Annual Meeting 2024

Global Governance and Sustainable Development: Revitalizing Research to Support Multilateral Solutions

Tokyo, Japan | Thursday, 20 June – Saturday, 22 June 2024

Thank You to All 2024 Annual Meeting Participants!

The ACUNS Annual Meeting Team and Board of Directors thank all participants for their valuable contributions to the 2024 Annual Meeting. Nearly 400 practitioners and scholars from around the world convened at the United Nations University and the University of Tokyo to engage in discussions on the critical and timely theme of
Global Governance and Sustainable Development: Revitalizing Research to Support Multilateral Solutions.”


Thank You to the United Nations University and the University of Tokyo For Hosting And Supporting The 2024 Annual Meeting

We also thank the following generous sponsors and supporters: 
Kyoto University of the Arts, the United Nations University, The University of Tokyo, The University of Tokyo Institute for Future Initiatives, The University of Tokyo Research Center for Sustainable Peace, The University of Tokyo Graduate Program on Human Security (HSP), The University of Tokyo Centre for Middle Eastern Studies, Sophia University, O.P. Jindal Global University, the Global Governance in the Age of Cyber-Physical Fusion: Toward Sustainable Peace Grant, International Studies Association, United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Tokyo, Seton Hall University School of Diplomacy and International Relations, Stimson Center, Global Governance Innovation Network, Brill, MI CAFETO, Georgetown University, PASONA, and to all individual contributors to the Global South Scholar Travel Reimbursement Fund.

Professor Tshilidzi MARWALA, Rector of the United Nations University and Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations, delivered the Opening Keynote Address on the topic of 
Multilateral solutions through research, technology, and innovation.”  

Volker TÜRK, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, presented the ACUNS Lecture in Honour of Kofi Annan.

Professor Lise Morjé HOWARD, Former President of the Academic Council on the United Nations System and Professor of Government and Foreign Service at Georgetown University, delivered the John W. Holmes Memorial Lecture on the topic of The UN Security Council in Interstate War. The Lecture will be published in the ACUNS flagship journal, Global Governance

Pedro CONCEIÇÃO, Director of the Human Development Report Office, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), presented on The Human Development Journey: Open-ended and Open-armed.

The Annual Meeting also featured a plenary roundtable on the “Challenges to Global Governance: Putting People at the Center of Discussion,” featuring welcome remarks by Professor Fumitaka MAFUNE, Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Tokyo. Speakers included Joyce MSUYA, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, Professor Mitsugi ENDO, Chair of the Graduate Program on Human Security at the University of Tokyo, and Dr. Chie EZAKI, Associate Professor at the National Defense Academy of Japan.

We also thank our remarkable Annual Meeting Team – Ai KIHARA-HUNT, Sawako SHIRAHASE, Sabine BECKER-THIERRY, Alexandra IVANOVIC, Richard PONZIO, Charlotte KU, Martha THOMAS, Grace CHUNG – and the over 30 outstanding volunteers who contributed to the success of this meeting.

Detailed information regarding the 2024 Annual Meeting and the program remain available below for your reference.


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Certificates of Participation

For a Certificate of Participation, please complete a short form.


Photos of Day 1 Opening Session at the United Nations University

Photos of Day 2 FRI-A Sessions at the University of Tokyo

Photos taken by Tomomi SUGIMOTO

FRI-A4 Roundtable
Complexity Theory & Cognitive Third Force: Approaches Needed in an Era of Turbulence and Uncertainty in a Changing Global Order
FRI-A7 Panel
Climate Change: Governance and Resilience
FRI-A7 Panel
Climate Change: Governance and Resilience
FRI-A10 Panel
Human and Minority Rights Protection in Dystopic Democracy
FRI-A10 Panel
Human and Minority Rights Protection in Dystopic Democracy
FRI-A12 Panel
Human Rights, Minorities, and Democracy – No one left behind
FRI-A12 Panel
Human Rights, Minorities, and Democracy – No one left behind
FRI-A13 Roundtable
The Role of Local and Global Actors in Capacity Building
FRI-A13 Roundtable
The Role of Local and Global Actors in Capacity Building
FRI-A14 Roundtable
Global Metropolitan Metamorphosis: Crafting Antifragile Solutions for Sustainable Development Futures
FRI-A15 Roundtable
Synergistic Approach for Just Energy Transition and Sustainable Development

Photos of Day 2 MI CAFETO Coffee Break at the University of Tokyo

Photos taken by Tomomi SUGIMOTO

Photos of Day 2 Plenary Challenges to Global Governance: Putting People in the Center of Discussion at the University of Tokyo

Photos taken by Tomomi SUGIMOTO

Photos of Day 2 Global Policy Dialogue Governing Global Trade

Photos taken by Tomomi SUGIMOTO

Photos of Day 2 FRI-C Sessions at the University of Tokyo

Photos taken by Tomomi SUGIMOTO

Photos of Day 2 FRI-D Sessions at the University of Tokyo

Photos taken by Tomomi SUGIMOTO

Photos of Day 2 ACUNS Lecture in Honour of Kofi Annan by Volker TÜRK at the University of Tokyo

Photos taken by Tomomi SUGIMOTO

Photos of Day 2 Reception at the University of Tokyo

Photos taken by Tomomi SUGIMOTO

Photos of Day 3 SAT-A and SAT-B Sessions at the University of Tokyo

Photos of Day 3 Keynote Address on The Human Development Journey: Open-ended and Open-armed by Pedro CONCEIÇÃO

Photos of Day 3 Lunch Sponsored by Sophia University

Photos of Day 3 SAT-C Sessions at the University of Tokyo

Photos of Day 3 Holmes Lecture and Closing Ceremony

Photos of Day 3 Closing Reception Sponsored by O.P. Jindal Global University

Post-Annual Meeting 2024 Kyoto Tour

To register for the Annual Meeting, please confirm your membership in ACUNS. ACUNS is a global, membership-based, non-profit organization. Memberships are as low as USD $5.00 per year, and serve to sustain ACUNS’ operations. If the membership fee proves a burden, please email annualmeeting@acuns.org.

IN-PERSON REGISTRATION FEE: US $100.00

VIRTUAL REGISTRATION FEE: US $30.00

General Registration is open for Annual Meeting attendees. Registration fees serve to offset the costs of conference staffing. In-person registration also covers all coffee breaks, lunches, and receptions.

Donate to the 2024 Global South Scholar Travel Fund. ACUNS has created a fund to ensure the fullest participation possible of all of our members. 


Partial Reimbursement

Thank you to all members from the Global South with an assigned speaking role who will be attending in person and have applied for Global South travel reimbursement. If you are from the Global South, will be attending the Annual Meeting in person, have a speaking role, and have applied for Global South partial travel reimbursement, we will be contacting you soon to collect details of your travel and make arrangements for your partial reimbursement.


Thank you to everyone who has submitted a proposal for the ACUNS Annual Meeting 2024. Proposal acceptances have been sent out, and a preliminary program will be available in mid-May. 


Amina Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations
Keynote Address
(pre-recorded)
Volker Türk, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
ACUNS Lecture in Honour of Kofi Annan
Pedro Conceição, Director of the Human Development Report Office, United Nations Development Programme
Joyce Msuya, Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs
and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator
Professor Tshilidzi Marwala, Rector of the United Nations University and Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations
Opening Keynote Address
Professor Lise Morjé Howard, President of the Academic Council on the United Nations System and Professor of Government and Foreign Service at Georgetown University
Holmes Lecture

Meeting Description

The General Assembly passed a resolution (A/RES/76/307) to hold the Summit of the Future: Multilateral Solutions for a Better Tomorrow in September 2024. The Summit will serve as an opportunity to renew existing global commitments such as the Sustainable Development Goals (as featured at the September 2023 SDG Summit), to strengthen international cooperation and reinvigorate multilateralism, and to secure global consensus towards an “action-oriented” Pact for the Future. Crucial to revitalizing global governance efforts, and ensuring that multilateral systems make a positive impact on people’s lives, is recognizing that challenges to sustainable development (including, for example, ending extreme poverty, social injustice, personal insecurity, and environmental degradation) intersect with threats to human rights and human security. The deep connections between and mutual reinforcement of these global challenges, and the need for innovative, UN system-wide solutions, have never been more acute and urgently needed as now.

ACUNS Annual Meeting 2024 aims to provide a platform for collaborative dialogue on the links between sustainable development on the one hand, and global universal values of human rights and human security on the other, in keeping with the UNU’s mission of providing a “bridge between the international academic community and the United Nations system.”

Global Governance and Sustainable Development: Revitalizing Research to Support Multilateral Solutions

Thematic Categories:
Common Values, Human Rights, and Sustainable Development
International Cooperation in Upholding Human Security Objectives
Inclusion and Participation in Multilateral Decision-making Processes

Travel Information

Travel to Tokyo, Japan

Airports

There are two airports serving the Greater Tokyo Area:

Narita Airport
. You can find access information, to and from the airport, here.
Address: 1-1 Furugome, Narita, Chiba 282-0004

Haneda Airport. You can find access information, to and from the airport, here.
Address: Hanedakuko, Ota City, Tokyo 144-0041

Shinkansen (High-speed Trains)

Those traveling to Tokyo from other major cities/prefectures may use the shinkansen as a mode of transportation. More information can be found here.

Two shinkansen stations serve the Greater Tokyo Area: the Tokyo Station and the Shinagawa Station.

Accommodations in Tokyo

Please note that ACUNS is unable to assist with organizing accommodation but has suggested hotels below.

ACUNS does not have blocked reduced-rate rooms available for this Annual Meeting. Below is a list of recommended Hotels that range from luxury to budget accommodations. You may book your stay directly with these venues by clicking the name of the hotel or reservation link below. 

Luxury Hotels (5 stars)

Hotel New Otani 
Address: 4-1, Kioi-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-8578, JAPAN
3,4km from UN University, 21 minutes by public transport
5,4km from Tokyo University Komaba Campus, 26 minutes by public transport
Rooms: The Quality Double Room from JPY 24.300 per night & per room, (Breakfast included, excluding taxes & fees, the price may change depending on the time of booking)
Reservation: Click here to make the reservation online

Imperial Hotel Tokyo 
Address: 1-1, UCHISAIWAI-CHO 1-CHOME, CHIYODA-KU, TOKYO 100-8558, JAPAN
5,5km from UN University, 21 minutes by public transport
7,5km from Tokyo University Komaba Campus, 33minutes by public transport
Rooms: The Main Building Superior King or Twin beds Room from JPY 59.000 per night & per room, (Breakfast not included, VAT or Consumption tax included, the price may change depending on the time of booking)
Reservation: Click here to make the reservation online

Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel  
Address: 26-1 Sakuragaoka-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-8512
1,3km from UN University, 20 minutes’ walk or 15 minutes by public transport
1,3km from Tokyo University Komaba Campus, 20 minutes walk or 10 minutes by public transport
Rooms: Double Room from JPY 76,505per night & per room, (Breakfast included, Including Taxes & fees, the price may change depending on the time of booking)
Reservation: Click here to make the reservation online

Mid-range Hotels (4 stars)

Shibuya Excel Hotel Tokyu 
Address: Shibuya Mark City Building, 1-12-2, Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0043
1,0km from UN University, 18 minutes’ walk or 14 minutes by public transport
1,3km from Tokyo University Komaba Campus, 19 minutes walk or 13 minutes by public transport
Rooms: Standard Single Room from JPY 25,460 per night & per room, (Breakfast not included, excluding Taxes & fees, the price may change depending on the time of booking)
Reservation: Click here to make the reservation online

Shibuya Steam Hotel
Address: 3-21-3, Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0002
1,0km from UN University, 17 minutes’ walk or 12 minutes by public transport
1,8km from Tokyo University Komaba Campus, 28 minutes walk or 14 minutes by public transport
Rooms: Standard Single Room from JPY 41,700 per night & per room (Breakfast not included, including Taxes & fees, the price may change depending on the time of booking)
Reservation: Click here to make the reservation online

Budget Hotels ( 3 stars)

Shibuya Tokyu REI Hotel
Address: 1-24-10, Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0002
750m from UN University, 11 minutes’ walk or 18 minutes by public transport
1,5km from Tokyo University Komaba Campus, 22minutes’ walk or 11 minutes by public transport
Rooms: Standard Double Room from JPY 18,801 per night & per room (Breakfast not included, including Taxes & fees, the price may change depending on the time of booking)
Reservation: Click here to make the reservation online

Tokyu Stay Aoyama Premier 
Address: 2-27-18 Minamiaoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo, 107-0062
1,2km from UN University, 17 minutes’ walk or 16 minutes by public transport
3,2km from Tokyo University Komaba Campus, 21 minutes by public transport
Rooms: Please contact the hotel directly to request the UN contract rate
Single room JPY14,000 / Semi-double room JPY22,400 per night & per room
(Breakfast not included, tax is included)
Or click here to make the reservation online without the contract discount

Shibuya Tobu Hotel  
Address: 3-1 Udagawacho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0042
1,0km from UN University, 15 minutes’ walk or 14 minutes by public transport
1,4km from Tokyo University Komaba Campus, 20 minutes’ walk or 15 minutes by public transport
Rooms: Single room from JPY 20.000 to 26.000 per night & per room
(Breakfast not included, tax included, prices are variable and depend on the dates)
Reservation: Click here to make the reservation online

JR-East Hotel Mets Shibuya 
Address: 3-29-17 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0002
1,0km from UN University, 16 minutes’ walk or 13 minutes by public transport
2,0km from Tokyo University Komaba Campus, 30 minutes’ walk or 17 minutes by public transport
Room: Superior single room from JPY 24.600 per night & per room
(Breakfast not include, tax is included, the price may change depending on the time of booking)
Reservation: Click here to make the reservation online

APA Hotel Shibuya-Dogenzakaue 
Address: 20-1, Maruyamacho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, 150-0044
1,5km from UN University, 20 minutes’ walk or 19 minutes by public transport
800m from Tokyo University Komaba Campus, 12 minutes’ walk or 7 minutes by public transport
Rooms: Single room 19-21 June /from JPY16,100 per night & per room
22nd June / from JPY 24,200 per night & per room
 (Breakfast not included, tax included, the price may change depending on the time of booking)
Reservation: Click here to make the reservation online

ACUNS does not have facilities to hold luggage for participants during the Annual Meeting. However, hotels in Tokyo provide this service.

Getting to the United Nations University (UNU) in Tokyo

The United Nations University is located on Aoyama-dori Avenue, at:

5-53-70, Jingumae, Shibuya-ku,
Tokyo 150-8925
Japan

国際連合大学
〒150-8925
東京都渋谷区神宮前 5-53-70

Please note that there will be NO PARKING available at UNU for the Annual Meeting.

We suggest using the following modes of transportation:

PUBLIC TRANSIT

By subway or train:
1. Take Exit B2 at the Omotesando Station (Tokyo Metro). The UNU Campus is about a 5-minute walk from Exit B2 of Omotesando Station (Google Map link)

2. Alternatively, take Exit B2 or Exit B3 at the Shibuya Station ( JR, Tokyo Metro, Keio Corporation, and Tokyu Railways). The UNU Campus is about a 10-minute walk from Shibuya Station (Google Map link)

By bus:
3. The UNU Campus is also accessible via the Aoyama Gakuin University Bus Stop (Google Map link)

Getting to the University of Tokyo – Komaba Campus

The University of Tokyo – Komaba Campus is located at:
3 Chome-8-1 Komaba, Meguro-ku
Tokyo 153-8902
Japan

Access information on the UTokyo – Komaba Campus is available here.
東京大学駒場キャンパス
〒153-8902 東京都目黒区駒場 3-8-1

Rideshare or Taxi Service
1) Ride-hailing apps:

Uber
GO Taxi

2) Flagging down a taxi is just as reliable. For more helpful information on using taxi services in Tokyo, see here

Travel between UNU and UofTokyo Komaba Campus



  • Walking between both Universities is not advisable, as it takes about an hour
  • Closest metro station to UNU: Omotesando
  • Closest train station to UoT Komaba Campus: Komaba Todaimae

For travel from UNU to UoT Komaba Campus:

  • UNU officials are advised to take a taxi
  • Students and young scholars can take the metro. Change at Shibuya station and take a train, although Shibuya station is complex for first-time visitors. It takes about 16 minutes to walk from UNU to Shibuya Station.
  • The metro journey takes approximately 20 minutes
  • A taxi ride takes about 10 minutes


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Visa Support

All members with a speaking role who have requested visa letters should have received communication from the Annual Meeting team. For any visa letter inquiries, please email annualmeeting@acuns.org.

Optional Post-Annual Meeting Kyoto Tour

In partnership with the Kyoto University of the Arts, the ACUNS Tokyo Liaison Office invites participants to a 3-day, 2-night optional tour to Kyoto, following the ACUNS Annual Meeting 2024.

Sunday, 23 June:
Meet at Kyoto Station and go sightseeing at Iwashimizu Hachimangū Shrine
Monday, 24 June:
Free time or optional tour options arranged with a minivan (more information regarding optional tour options to follow)
Tuesday, 25 June:
Check-out and return 
Accommodation:
Hotel Okura Kyoto or similar three-star hotel
Fees:
The total fees are estimated to range between 90,000 yen to 150,000 yen per person, which may vary based on the number of participants and optional tours arranged. Included in the fees:

Accommodation: 2 nights with breakfast 
23 June: Lunch and transportation from Kyoto Station to Iwashimizu Hachimangū Shrine
24 June: Optional tours with lunch

* Transportation to and from Kyoto are to be arranged independently by each participant

【Travel agency】
JTB Corp. Kyoto Central Branch 

167,Dojisha-cho,Shimogyo-ku,Kyoto-shi,Kyoto, 600-8421 Japan
AYA Shijokarasuma BLD 2F

TEL:075-284-0174 * Japanese only
E-mail:s_matsumoto790@jtb.com
Office hours: 9:30-17:30 (weekdays only)
Agency Registered Travel Agent No.64
Certified Travel Service Supervisor: Wataru NAKAGAWA
*A certified travel service supervisor is responsible for supervising all transaction conducted at the sales office where your travel arrangements are made. If you have any questions concerning your travel contract, please feel free to ask the supervisor.