Building Ethical and Sustainable Relations between Humanity and Nature

2021tue16feb13:45tue15:35Building Ethical and Sustainable Relations between Humanity and NatureTogether for Peace (T4P) Webinar #2

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As a leadup to T4P Regional Dialogue, the second webinar ‘Building Ethical and Sustainable Relations between Humanity and Nature’ has been planned. This webinar will look into the overwhelming concerns of the general public, such as the climate crisis and the destruction of our natural environment, issues that are of substantial importance for World Peace. The webinar will highlight the importance to turn from along period of debating environmental issues of relevance for human survivability, to action that does what has been said before. It aims to encourage the application of promising practices of people living in harmony with nature. The ‘Take Away messages’ of the webinar will be made available to the Member States as recommendations for action towards ‘positive peace’.

Participation Certificates will be issued for registered and participating members. Detailed information about requesting the participating certificate will be available at this page immediately after the event.


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(Tuesday) 13:45 - 15:35


UNESCO Office Bangkok

Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education
Mom Luang Pin Malakul Centenary Building 920 Sukhumvit Road, Prakanong, Klongtoei, Bangkok 10110, Thailand

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Speakers for this event

  • Anantha Duraiappah

    Anantha Duraiappah

    Director of the UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute

    Anantha Duraiappah took the position as Inaugural Director of the UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (MGIEP) based in New Delhi, India in 2014. A science-policy pacesetter, with over 35 years’ experience, he now plays a key role in positioning UNESCO MGIEP as a leading research institute on education for peace, sustainable development and global citizenship.


    Director of the UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute

  • Benno Böer

    Benno Böer

    Programme Specialist, Natural Sciences, UNESCO Bangkok

    Dr. Böer is a professional project manager with 30 years of experience in the global environmental sciences. He spearheaded activities in Africa, America, the Arab Region, Asia/Pacific and Europe, and lived in Ethiopia, Germany, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, and the United Arab Emirates.

    He edited many books, publications, films, technical reports and prime proposals. He functions routinely as reviewer of sciene journals and major international assessments. He joined UNESCO 20 years ago, and he was assigned as Ecological Science Advisor in the Arab Region, in Africa, and in the Greater Mekong Sub-Region.

    His work addresses environmental issues, catalyzing adaptation and mitigation options and problem solving for sustainable human living. His current work focuses on Plastic Pollution, the UNESCO Green Academies, as well as the conservation and restoration of Blue Carbon Ecosystems.


    Programme Specialist, Natural Sciences, UNESCO Bangkok

  • Deepak Sharma

    Deepak Sharma

    Vice President for Academic Affairs Asian Institute of Technology (AIT)

    Professor Deepak Sharma is currently the Vice President for Academic Affairs at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand. Prior to this (1991-2019), he directed the Energy Policy program at the University of Technology Sydney. His professional interests include energy and environmental policy interfaces, energy-food-water security nexus, infrastructure-economy linkages, institutions, governance, and political economy.

    Vice President for Academic Affairs Asian Institute of Technology (AIT)

  • Kaoru Takara

    Kaoru Takara

    Professor at Kyoto University

    Dr. Takara is a professor at Kyoto University, Japan since 1998. He joined international research activities such as IDNDR (International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction) in 1994, UNESCO-IHP (International Hydrological Programme) in 1996, and JASTIP (Japan-ASEAN Science, Technology and Innovation Platform) in 2015. He also established UNESCO Chair WENDI (Water, Energy and Disaster Management) in Kyoto University in April 2018, serving as the Chairholder. His major includes hydrology, disaster management, extreme-value statistics, remote sensing and GIS. He has been implementing transdisciplinary research and education activities at graduate schools in the university.

    Professor at Kyoto University

  • Roman Jashenko

    Roman Jashenko

    Director General of the Institute of Zoology RK

    Prof. Roman Jashenko is a Director General of the Institute of Zoology RK, Chairman of the Kazakhstan National Committee for the UNESCO Program “Man and the Biosphere” (MAB), member of the National Commission of Republic of Kazakhstan on UNESCO and ISESCO, member of the International Advisory Committee for Biosphere Reserves UNESCO, president of the Tethys Scientific Society. Main scientific subject is zoology (systematics, fauna, lifestyle and zoogeography of scale insects; general zoology; entomology); ecology; biological control of harmful plants; zoological linguistics; natural dyes; biodiversity conservation; theory and practice on specially protected natural territories, red-listing and Red Data Book.

    Director General of the Institute of Zoology RK

  • Shabaz Khan

    Shabaz Khan

    Director and Representative UNESCO Jakarta Office

    Shahbaz Khan is the Director of UNESCO Regional Science Bureau for Asia and the Pacific and Representative to Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Timor-Leste.

    He is a Fellow, Chartered Engineer and Engineering Executive of Engineers Australia, Hon Fellow of Institution of Engineers, Malaysia, Fellow of the ASEAN Academy of Engineers, Hon Fellow of the Myanmar Engineering Society and Fellow of the Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand. Mr Khan has worked in Australia, France, Indonesia and Pakistan in various research, consultancy and policy positions. Before joining UNESCO, he was Professor and Director at the Charles Sturt University, Research Director Irrigation Systems at CSIRO and Programme Leader, System Harmonisation for Regional Irrigation Business Partnerships at the Cooperative Research Centre for Irrigation Futures, Australia. His work has been widely recognised e.g. 2019 China Friendship Award, Great Wall Friendship Award China 2017, FEIAP Engineer of the Year Award 2016, UNESCO Team Award for Managing Hydro Hazards 2009, Land and Water Australia’s Eureka Prize 2007 and CSIRO Medal 2007. He has widely published in the area of water, environment and sustainable development and received several outstanding publications awards.

    Director and Representative UNESCO Jakarta Office

  • Shamila Nair-Bedouelle

    Shamila Nair-Bedouelle

    Assistant Director-General for Natural Sciences at UNESCO

    Shamila Nair-Bedouelle took up her new duties as Assistant Director-General for Natural Sciences on 1 April 2019.

    She comes to UNESCO from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), where she had served as Director of the OzonAction programme since 2012. Responsible for implementing the Multilateral Fund for the Montreal Protocol, she had coordinated a unique network of 147 national Ozone Action offices, providing developing countries with scientific and technical advice as to which alternative technologies to choose to the chemical substances depleting the Ozone Layer. A strong advocate for enhancing womens’ role in science and engineering, she launched UNEP’s first training programme for women technicians.

    Born in 1960, Shamila Nair-Bedouelle holds a PhD in Life Sciences from the University of Capetown in South Africa. She pursued her research career at the Institut Pasteur in Paris from January 1992 onwards then within the pharmaceutical industry at the MIT University Park in Boston, USA, from January 1994 until January 1996, when she integrated the French National Institue for Medical Research (Institut national de la santé et de la recherche médicale, INSERM). She has published in numerous scientific journals and is the co-inventor of several patents.
    Dr Nair-Bedouelle has pursued her research interests in parallel to her career at the United Nations. She has been Director of Research at the University of Paris V in France since 2000 and was nominated First Class Director of Research at INSERM in 2017.

    She also has a strong interest in managing science programmes. From 2002 to 2007, she was seconded from INSERM to the European Commission to serve as scientific officer and deputy scientific coordinator of scientific programmes.

    In January 2007, Dr Nair-Bedouelle was seconded from INSERM to UNESCO to head its Ethics of Science and Technology programme.

    Eighteen months later, she joined UNESCO’s Sector for Natural Sciences as Chief of the Unit for Africa’s Science and Technology Consolidated Plan of Action within the Division for Science Policy and Capacity-building. Here, she managed the United Nations Cluster for Science and Technology in Africa and represented UNESCO at the African Ministerial Council for Science and Technology. As Coordinator of the Working Group on Gender Equality at UNESCO from January 2010 onwards, she launched the first Science Camp for Girls in South Africa and coordinated science education projects on the continent.

    Africa remained the focus of her work at the Africa Department, where she evaluated UNESCO’s scientific programmes on the continent from January 2012 onwards before taking up her new functions as Director of OzonAction at UNEP.

    Assistant Director-General for Natural Sciences at UNESCO

  • Shigeru Aoyagi

    Shigeru Aoyagi

    Director, UNESCO Office in Bangkok

    Since the beginning of his career in 1984, Mr Aoyagi has been associated with UNESCO through educational and cultural programmes of the Asia/Pacific Cultural Centre for UNESCO (ACCU) in Tokyo.

    Mr Aoyagi joined the UNESCO in July 2002 as Chief of the Literacy and Non-Formal Education (NFE) section in the Education Sector in Paris. In this capacity, he worked for the Education for All (EFA) programme, as well as its work on Literacy and Non-Formal Education (NFE).

    He contributed to the adoption of the UN resolution on the United Nations Literacy Decade (UNLD) International Plan of Action, coordinated the EFA Flagship programmes on UNLD and the UNESCO/FAO joint programme on Rural People and developed the UNESCO’s flagship programme of Literacy Initiative for Empowerment (LIFE) for the 35 countries in the world.

    From December 2006 to December 2011, Mr Aoyagi was Director of the UNESCO Office in Kabul and UNESCO Representative to Afghanistan. He initiated a large scale literacy project of Empowerment of Literacy in Afghanistan (ELA) in collaboration with Afghan and Japanese Governments to improve the level of literacy, numeracy and vocational skills of one million Afghan youth and adults.

    In January 2012, Mr Aoyagi was transferred to the post of Director of the UNESCO Office in New Delhi, and UNESCO Representative to India, Bhutan, Maldives and Sri Lanka. Notably, he led the development of SAARC Framework for Action for Education 2030 in close collaboration with its Member States and UN Agencies including UNICEF.

    He was appointed to the Director of the UNESCO Office in Bangkok and UNESCO Representative to Thailand, Myanmar, Lao People’s Democratic Republic and Singapore in May 2018.

    Director, UNESCO Office in Bangkok

  • Siriporn Sriaram

    Siriporn Sriaram

    Acting Head of Office, IUCN Thailand

    Siriporn Sriaram is managing several projects such as MARPLASTICCs, Thailand Business and Bio-Diversity Network Alliance (B-DNA), Dow & Thailand Mangrove Alliance. She is working at International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Thailand Programme. She joined IUCN in 2008 as the Mangroves for the Future (MFF) Thailand National Coordinator. She has expertise in coastal resource management and partnership development. She has been working closely with governments, local communities, private sectors, academia and NGOs. In 2018, Siriporn became a member of IUCN Commission on Education and Communication (CEC) with a passion to connect, educate and inspire people about sustainable development through nature conservation. She holds a M.Sc in Environmental Biology from Mahidol University.


    Acting Head of Office, IUCN Thailand

  • Toru Terai

    Toru Terai

    First Secretary, Embassy of Japan in Thailand

    Toru Terai serves as a first secretary of the Embassy of Japan in Thailand and is in charge of environmental cooperation between Japan and Thailand. Before coming to Thailand he had worked at the Ministry of the Environment in Japan for more than 10 years. He have been mainly in charge of mitigation of and adaptation to climate change, industrial waste management especially food waste and hazardous waste, air pollution, and radioactive and hazardous materials management.

    First Secretary, Embassy of Japan in Thailand


    • 2021-02-16
    • 13:45 Registration13:45 - 13:55Waiting Room

    • 13:55 Introduction13:55 - 14:00Introduction by UNESCO Bangkok OfficeSpeakers: Benno Böer

    • 14:00 Welcome Address14:00 - 14:05Welcome address by the Director of the UNESCO Bangkok Regional Office for Education in Asia PacificSpeakers: Shigeru Aoyagi

    • 14:05 Opening Remarks14:05 - 14:15Opening remarks by the UNESCO Assistant-Director General, Natural Sciences Sector, UNESCO Headquarters, ParisSpeakers: Shamila Nair-Bedouelle

    • 14:15 Video14:15 - 14:20The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services IPBES Regional Assessment of Asia-Pacific

    • 14:20 Keynote I14:20 - 14:30Biosphere Reserves: models for sustainable human living Speakers: Roman Jashenko

    • 14:30 Video14:30 - 14:31UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration 2021 - 2030: 10 years to heal the planet

    • 14:31 Keynote II14:31 - 14:40Human survivabilitySpeakers: Kaoru Takara

    • 14:40 Slide show14:40 - 14:45UNESCO Green AcademiesSpeakers: Benno Böer, Charlie Winston

    • 14:45 Panel Discussion14:45 - 15:15Time for Nature | People-People-Nature | Climate Change | Humans and NatureSpeakers: Anantha Duraiappah, Deepak Sharma, Siriporn Sriaram, Toru Terai

    • 15:15 Q & A15:15 - 15:30Questions and Answers

    • 15:30 Concluding Remarks15:30 - 15:35Concluding remarks from the guest of honor.Speakers: Shabaz Khan

Event Reviews

Overall Rating: 3 RatingsData

Congratulation for UNESCO Bangkok. This event is very good for me as youth to build the relations with nature for future. Thank you for your knowledge during this webinar.Muhammad Syakirin Bin Abd Rashid on 2021-02-16 10:21

very enlightening webinar. diverse participants and speakers. interesting information/diagram/statistic. also, thanks for the team design an instant investigation and the analysis immediately. all are wonderful. worth for the time and attention.Jeanette Yi-Jen Shie on 2021-02-16 10:23

Congratulation for all panelists. This event is very good event for me as a youth. Thank you for your knowledge.Muhammad Syakirin Bin Abd Rashid on 2021-02-16 10:17

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