Lectures at schools and universities in Japan

Activity list

ITTO Executive Director speaks on Sustainable Development Goals at Soka University


ITTO Executive Director Sheam Satkuru delivered a lecture on ITTO’s role in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals to about 300 students (in person and online) at Soka University in Hachioji, Tokyo, on 2 December 2022


Talk on sustainable forestry at Mahasu Cram School


As part of Yokohama City’s lecture delivery programme, ITTO delivered a lecture to the Mahasu Cram School on 18 August 2022. The lecture highlighted the global importance of tropical forests, provided insights into the many essential goods and services delivered by tropical forests, and reflected on threats to forest ecosystems.


ITTO contributes to Soka University symposium on sustainable development


The “Value Creation X SDG” symposium hosted by Soka University on 4–18 June 2022 reflected on the theoretical and practical progress made towards sustainable development, as well as the concept’s limitations. The symposium, which comprised several themes, was part of Soka University’s 50th anniversary celebrations.


Lecture at Yokohama Science Frontier high school


ITTO officers gave an online lecture to students at the Yokohama Science Frontier High School on 23 March 2022. The lecture highlighted the importance of sustainable tropical forest management for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, illustrated by examples from the Organization’s field and policy work.


Symposium at Soka University on Africa and SDGs


ITTO Executive Director Dr Gerhard Dieterle was a panellist at the symposium, “Africa and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”, convened by Soka University in Yokohama on 1 September 2019. The symposium was a post-event of the 7th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD7), which was held on 28–30 August, also in Yokohama.
Dr Dieterle shared ITTO’s field experiences in opening up new development paths through the creation of legal and sustainable supply chains. Also at the symposium, students from Soka University presented the conclusions of group discussions on how young people could help create a future for Africa based on the SDGs.


Visitors from Yokohama Youth World Peace Program


On 22 August 2019 we received at ITTO the visit from two participants from Yokohama Youth World Peace Program. Ms Isohara an Narihara, both Yokohama Peace Messengers, were quite interested in learning more about sustainable forest management in the tropics.


Lecture at Shin-Eda Welfare Council


ITTO visited the Shin-Eda Welfare Council on 12 July 2019 to give a lecture on "The role of tropical forests in achieving SDGs" followed by a group discussion on the environment and how to best preserve nature. Teaching all members of society about the importance of tropical forests is critical to promoting the work done at ITTO.


Lecture at Yokohama Jogakuin Girls Highschool


It is so rewarding to be able to spread the word on sustainable development to future generations. We are extremely grateful to Yokohama Jogakuin High School and the City of Yokohama for the opportunity to deliver a lecture and interact with birlliant students on 22 May 2019.