UNITAR Executive Workshop II - Nanotechnology and Manufactured Nanomaterials: Addressing Risks and Benefits




08 Mar - 08 Mar 2010

Duration of event:

0.5 day


Tokyo, Japan

Programme area:

Chemicals and Waste Management


No fee

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Nanotechnology—the science of the small—is becoming a significant priority in the policy agendas of many countries. Nanotechnology refers to a range of new technologies that aim to manipulate individual atoms and molecules in order to create new products and processes; for example, computers that fit on the head of a pin or structures that are built from the bottom up, atom by atom. This UNITAR/UNU-IAS co-organized Executive Workshop will discuss nanotechnology and manufactured nanomaterials from both international and national perspectives.

Event Objectives

As part of UNITAR Hiroshima's community outreach programme, these Executive Workshops aim at exposing participants to cutting-edge discussion on global topics, with a focus on Japan.

Content and Structure

Welcome remarks
  • Govindan Parayil, Vice Rector, UNU / Director, UNU-Institute of Advanced Studies
  • Alex Mejia, Head, UNITAR Hiroshima Office
Nanotechnology and the applications of manufactured nanomaterials
  • Craig Boljkovac, Manager, Chemicals and Waste Management Programme, UNITAR, and current Chair of the IOMC
Risk Assessment
Potential human health risks from the production and use of manufactured nanomaterials
and their applications
  •  Craig Boljkovac, UNITAR
Potential environmental risks from the production and use of manufactured nanomaterials
and their applications
  • Brandon Turner, Senior Specialist, Chemicals and Waste Management Programme, UNITAR
Global Coordination
Current OECD and global activities addressing the risks and benefits of manufactured nanomaterials
  • Brandon Turner, UNITAR
The Japanese Perspective: Activities in Three Ministries
  • Shuji Tamura, Deputy Director, Chemical Management Policy Division, Manufacturing Industries Bureau, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), Japan
  • Masayuki Koiwa, Deputy Director of Environmental Health/Safety Division, Ministry of the Environment, Japan
  • Taihei Tanaka, Deputy Director, Office of Chemical Safety, Pharmaceutical and Food Safety Bureau, Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare
Questions and Answers

Targeted Audience

This Executive Workshop is targeted at members of Japan's business and scientific communities as well as interested members of NGOs, Academia and Civil Society.

Additional Information

This Executive Workshop will be presented in English/Japanese with consecutive translation to Japanese where applicable.

DATE and TIME: Monday, 8 March 2010.From13:00 to 17:00
LOCATION: Elizabeth Rose Hall, United Nations University Centre, 5–53–70 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo