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Multifaceted Dimensions of EcoDrive in Promoting Sustainabilty

EcoDrive International Conference at the United Nations
Event Outline:
Organized by: WAFUNIF
Co-Organizer: ASUA authorized by WAFUNIF
Special supporter: Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations
Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers (AAM)
European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA)
Japan Automobile Manufacturers Associations, Inc. (JAMA)
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan
Ministry of the Environment Government of Japan
OPENING Session:
H.E. Mr. Hiroshi Minami, Ambassador, Deputy Permanent Representative of Japan to the UN
Hiroshi Maji, United Nations Conference sponsor, President, ASUA Corporation
Masaaki Kobayashi, Vice-Minister of the Environment, Ministry of the Environment Government of Japan
Franks Owarish, PhD, International Institute for Strategic Research and Training, Program Coordinator of the Conference,
Yasuhiro Daisho, Professor, School of Creative Science and Engineering, Waseda University
Donald K. Hsu, PhD, CEO, Chinese American Scholars Association
Dated: Tuesday 29th November 2016 Conference Room 6, United Nations Headquarters, New York, United States

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Ibne Hassan, PhD, President, World Association of Former United Nations Inernes and Fellows (WAFUNIF)
Chris Nevers, AAM | Noboru Oba, JAMA
Ryuta Magsunaga, Tokya Metropolitan Government
Allison James, Director of Education and Environmental Policy, New York City
Edward McNamee, Managing Director, The McNamee Group at Morgan Stanley
Dr. Carliste L. St. Martin, Director of Telemedicine, Emergency Medical Care Consultant of American Clinic (Tokyo)
Tomomasa Nohara, President, Okinawa Toyota Motor Co., Ltd.
Walter Szykitka, Whole Earth Redesign Project


[Lightmillennium.Org, New York - December 2016] It requires the entire world to immediately act based on the latest science shown in intergovernmental panel (IPCC) in regards to climate change in order to fund a solution for global warming, a crisis to this planet and mankind.

In 1992, “United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (hereinafter referred to as ‘United Nations Framework Convention’)* was officially adopted at the UN and it was agreed for the entire world to take global warming countermeasure Under this Convention.  Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP) has been held every year since 1995.  In COP3 hosted in Kyoto in 1997.  Japan took charge of succeeding to reach an agreement on ‘Kyoto Protocol’ which clearly specifies reduction target (During 5 years from 2008 till 2012. 6% reduction in Japan.  7% reduction in the US. 8% reduction in EU etc. compared with the value in 1990.) binding on advanced nations.  This was a big step for the entire world for greenhouse gas emission reduction.

Furthermore, ‘Paris Agreement’, a new international framework after 2020, was adopted in COP21 hosted in Paris, France in 2015.

Paris Agreement states universal long term goals including goal setting b y 2°C, each country’ s submission and revision of reduction goal every 5 years, each country’ s adoption plan process and implementation of the action, funding from developing countries independently as well as continuous funding from developed countries, receiving reports and reviews of each country’ s status of implementation in common and flexible ways, and practical use of market mechanism etc.

Now, ‘Paris Agreement’, a new rule for this global warming countermeasure, came into effect on November 4, 2016 within less than a year from its adoption.  Its exceptional speed shows that the world practically started moving toward decarbonizing society aiming to ‘sustainable zero’ greenhouse effort gas emission.

Source: Programme of the Conference
Reference available at website of Ministry of the Environment of Japan [Accessed 25 October 2016]
[Ministry of the Environment. Global Environment/International Environmental cooperation, Global Warming Countermeasure, Japanese site at

EcoDrive Key Figures

CODRIVE | What is EcoDrive?

EcoDrive is a mindset.
EcoDrive is a skill set.
EcoDrive is a motorist re-training method that helps drivers from all countries and cultures to improve their habits and behaviors to make the a driving experience more pleasurable while saving energy, minimizing pollutants, and reducing the number of traffic accidents.

EcoDrive is enlighten for global driving, with 21st century style.

EcoDrive is more than a simple process that reduces automotive operating costs, gas consumption, and pollution. It’s more than an easy technique that helps improve the driving experience by making it more comfortable for the driver and safer for all.

In its broadest definition. EcoDrive is a set of tools that drivers can use to improve the way they interact with one another in many situations – both in-and-out of a vehicle.  The method reminds us that consideration is a valuable human quality that we should nurture while teaching mindfulness, a key skill for anyone who drives an automobile.

Encouraging Focus and Full Engagement

We are fathers. We are mothers. We are students. Each day, we complete diligent work along with accomplishing personal tasks and important responsibilities at home.

Regardless of our profession, most of us work many hours these days. Even when we stop our professional task for the day, assignments still come at us through emails, mobile phones and wireless Internet.  We are connected all the time which makes it difficult to do anything other than multitask.

This state of ‘constant motion for all’ came to us quite recently.  It was jut a generation ago that we spent numerous amounts of time to complete tasks. In contract: “these days, we quickly process appropriate facts to finish the task at hand and then quickly move to the next thing on the list.  It’s startling to realize that we used to take a lifetime to learn information that we now can find those information, with a just a few keystrokes.  Moving as quickly as we do these days has many advantages but one of a major disadvantage is skipping the process of mastering tasks: of learning, replicating, and then, originating.
Namely, most of us no longer fully participate in the world around us.
The modern world does not encourage to fully engage with the process; rather we ‘get by’ with skimming the surface.  We live in a disposable world with instant food and plastic products that aren’t built to last.  Our interaction with one another is also the same.  When we move too quickly (which is often) we don’t have time to understand how our actions that affect others.  We also tend to forget we are all connected human beings with the same basic qualities, needs, and desires.  


Instituting Positive Change through EcoDrive

The EcoDrive technique reduces mental tension and fatigue, which encourages peace of mind.  It helps the practitioner become fully aware and fully engaged in the present moment.

More importantly, the skills practiced through EcoDrive reverberate in other areas of our daily lives.  The calming concentration technique that is primarily practiced at the wheel spills into our relationships in the world around us. EcoDrive’s skill makes us better at handling the unexpected twists and turns on the road and in our lives.
It reminds us to slow down, take  a deep breath, and then focus on the task.
In short, EcoDrive helps us practice grace – and that, more than anything, helps us navigate our modern world with practiced ease.

Source: Printed Conference’s Programme
Reference available at website of Ministry of the Environment of Japan [Accessed 25 October 2016]
[Ministry of the Environment. Global Environment/International Environmental cooperation, Global Warming Countermeasure, Japanese site at

EcoDrive in Promoting Sustainability Guiding Visions

Source: Programme of the Conference
Reference available at website of Ministry of the Environment of Japan [Accessed 25 October 2016]
[Ministry of the Environment. Global Environment/International Environmental cooperation, Global Warming Countermeasure, Japanese site at

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The Light Millennium attended to this conference with two NGO Representatives (Bircan Ünver and Mujgan Hedges) to the United Nations Department of Public Information (UN.DPI).

As the [Head] NGO Representative to the United Nations Department of Information, we would like to THANK to the organizers, esteem panelists and sponsors for the shared valuable and critic information, current reports and visions towards solution.

Further, based on the conference's overarching impact, we would like to share the following questions or ideas in two groups, which are potentially might be considered to incorporate in relevant future conferences:

1. What might be the avenues to all auto manufacturers in the world, who also could closely work with the municipalities-local government officials towards re-designing metropolitan cities and/or expanding city roads/parking lots etc.?
In the same line, what can be a comprehensive and collaborative efforts towards holistic solution, when there is no affordable parking lots for both dense residential and commercial areas, in particular, for young families with small children in the world's metropolitan cities?
Based on the provided figures that 16-18 million new cars are joining into the daily life and environment on an annual base in the world. On this ground and big picture, since EcoDrive cannot be a sole solution towards all thins considered, and regardless how well is efficient, affordable and/or Eco friendly, still what might be a holistic and comprehensive solutions in this context, in particular, with ever escalating population in the metropolitan cities?

2. Another point is from employment-workers-human development perspective that no one has mentioned the following concern during the conference as far as I am aware of it which is: about Robot technologies and usage of Artificial Intelligence, which has/have been speedily and extensively growing industry in the world. In this context, what are/will auto industries' policies on this reality on the national-regional and global level in terms of usage Robots/AI, versus man/human power/labor force and/or replacin them with robots?
Then, how that potential can be used in a well-balanced structure that eventually won't leave out workers jobless within-and-all relevant industries and services?
In other words, if the robots mainly will replace the human-based labor in the industry and in all-relevant-by-product services within next decade, or so, then how people could sustain their own life and being able to buy car and any related service and products and sustain those as well?
Thank You.
– Bircan Ünver, Founder-President and Head
NGO Representative to the United Nations Department of Public Information
The Light Millennium - a Global Public Benefit Organization
NGO Associated with the United Nations Department of Public Information (since 2005)

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