Up-date: Alternative Summit Agenda and Website

The Alternative G7 Summit, or The Citizens’ Ise-Shima Summit will be held in Yokkaichi City in the Mie Prefecture  from the 23rd to the 24th May. The organisers have launched a website for the event which includes the final agenda for the two day event. The topics to be discuss include the Syrian crisis, food security, environment, disasters, global health, the SDGs and peace. The full agenda is below and can be found on the Summit’s site.

The Japan Civil Society Platform for the G7 Ise-Shima Summit have put the event together and are asking all those interested in participating to register for the event, on the website, by the 20th May.

—– The Citizens’ Ise-Shima Summit Agenda —–

10:00-18:30, Monday 23 May 2016
9:30-15:30, Tuesday 24 May 2016

Jibasan Mie(1 Chome-3-18 Yasujima, Yokkaichi, Mie Prefecture) [Google Map]

Participation Fee:
*A separate participation fee of 3,000 yen will be charged for the reception.

Capacity of participants:
Opening ceremony: 250
Breakout sessions: 40 to 90
Plenary session: 250

—– Program —–

** Monday 23 May **

10:00 – 12:00 Opening Ceremony
– Opening speech and explanation of the Objective of the Citizens’ Summit
– Issues and works undertaken by the Civic Society regarding the G7 Ise-Shima Summit
– Panel Discussion “Towards a strong civic society that connects the region and the world”

13:15 – 15:45 1st Breakout Sessions
– Africa: considering the key to solving the issues on African cultures, agriculture and respect for diversity
– Syrian refugees(documentary screenings / panel talk) : Let us examine together the disastrous state of the Syrian conflicts
– Food security: a cross-talk on ‘Food Security’ in close relation to ‘Nutrition’ hosted by Global Poverty Project
– Disaster: Relating the challenges faced by the citizens of Japan, a country with high levels of disasters, on activities in disaster prevention/disaster relief
– Children: in a bid to break the poverty chain for children
– Environment: in pursuit of enriching the watershed thinking, Ise Bay Initiatives
– Youth 1: Raising issues that young people concern in reaction to the results of the G7 Youth Summit

16:00 – 18:30 2nd Breakout Sessions
– Globalization and health: Examining the health issues of the Dalit people in India based on the experience from the city of Yokkaichi
– Climate change / Biodiversity / Disaster Risk Reduction: Verification from cross-sectorial perspectives
– Regional Inequality: solving the global issues from a region
– Youth 2: messages to the G7 and the future from the young people

18:45 – 20:00 Reception (a networking event)
locally produced and fair trade food and drinks will be served. A separate participation fee of 3,000 yen will be charged for the reception.

** Tuesday 24 May **

9:30 – 12:00 3rd Breakout  Sessions
– Sustainable development Goals (SDGs):  considering the action of ‘No one is left behind’ in a bid to achieve the SDGs
– Peace: suggestions to achieve a world without wars and peaceful, inclusive societies
– Immigrants and refugees / Multicultural coexistence: what is Multicultural coexistence? considerations on the current situations of migrants and refugees in the region
– Education: from ESD education for sustainable development to the enlightenment, practice and recommendations of SDGs
– Strong civil society: starting from the participation and publication by the citizens, to the sustainable future of the region and the world

12:00 – 13:30 Excursion: Tour at the neighboring “Yokkaichi Pollution  and Environmental Museum for Future Awareness
*Guided tour available (capacity: 30 people)

13:30 – 15:30 Plenary session
– Presentations from the respective sectional meeting
– Declarations adopted by the citizens

A performance that involves all participants using Japanese calligraphy will be conducted inside the venue. This event is held on both days.