Okayama University Atsufumi Yokoi, Senior Vice President and UNESCO Chairholder, participated as a panelist at the UNITWIN/UNESCO Chair 30th Anniversary Conference held at UNESCO Paris Headquarters

National University Corporation Okayama University
[Okayama University] Atsufumi Yokoi, Senior Vice President and UNESCO Chairholder, participated as a panelist at the UNITWIN/UNESCO Chair 30th Anniversary Conference held at UNESCO Paris Headquarters
November 25, 2022
National University Corporation Okayama University
https://www.okayama-u.ac.jp/
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◆Overview
The 30th Anniversary Conference of the UNITWIN/UNESCO Chairs Program to be held at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Headquarters in Paris, France, 3-4 November 2022 Atsufumi Yokoi, Senior Vice President of Okayama University (Special Mission (Global Engagement Strategy)), UNESCO Chairholder, and others were invited to participate in the conference as panelists.
This UNESCO conference was held in a hybrid format, with over 500 UNESCO Chairs from around the world, as well as relevant parties from the United Nations/international organizations, national governments, universities/research institutes, etc. At the opening, Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO, gave a ceremonial address. Over the two days, through plenary sessions, thematic sessions, and informal meetings, the achievements of UNITWIN/UNESCO Chairs over the past 30 years and There was a lively exchange of views on future
cross-sectoral collaboration.
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Senior Vice President Yokoi (third from right) speaking as a panelist [Image 3d72793-1054-adeb22b72181a663308e-2.jpg&s3=72793-1054-63a0854a5411e6a7b989a9833edca074-594x439.jpg
State of the session venue
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Informal meeting of UNESCO Chairs on ESD
Senior Vice President Yokoi was on stage as a panelist in the session on the “Future of Higher Education” on the second day. Together with panelists from the United Nations, international organizations, and universities representing each of the five continents, we had lively discussions with the participants on how universities should contribute to the well-being of mankind and the planet.
We also participated in an informal meeting of UNESCO Chairs on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). We discussed the future direction of UNESCO’s ESD initiative “ESD for 2030” to achieve the SDGs. In addition, we actively exchanged opinions while sharing strategies and initiatives related to our university’s SDGs university management and global engagement, as well as strengthening
collaboration.
As a university that contributes “from the region to the earth”, Okayama University will promote sustainability and well-being together with various stakeholders.
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Okayama University attendees at the UNESCO Chair 30th Anniversary Conference 〇 UNITWIN (University Twinning) / UNESCO Chairs
This program aims to improve the capabilities of higher education institutions and research institutes through the exchange and sharing of knowledge, and is approved by the UNESCO Headquarters. To act as a think tank for human and material resources and as a bridge between educational and research institutions, local communities and policy makers by promoting international collaboration and collaboration among higher education institutions. I am aiming for
Currently, there are more than 850 UNESCO Chairs in more than 110 countries around the world, and the number is increasing year by year. In 2007, Okayama University was authorized to establish the first UNESCO Chair in Asia on “Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)”. ◆ Reference
・UNESCO Chair 30th Anniversary Conference (English)
 https://www.unesco.org/en/articles/30th-anniversary-unitwinunesco-chairs-programme-transforming-knowledge-just-and-sustainable-futures ◆ Reference information
・Okayama University Global Engagement Office
 https://globalengagementoffice.okayama-u.ac.jp/
・Okayama University UNESCO Chair
 http://unescochair.ccsv.okayama-u.ac.jp/index.html
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◆ Inquiries regarding this matter
Okayama University Global Engagement Office
 Tsushima Campus, Okayama University, 2-1-1 Tsushimanaka, Kita-ku, Okayama City, Okayama Prefecture 700-8530
 TEL: 086-251-8326 (International Department, International Planning Division) https://globalengagementoffice.okayama-u.ac.jp/
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National University Corporation Okayama University supports the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In addition, we have received the government’s first “Japan SDGs Award” Special Award

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