Chancellor Block speaks at the G8 University Summit and signs the Sapporo Sustainability Declaration
The G8 University Summit was held for the first time in Sapporo, Japan from June 29 to July 1, 2008. Through this summit, participating university recognized the importance of academic investigation and research to achieve world-wide sustainability.
This G8 University Summit was hosted by the G8 University Summit Organizing Committee, which is composed of members from 14 universities in Japan and chaired by President Hiroshi Komiyama of the University of Tokyo. The number of participants was about 140, including presidents, chancellors, and representatives of 34 universities in 14 G8 and non-G8 countries as well as the United Nations University. The Presidents agreed upon holding the next G8 University Summit in Italy in 2009 and to commit to keep promoting sustainability.
Chancellor Block, one of only two US representatives, presented on how research institutions like UCLA contribute to sustainbility through research and education.
The G8 University Summit goal is to combine contributions from academia across the globe, in order to achieve:
(1) sustainability of the global, social and human systems and their mutual relationship,
(2) to promote education for sustainable development, and
(3) construct an international network through cooperation among universities.
Participating Universities signed the Saporro Sustainability Declaration.
Published: Friday, August 15, 2008