Japan.

(ex. accommodation, meals, and domestic transportation, and field visit)

International travel expenses including the international travel insurance are requested to be covered by each country.

Organizer

National Federation of UNESCO Associations in Japan (NFUAJ)

Supported by

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan / Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology-Japan / Japanese National Commission for UNESCO / Asia-Pacific Cultural Center for UNESCO / United Nations Information Centre / Toshima ward / Board of Education in Toshima ward

Supporter

Society of Japanese Value Engineering/ THE SEIBU SHINKIN BANK

Schedule

Date

Time

Program

Mar 26

Tue.

13:00-

Registration

13:30-14:00

Self-introduction

14:00-14:15

Opening Ceremony

14:15-14:45

Keynote speech

“Establishment of Sustainable Society and SDGs

〜ESD・SDGs in Japan〜”

Lecturer:Kazuyuki MIKAMI

(Emeritus Professor of Miyagi University of Education)

14:55-16:15

Discussion

Speakers:

Kazuyuki MIKAMI (Emeritus Professor of Miyagi University of Education)

Ichiro TAKAHASHI (Managing Director of THE SEIBU SHINKIN BANK)

Chiharu KAWAKAMI (Secretary General of NFUAJ)

16:30-17:30

Plenary workshop ①

Facilitator:Eri YAMAZAKI

(Specially Appointed Assistant Professor of Sophia University)

 

Check in

18:00-19:00

Dinner

19:00-20:30

Presentation about local activities

Preparation for making action plans

Lecturer:Ikuo MATSUZAWA

(General Manager of Monozukuri Innovation Initiative Dpt.

IHI Corporation)

Mar 27 Wed.

9:00-15:30

Field visits

Group A : Community Development / City Environment

Group B : Multicultural dialogue in the society / Education

16:00-18:00

Plenary workshop ②

Facilitator:Eri YAMAZAKI

(Specially Appointed Assistant Professor of Sophia University)

18:00-19:00

Dinner

19:00-20:30

Making action plans

Date

Time

Program

Mar 28 Thu.

9:00-15:00

Making action plans

15:00-16:30

Presentation of the action plan from each school

Commentator:Ikuo MATSUZAWA

(General Manager of Monozukuri Innovation Initiative Dpt.

IHI Corporation)

16:30-17:00

Reflection of the presentation

17:00-18:00

Adoption of “Youth Joint Declaration on SDGs”

18:00-19:30

Dinner

19:30-20:30

Exchange program

Mar 29 Fri.

9:00-11:00

Wrap-up

11:00-11:30

Closing Ceremony

NFUAJ SDGs Youth Forum
High School Students SDGs Joint Declaration
Adopted on March 29, 2019

The United Nations adopted “Sustainable Development Goals: SDGs” in 2015 to tackle with problems not only in developing countries but also in developed countries.
Is our power insufficient for solving these issues? What can we the youth do for the future?
In March 2019, twenty-six students from the Japanese five UNESCO ASP Net high schools, one Chinese and Korean high schools gathered in Tokyo to attend the NFUAJ SDGs Forum as leaders who carry the future of SDGs on their shoulders.
We high school students exchanged views that what can we do for the present and future based on discussion, learning and field work.
To overcome the conflict and difficulties and to create a sustainable future, we advocate to
ⅰ    respect cultures and diversities,
ⅱ   promote communication and interaction,
ⅲ  have cooperative mind and sense of ownership,
ⅳ  take actions and influence people around you,
ⅴ   not ignore the reality. Make use of wisdom from ancestors,
ⅵ  be confident to achieve your goals.

From what we gained during the forum, each school decided Our SDGs below.

  • Improve the cultural environment and living environment. (Beijing No.57 High School)
  • Raise awareness of SDGs within the local community and lead out their actions through partnership. (Cheongna Dalton School)
  • Broaden our activities from our school to local community. (Chigusa High School)
  • Solve the problems of gender at school. (Koka Gakuen)
  • Revitalize Ryoanji shopping street for foreign tourist. (Korea International School)
  • Changing every students’ awareness. (Sendai Nika High School)
  • Recognize and inform around the world by myself. (Showa Women’s University Senior High School)

This forum will be the first step for us to achieve SDGs and to build the better future lasting forever.