Hirotaka Koike

Policy Researcher, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, Japan

Hirotaka Koike is a policy researcher of the city taskforce at the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies. He is leading the work on voluntary local reviews to assist local governments to engage more institutionally in the VNR processes. With intensive engagements in UN policy processes, social conflict analysis in Damascus, and communities' responses to disasters, he has developed his knowledge around sustainable urban development, community engagement, global governance on sustainable development, and disaster risk reduction. His advocacy was centered around sustainable, integrated territorial development, inequality, and its socio-environmental implication, and an UN-wide institutional framework on technology and accountability. Prior to the current position, he was at the UN Major Group for Children and Youth, an official UN youth constituency, as the organizing partner from 2017 to 2018, Global Focal Point for Habitat III from 2015 to 2017, and liaison director of Japan secretariat for the Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction from 2014 to 2015. He received an LL.B. from Kobe University and an M.Sc. from Lund University.


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