24 April 2002

Takehiko Uemura

Director, International Department, Network “Earth Village

Coordinator for East Asia, World Civil Society Forum

 

Birth Date & Sex:                26 March 1965, Male

Citizenship:                           Japanese

Professional Background:    Development Studies, Environmental Studies, NGO Studies and International Relations

Education:

1988                Bachelor of Social Science, the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Mie University, Mie, Japan

1992                Master of Laws (International Relations), the Graduate School of Law, Osaka University, Osaka, Japan.

1993                Master of International Affairs, the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada.

 

Work Experience:

1993-1994           Canada-Japan Liaison Officer, the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE), Ottawa, Canada.

1994-1997           People’s Participation/Environment Associate Professional Officer, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Rome, Italy.

1997-2000           Lecturer (Part-time), Faculty of International Culture Studies, Tenri University, Nara, Japan.

1997-Present       Lecturer, Network “Earth Village”, Osaka, Japan.

1998-2002           Lecturer, Faculty of Liberal Arts, Nara University, Nara, Japan.

2001-Present       Coordinator for East Asia, World Civil Society Forum, Geneva, Switzerland

2002-Present       Director, International Department, Network Earth Village, Tokyo, Japan.

 

Publications:

·         Endogenous Development: Environment, Development and the Third World, Master’s thesis, Osaka: The Graduate School of Laws, Osaka University, Osaka, Japan, 1992 (in Japanese).

·         Development from Within: as a Key to Sustainable and Human Development, Master’s thesis, Ottawa: The Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University, 1993.

·         “Sustainable Rural Development in Western Africa: The Naam Movement and the Six ‘S’”, in SD Dimensions, FAO Sustainable Development Department Homepage, Rome: FAO, 1996.

·         “Arne Naess and Deep Ecology”, Web of Life Newsletter, Tokyo: Web of Life, Autumn 1996, pp. 2-5 (in Japanese).

·         “The Present Situation and the Future of Food Crisis”, Earth Village” Newsletter, Vol. 53, Osaka: Network “Earth Village”, June 1997, pp. 4-5 (in Japanese).

·         “How to Harmonize Economy with Environment: Three Approaches towards a Sustainable Society in tune with the Nature”, Ecology Symphony, Osaka: Kansai NEC ltd. and Crean ltd., May - August 1997 (in Japanese).

·         Five Generations of NGOs and Earth Village”, “Earth Village” Newsletter, Vol. 57, Osaka: Network “Earth Village”, October 1997, pp. 4-5 (in Japanese).

·         Food Crisis and Climate Change, Kyoto: Kiko Forum, October 1997 (in Japanese).

·         “A New Horizon of Sustainable Development”, Peace Studies, Peace Studies Association of Japan, January 1998.

·         “Global Warming and NGOs: Establishing Values that Emphasize Life over Money”, Peace Culture, Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation, March 1998.

·         “Environmental Degradation in Ecuador and Our Life Style, Earth Village” Newsletter, Vol. 73, Osaka: Network “Earth Village”, February 1999 (in Japanese).

·         “Degradation of Mind causes Degradation of Environment”, Peace Culture, No. 135, Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation December 1999 (in Japanese).

·         “Essence of Global Environmental Degradation”, Daisyo-News, Osaka Chamber of Commerce, February, March 2000 (in Japanese).

·         “Sharing is Healing: An Experience in Findhorn”, Earth Village” Newsletter, Vol. 90, Osaka: Network “Earth Village”, July 2000 (in Japanese).

·          “Participation, Civil Society Organizations and Sustainable Development: Participatory Approaches to Environmentally Sustainable Development”, Memoirs of Nara University, No. 28, Nara University, Nara, March 2000.

·         “A Fundamental Shift in Development Thinking (1): From “Development from Above” to “Development from Within”, Memoirs of Nara University, No. 29, Nara University, Nara, March 2001.

·         “A Fundamental Shift in Development Thinking (2): Towards Global Citizenship Education and “United Global Citizens”, Memoirs of Nara University, No. 30, Nara University, Nara, March 2001.

 

Report Presentations:

1996       “Participatory Approaches to Environmentally Sustainable Development” at the FAO Global Issues Study Group Meeting, Rome, Italy.

1997       “Participatory Approaches to Sustainable Development” at the Peace Studies Seminar 1997 held by the Peace Studies Association of Japan, Kyoto, Japan.

1997       “Development Education and Environmental Education: Five Generations of NGOs’ Thinking and Actions” at the Development Education Study Forum, Osaka, Japan.

1998       “Climate Change and NGOs: Green Consumers are the Keys to Prevent Climate Change”, at the Peace Studies Association of Japan, Kyoto, Japan.

2000       “Minimizing Negative Impacts of Globalization: A Call for Networking and Collective Action among NGOs” at Developing Partnership Strategies for Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction, Kitakyushu, Japan.

2001       “United Global Citizens: A Call for Networking of Citizens, Peoples, NGOs and CSOs”, at the World Mayors’ Conference for World Peace, Hiroshima, Japan.

2002       “A Beautiful Earth for our Children”, at Prepcom III for World Summit on Sustainable Development, New York, USA.

2002       “Towards a Realization of “United Global Citizens””, at Prepcom III for World Summit on Sustainable Development, New York, USA.

2002       “World Civil Society Forum: Consultation and Briefing”, at Prepcom III for World Summit on Sustainable Development, New York, USA.

 

Public Lectures: More than 280 public lectures delivered since 1997.

 

International Conferences and Research:

·         Research at the Institute of International Political Economy in Yugoslavia in 1990.

·         Field work in Sri Lanka on “Participatory rural development based on local people’s values and traditions in Sri Lanka: the ideals and practice of the Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement” in 1991

·         Fieldwork in Vietnam in 1994.  Visited and researched UNICEF’s projects in the northern part of rural areas in Vietnam, including income-generating activities; water and sanitation schemes; primary health care; and a multi-grade education projects.

·         A four-week technical backstopping mission to the Participatory Rural Development Project in Pakistan promoted by Rural Institutions and Participation Service, FAO in 1995.

·         Attended the Third Scientific Symposium “Global Change, Local Challenge”, held by Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change Programme (HDP) in Geneva in October 1995.

·         Attended 11th Plenary Session of the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), as a member of the FAO Inter-Departmental Working Group on Climate Change, 11-15 December 1995.

·         A two-week field mission to India (Gujarat) for researching a successful case of civil society organization in natural resource management in connection to “Agroforestry Activities for Rural Workers’ Organizations (RWOs) Programme” in 1996.

·         Attended the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the 3rd Conference of Parties (UNFCCC-COP3) held from 1 - 11 December 1997, in Kyoto, Japan

·         Field work in Ecuador on “Environmental degradation and a life of indigenous people” in 1997 and in 1998.

·         Fieldwork in “Findhorn” in Scotland on “A Quest for a vision for a sustainable society in harmony with the earth” in August-September 1999.

·         Fieldwork in Kingdom of Bhutan on “A Quest for a vision for a sustainable society in harmony with the earth” in March 2000.

·         Attended the G8 Summit in Okinawa in July 2000.

·         Attended the Ministerial Conference on Environment and Development in Asia and the Pacific” in September 2000.

·         Participated in Prepcom I for World Summit on Sustainable Development, New York, USA, in April-May 2001.

·         Participated in Preparatory Meeting for the World Civil Society Forum, Geneva, Switzerland, in July 2001.

·         Attended the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the 6th bis Conference of Parties (UNFCCC-COP6 bis) held in Bonn, Germany, in 2001.

·         Participated in Prepcom II for World Summit on Sustainable Development, New York, USA, in January-February 2002.

·         Participated in Prepcom III for World Summit on Sustainable Development, New York, USA, in March-April 2002.

 

Academic Associations:

·         The Japan Association of International Relations

·         Peace Studies Association of Japan

·         The Japanese Society of Environmental Education

·         The Japan Association of Sustainable Society

·         Citizens Alliance for Saving the Atmosphere and the Earth (CASA)