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Webinar: Japan and the Netherlands 8 March 2024 09:00 - 11:30

Join us for an insightful webinar as we explore the intricate web of partnerships crucial for realising the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Collaboration lies at the core of sustainable development, and in this session, we will delve into the diverse array of stakeholders and sectors that must come together to drive meaningful change.

Featuring esteemed speakers from the Netherlands and Japan, we will delve into pressing global issues such as health, education, technological innovation, Disaster risk reduction and water management. Together, we will highlight the indispensable role of cross-sectoral collaborations in addressing these challenges. From grassroots engagement to cutting-edge innovations, we will showcase how collaborative efforts can transcend boundaries and disciplines, laying the groundwork for a more equitable and sustainable future.

Our discussions will center on uncovering effective collaborative practices, spanning international, national, and regional scales. We will also shine a spotlight on strategic Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) as key drivers of progress. By examining the multi-faceted approach required for sustainable development in developing and emerging economies, we will chart a course towards inclusive growth and resilience. Join us as we navigate the pathways towards a sustainable future, weaving together the joint efforts of Japan and the Netherlands in pursuit of shared objectives. Together, let us harness the power of collaboration to drive transformative change on a global scale.


09:00 - 09:05: Welcoming Address by VU Amsterdam Rector Magnificus, Prof. dr. Jeroen J.G. Geurts

09:05 - 09:10: Opening Remarks by Ambassador of Japan to the Netherlands, H.E. Mr. Hiroshi Minami

09:10 - 09:15: Introduction by the Moderator, Prof. dr. Bart Bossink

09:15 - 09:35: Lecture 1 by Prof. dr. Kenzo Hiroki

09:35 - 09:45: Q&A session 1

09:45 - 10:05: Lecture 2 by Prof. dr. Wendy Janssens

10:05 - 10:25: Lecture 3 by Prof. dr. Philipp Pattberg

10:25 - 10:45: Lecture 4 by Prof. dr. Menno Pradhan

10:45 - 11:05: Lecture 5 by Mr. Berend van de Kraats

11:05 - 11:15: Q&A session 2

11:15 - 11:25: Discussion Session for Japan and Netherlands

11:25 - 11:30: Closing Remarks by Moderator

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About Webinar: Japan and the Netherlands

Starting date

  • 8 March 2024


  • 09:00 - 11:30

Organised by

  • VU Amsterdam International Office


  • English



Prof. dr. Jeroen J.G. Geurts,
Rector Magnificus VU Amsterdam

H.E. Mr. Hiroshi Minami,
Ambassador of Japan to the Netherlands

Prof. dr. Bart Bossink,
Professor of Science, Business & Innovation,
Faculty of Science, VU Amsterdam

Prof. dr. Kenzo Hiroki,
National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS), Japan

Prof. dr. Philipp Pattberg,
Director Amsterdam Sustainability Institute,
Professor Transnational environmental governance and policy,
VU Amsterdam

Prof. dr. Wendy Janssens,
Professor in Development Economics,
Academic Board member of the Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development (AIGHD)

Prof. dr. Menno Pradhan,
Professor in Project and Program Evaluation for International Development,
VU Amsterdam and UvA

Mr. Berend van de Kraats,
Founder, OceanX