Commendation Special Site


For the global environment
For all living things
For the future


Introductory Remarks

Takuya Shimamura, Chairman
The Asahi Glass Foundation

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Introduction of Blue Planet Prize

Hiroyuki Yoshikawa
Presentation Committee Chairman

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Award Winners

Prof. David Tilman (USA)
Dr. Simon Stuart (UK)

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An Address by
His Imperial Highness Crown Prince Akishino

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Congratulatory Remarks

Yoshihide Suga, Prime Minister of Japan
Joseph M. Young, Charge d’Affaires, a.i. (USA)
Paul Madden CMG, British Ambassador to Japan
KOIZUMI Shinjiro, Minister of the Environment, Japan

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Congratulatory Message

Professor Paul R. Ehrlich
Professor Georgina Mace DBE FRS

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Statements from the Winners

Prof. David Tilman (USA)
Dr. Simon Stuart (UK)

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Interviews with the Winners

Prof. David



Prof. David Tilman has demonstrated that plant-based foods are beneficial to human health and the environment while red meats negatively affect both of these, thus has advocated shifts towards diets and agricultural practices that are better for human health and the global environment.

What Prof. Tilman talked in the interview

  • 1.About Biodiversity
  • 2.Humans Impacts on Biodiversity
  • 3.Diet, Health, and Environment Trilemma
  • 4.Agriculture and Dietary Choices
  • 5.Views on Agriculture and Industry
  • 6.A Multi-faceted Perspective
  • 7.Message to Young People


Hikaru Kobayashi

He is an Adviser of the Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, the University of Tokyo. He graduated from the Faculty of Economics at Keio University in 1973, received his MS and PhD degrees from the University of Tokyo, in 2010 and 2013, respectively. He also studied at Institut d’urbanisme de Paris, of the University of Paris 12 (1979-1981). He joined the Environment Agency (now the Ministry of the Environment) in 1973, where he served as Director General of the Global Environment Bureau and Administrative Vice-Minister of the Ministry. After leaving office in January 2011, he taught at Keio University Shonan Fujisawa Campus (2011-2019) and in a college in the US (2017) under the Fulbright Program. He has held a visiting professor appointment at a graduate school of the University of Tokyo since 2016. He has been committed to eco-economy and eco-urban development and is also known for his own eco-house. He wrote and edited, among others, Kankyo de koso mokeru (Green growth and innovation: creating shared value) and Chikyu to tsunagaru kurashi no dezain (Designing a way of life connected to the Earth).

Dr. Simon



Dr. Simon Stuart has led the development of the categories and quantitative criteria for the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species and contributed significantly to the expansion of the number of species assessed as well as to global amphibian conservation efforts.

What Dr. Stuart talked in the Interview

  • 1.Importance of the IUCN Red List
  • 2.Challenges in Developing new Categories & Criteria
  • 3.IUCN Red List Today
  • 4.About the Green Status of Species
  • 5.Global Amphibian Assessment Findings
  • 6.Synchronicity Earth and Future Plans
  • 7.Message to Young People


Tsunao Watanabe

He has been the Chair of the Japan Committee for the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN-J) since 2016. After graduating from the Faculty of Agriculture at the University of Tokyo in 1978, he joined the Environment Agency (now the Ministry of the Environment), where he engaged in protection and management of national parks and wildlife nationwide, including the preparation of the Red List, efforts for conservation and recovery of endangered species, the nature restoration project in Kushiro-Shitsugen Wetland, and the initiative for the designation of Shiretoko as a World Heritage site. He also played a crucial role in successfully holding the 10th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP 10), and the creation of the Sanriku Fukko (reconstruction) National Park. After retiring from the Ministry in 2012, he has been working for the Japan Wildlife Research Center and other organizations.