On June 14th, Professor Taikan Oki, the Senior Vice-Rector of the United Nations University, made a courtesy visit to both Mr. Tanimoto, the governor of Ishikawa Prefecture and Mr. Yamano, the mayor of Kanazawa City. The purpose of the visit was to express gratitude for continuous support from the two local governments since the establishment of Operating Unit Ishikawa Kanazawa in 2008, and to discuss further enhanced cooperation.
Governor Tanimoto praised the achievements from the partnership between UNU and Ishikawa Prefecture from the past decade, and said he expects that collaboration between the prefectural government and the UNU will be enhanced during the next decade. Mayor Yamano expressed his expectations regarding UNU’s role in implementing a variety of cultural and environmental policies in Kanazawa. Vice-Rector Oki expressed his expectation that UNU will continue to help Ishikawa and Kanazawa make great progress on sustainable regional development under the UN’s sustainable development goals (SDG).
The courtesy visits were followed by a presentation session to introduce OUIK’s locally conducted research activities as well as its contribution to the UN process, such as the Convention on Biological Diversity.