The changing global environment taking place are influencing our lives in many ways. Some people are increasingly impacted by massive typhoons and torrential rains becoming the norm, while others who have long relied on farming and livestock are being driven from their homes by devastating droughts.

 At the annual Asahi World Environment Forum, which was first convened in 2008, we have been addressing these threats to our world head on and seeking out possible solutions. Last year, Democratic Party of Japan leader Yukio Hatoyama gave the keynote speech to the Forum, revealing his goal of cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent from 1990 levels by 2020. Many of us remember the huge impact of his speech, both here in Japan and overseas.

 This year, the Forum will focus on the issue of water – an element indispensable to sustaining our lives and our planet. In addition to climate change, development and urbanization are causing a surge in water consumption, jeopardizing supplies of this life-giving liquid to many regions. The imbalance threatens the ecosystem, heightens tensions across societies and is gradually affecting the issue of national security. Water obviously affects the global food problem. How are we to overcome the crisis through human wisdom and technology? We look forward to in-depth discussions, with input from the distinguished members of our panel, who have gathered from all over the world.

 The 10th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity will be held in Nagoya in October. In order to make the international conference a fruitful one, we will also discuss the impact on the environment of the forest, water and people.

 The Asahi Shimbun has featured the two months of September and October for its “Environment Project.” During this period, we will be delivering various reports and hosting many events that focus on global environmental issues. The Asahi World Environment Forum 2010 will serve as the highlight. The Asahi Shimbun has a strong commitment to the cause of the environment, backed by a journalistic tradition of unwavering reportage on this issue. We deeply appreciate the opportunity to host this international Forum with the help of our supporters.

July, 2010
Yoichi Funabashi
The Asahi Shimbun

Yoichi Funabashi
Chief Diplomatic Correspondent
Yoichi Funabashi



<Day1> Monday, September 13, 2010
           12:30—18:00 (Venue opens at 11:15)
<Day2> Tuesday, September 14, 2010
           9:50—17:30 (Venue opens at 9:20)

Venue: Hotel Okura Tokyo, Heian Room (Main Building, first floor)
Hotel Okura Tokyo
Organized by The Asahi Shimbun and TV Asahi Corporation
  Details on the symposium will be available in the Asahi Shimbun and on the asahi.com website.


All sessions are free of charge.
Simultaneous interpretation is available for the symposium and panel discussions.