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December 15, 2021
Office of the Governor for Policy Planning

The 6th Tokyo Global Partners Seminar held

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government held the 6th Tokyo Global Partners Seminar online on November 24, 2021.
The seminar brings together senior- and working-level officials from cities around the world to share and discuss their experiences and challenges facing them and deepen cooperation between cities. The theme of this fiscal year’s seminar was “Strengthening Cooperation between Cities for a Sustainable Recovery from the COVID-19 Crisis.”
A summary of Governor Koike’s video message shown at this seminar is provided below.

1. Seminar overview

(1) Date/time

Wednesday, November 24, 2021
Morning session: 10:00 a.m. - 12:35 p.m. (JST)
Evening session: 5:00 p.m. - 7:25 p.m. (JST)
*In order to accommodate the time difference between Tokyo and participating cities, the seminar was divided into two parts, the morning and evening sessions.

(2) Program content

  • Video message by Governor Koike
  • Report on the Sustainable Recovery Tokyo Forum (Re StaRT) by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government
  • Presentations by the participating cities, covering issues such as measures taken in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

(3) Participating cities from overseas

A total of 21 cities participated.

Cities that made presentations (13 cities, in alphabetical order)
Amsterdam, Bangkok, Beijing, Durban, Jakarta, Los Angeles, Paris, Queensland, Rio de Janeiro, Seoul, Shanghai, Taipei, and Ulaanbaatar

2. Summary of comments made by Governor Koike in her video message

This summer, we hosted the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020. Although the pandemic forced the Games to be held under the unprecedented conditions of a one-year postponement and the decision to hold events without spectators, with your support, we were able to make them a success. I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude. We are linking the legacy of the Tokyo 2020 Games to achieving a sustainable recovery from the pandemic.

To confront the major crises, namely the pandemic and climate emergency, currently faced by the world, cooperation between our cities, which are on the frontlines, is becoming even more significant.

In August, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government welcomed participants representing five continents, including the mayors of major cities such as Paris, to the Sustainable Recovery Tokyo Forum or Re StaRT. At the forum, we confirmed that recovery from the pandemic is an opportunity to realize a sustainable recovery. Seeking to build resilient and sustainable societies, brimming with diversity and inclusion, while responding flexibly to changes the coronavirus crisis has brought to society and the perception of values, the forum concluded with the adoption of the Tokyo Declaration on Sustainable Recovery.

Tokyo now plans to launch a new international network for cities to share knowledge and initiatives for achieving a sustainable recovery. Your support for the principles outlined in the Tokyo Declaration would be greatly appreciated.

I sincerely hope today’s discussions will be fruitful and lead to strengthening cooperation between cities for a sustainable recovery.

The governor delivering her message

A group photo of the participants

*This press release is also available in other languages. (日本語/中文/한국어)


Project Section, International Affairs Division
Office of the Governor for Policy Planning
Tokyo Metropolitan Government
Phone: 03-5388-2238


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