The CGP-SSRC Policy Forums bring together academics, practitioners, policy actors and journalists to work toward the goal of long-term, policy-oriented solutions to issues of global public consequence. Each forum focuses on a single broad theme over a two-year period, which allows for sustained interaction among forum participants as well as a variety of outputs targeted to important moments in the real-world policy debate. Themes are relevant to the current Abe Fellowship Program priority areas of 1) traditional and non-traditional approaches to security and diplomacy, 2) global and regional economic issues, and 3) social and cultural issues. Implicit in any CGP-SSRC Policy Forum is an examination of how the U.S.-Japan relationship and bilateral cooperation can contribute to the goals of the forum
The inaugural CGP-SSRC Policy Forum on the Environment and Climate Change: Energy Saving and the Reduction of Air Pollution and CO2 Emissions within a City-Level Framework opened with a Core Group Meeting in April 2009 at the International House of Japan in Tokyo. This Forum will proceed through 2011.