Keio University has contributed to the formulation of international frameworks and the construction of international networks in relation to measures designed to mitigate climate change.
Professor Hironori Hamanaka, a research professor at the Graduate School of Media and Governance, participated in the drafting of the Kyoto Protocol in 1997; he has also participated in the design of the post-2012 international regime for mitigating climate change. Professor Masataka Watanabe, another research professor at the Graduate School of Media and Governance, called for the construction of an international adaptation network, mainly of international institutions such as the UN Environment Program (UNEP), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) and Asia Institute of Technology (AIT) in 2009. Today, UNEP (Bangkok) and IGES co-host a hub for the Asia Pacific Regional Climate Change Adaptation Network (APAN), of which Professor Watanabe serves as a co-chairman. For the global adaptation network, a wider version of APAN, the Environment Minister of Japan assumes the post of co-chairperson.
As the focus of global economic activity shifts to developing countries in Asia and Africa, the environments of these developing countries are becoming very vulnerable. As a result, the people of such developing countries are being exposed to increasing risks stemming from climate change. On the basis of its ethos of pragmatic sciences, Keio University will continue to treat the issues relating to climate change systematically by providing innovative ideas and frameworks without being tied down by the conventional boundaries of single-discipline approaches.