[Webinar] 6/25 JAC-US WEBINAR COURSE #5(Final)

The theme of this DEI webinar is "Climate justice and equity”.

At this webinar, we will be looking at climate change from the perspective of climate justice and equity with Ms. Junko Ota, a policy researcher at the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), who attends meetings of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (Kyoto Protocol and Paris Agreement) as a member of Japan’s delegation. Ms. Ota will also talk about reasons why and how youth around the world are using their voices to speak out on climate change issues.

Please join us for this interactive webinar in English and Japanese where you can learn about the current state of climate negotiations at the global level through active discussions with Ms. Ota and other participants, and try your hand at identifying solutions to these crucial issues yourself through a DEI lens!

Date: Sunday, June 25, 2023 10:00-11:00 (JST)
Format: Online (Zoom)
Content: Looking at climate change from the perspective of climate justice and equity
Participants: 30-40 (Alumni of U.S. Embassy programs)
Languages: English, Japanese
No fee required to participate


Junko Ota

Researcher, Kitakyushu Urban Centre
Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)

As a policy researcher at IGES, Ms. Ota is committed to localizing global issues such as climate change and the SDGs so that communities and individuals can understand the impact of their actions. She also serves as a member of the Kitakyushu City Environmental Council and the city’s SDGs Future City Award committee, as well as a part-time lecturer at the Kyushu Institute of Technology.

Ms. Ota studied at state universities in Hawaii and New Jersey and wrote her master's thesis on the Kyoto Protocol from the perspective of equality and efficiency. Serving as an expert researcher at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, she was based at the Japanese Embassy in Germany where she was a liaison with UNFCCC on international negotiations for the Kyoto Protocol. She continues to be involved in international negotiations for the Paris Agreement (COP) as a member of the Japanese government delegation.