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Yokohama SDGs Design Center Developing Business and Building Networks
Yokohama City and its business partner (decided on November 22, 2018) will draw on their respective strengths to share roles in developing the project with the aim of fully establishing the design center. The design center will deepen collaboration not only with Yokohama City and its business partner, but also with diverse agents, including private corporations, universities and research institutions, citizens, and organizations while building its functions to create a “community” where each of the agents will continue growing together. <Yokohama City and Business Partner> Yokohama City and its business partner will collaborate and cooperate based on a division of roles in such areas as studying the functions required for operation of the design center, collaboration between various agents and facilities, implementation of trial initiatives aimed at solving local challenges, construction of an online network, and promotion. <Private Companies and Individual Platforms, etc.> It is expected that utilization of the extensive perceptions, ideas, and knowledge that is unique to private companies and the technological capabilities in specialized themes on diverse platforms will lead the way to solutions for local challenges. <Universities and Research Institutes> In addition to the provision of information on leading edge global trends and research and advice based on expert knowledge, it is expected that universities and research institutes will participate in advanced verification trials in collaboration with citizens, community action groups, and corporations among others. <Facilities> It is expected that the design center will be a place for stakeholders working on design center projects to come together for planning and consideration as well as a place for publicizing and raising awareness about SDGs FutureCity through the development of concrete projects and events at its facilities. <NPOs and Community Action Groups> It is expected that NPOs and community action groups will link initiatives to solve challenges being promoted in diverse communities to the design center in addition to providing locations for verification trials and participating and cooperating in verification. <Investors and Financial Institution> It is expected that investors and financial institutions will provide support for the creation of new business models, including attracting ESG investment, which accounts for approximately \2,500 trillion, one quarter of global investment (as of 2016), and support for environmentally-friendly projects.