International Symposium

on Rice Forum for Global Environment in Tokyo

FGPE held the Rice Forum for Global Environment for six years with inviting ambassadors and diplomats from 120 countries to provide opportunities to think about the global environment and the international cooperation through experiencing rice farming and home stay program.


Rice has high productivity and rich nutrition, and can be repeatedly grown for years.  Rice field has a huge water holding capacity, enriching soil and helps to keep rich natural ecosystem.  Rice has a significant role for saving the global food crisis that might be caused by population explosion, environmental destruction and climate change in the 21st century. 


To focus on the six years' achievement of the rice forum since 1999 as well as to appeal the potential of rice as a staple food, FGPE held the international symposium on the theme of "Rice will save the Earth in the 21st Century".

Also, we focus on the advantage of rice farming which contributes to the circulation of ecosystem and international cooperation, with the spirituality of "Living Together" that underlies the rice culture.

Date:                     November 14 (Mon), 2005, 13:30 - 16:30

Place:                    U Thant Conference Hall of the United Nations University (Shibuya-ku, Tokyo)


Organized by:      Foundation For Global Peace and Environment (FGPE)

Co-organized by: United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

                               Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

                               Japan FAO Association

Supported by:      United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

                               The Yomiuri Shimbun

Specially Sponsored by:  Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

Keynote Lecture:

The keynote speech focused on the importance and the potentiality of rice farming from the wide aspects of its origin and history as well as the influence of the global climate changes during the past thousands years.  


Dr. Yoshinori Yasuda

Professor, International Research Center for Japanese Studies (Kyoto)


Pioneer of the specialized field of the Environmental Archaeology.  Studies the relation between the rise and fall of the ancient civilizations and the climate change in global scale. 


Publications: "Myths and Rituals of the Yangtze River Civilization", " Introduction to Environmental Archaeology", "World History of Environment and Civilization" and so on.

Panel Discussion:

Invited panelists of Ambassadors to Japan who participated in the Rice Forums, Mayor of Fukagawa City (Hokkaido) which hosted the rice forum in 2000, and a representative of FGPE, and discussed on the issues of rice, rice farming, food and agriculture from local and global point of views.   


(from right)


His Excellency Mr. Adolfo Alvarez

Ambassador of the Republic of Ecuador


His Excellency Mr. M. Serajul Islam

Ambassador of Bangladesh


Ms. Tomoko Yano

Coordinator of the panel

Secretary General 

Foundation for Global Peace and Environment (FGPE)




(from right)


His Excellency Mr. Yury Kostenko

Ambassador of Ukraine


His Excellency Mr. James John Chikago

Ambassador of the Republic of Malawi


His Excellency Mr. Eli Cohen

Ambassador of Israel




(from left)


Mr. Junichi Kawano


Fukagawa City (Hokkaido)

(Host city of the 2000 rice forum)


Mr. Katsuhiro Shigemoto

Executive Director

Foundation for Global Peace and Environment (FGPE)

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