Press Release

2024.02.14 “The 5th Kansai SDGs Youth Meeting 2023” To Be Held

The Kansai SDGs Platform and Japan Association for the 2025 World Exposition (hereinafter referred to as “the Association”) will hold “The 5th Kansai SDGs Youth Meeting 2023” for students, companies and organisations that have an interest in the SDGs.
The Association hopes that participants will enjoy learning about the SDGs and deepen their understanding of Expo 2025 Osaka, Kansai, Japan (hereinafter referred to as “the Expo”), which aims to contribute to the achievement of the SDGs. The Association would also like to encourage participation in various initiatives in the run-up to the Expo to build momentum for the Expo.

Overview of the Event

1. Time and date: Morning session – 11:00 to 13:00, Afternoon session – 14:30 to 17:00, Friday, February 23, 2024 (tentative)

2.Hosts: Kansai SDGs Platform and the Japan Association for the 2025 World Exposition

3.Organisers: Kansai SDGs Platform, Education Subcommittee, and SDGs Knowledge Lab.

4.In cooperation with: Osaka College of Animation & e-Sports, Kansai University KANDAI for SDGs Promotion Project, and Broadcasting Art College

5.Supporters: United Nations Information Centre, Kids Design Association, Osaka Prefectural Board of Education, Shiga Prefectural Board of Education, Nara Prefectural Board of Education, Hyogo Prefectural Board of Education, Wakayama Prefectural Board of Education, Kyoto Prefectural Board of Education, Tokushima Prefectural Board of Education, Fukui Prefectural Board of Education, Tottori Prefectural Board of Education, Osaka City Board of Education, Sakai City Board of Education, Kyoto City Board of Education, Kobe City Board of Education, The Asahi Shimbun Company, The Mainichi Newspapers Co., Ltd., Nikkei Inc. Osaka Headquarters, SANKEI SHIMBUN CO.,LTD., The Yomiuri Shimbun

6. Venue: Advanced registration is required to watch the live-stream and participate in the event. Please apply using the dedicated form below. Details, including the link to the live-stream, will be sent to your email address around Tuesday, February 20.
▼ Dedicated Application Form: (Japanese)
▼ Venue: KANDAI Me RISE, Kansai University Umeda Campus (1-5, Tsuruno-cho, Kita ward, Osaka)
Access: (Japanese)
*The number of participants is limited by the size of the venue.

7.Program: *The contents are subject to change.
■ Morning session:
・Special video message:
NEMOTO Kaoru, Director, United Nations Information Centre
IZAWA Takushi of QuizKnock, Special Supporter of Expo 2025 Osaka, Kansai, Japan
・Junior Expo “Presentations by Junior High School Students”
Schools participating in the Junior Expo 2025 Educational Program offered by the Association will present their ideas for designing future society for “all” our lives.
*Details will be announced on the Association’s official website later.
■ Afternoon session
Announcement of results of “The 5th Kansai SDGs Youth Action 2023”
Of the 225 submitted ideas and actions to achieve the SDGs, 19 particularly excellent ideas and actions will be selected as “Good Actions” to be introduced and awarded the Grand Prize and other awards.

KITA Takashi, Vice President and Director of SDGs Promotion Office, Kobe University
Kansai SDGs platform steering committee member (Chairperson)
OHTA Masayuki, President and representative director, JOGGO
KAJISAWA Chieko, Director, JICA Development Studies Program Division, Kansai Center, Japan International Cooperation Agency
HOSOI Masayo, Professor Graduate School of Business Administration and Economics, Faculty of Economics, Otemon Gakuin University
TERAMOTO Wakana, 3rd year student, Department of International Studies, Faculty of International Studies, Otemon Gakuin University
(Recipient of last year’s Corporate and Group Award)
*The name of the “Kansai SDGs Youth Idea Contest”, which was first held in 2019, was changed to “Kansai SDGs Youth Action” in 2021.

The winner of last year’s “The 4th Kansai SDGs Youth Action 2022” Student Division Grand Prize will also present about the actions they have taken since winning.
(Presenter) Abroad International School, Osaka, 4th year students “Foxy Leo”
(For reference) About The 4th Kansai SDGs Youth Action 2022 (Japanese)

8. Participation fee: free of charge

9. Event details: (Japanese)

10. Application period: 14:00, Wednesday, February 14, 2024 to 12:00, Friday, February 16, 2024


■ About this event:
Kansai SDGs Platform, Education Subcommittee, SDGs Knowledge Lab Office
(NGO DeepPeople) Ms. Nakao

■ About Expo 2025 Osaka, Kansai, Japan Junior EXPO:
Public Relations Department, Japan Association for the 2025 World Exposition