The Cosmos International Prize, which recognizes outstanding research activities on the theme of coexistence between nature and humans, celebrated its 30th anniversary, and a commemorative symposium was held in Tokyo with Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress in attendance.

The Cosmos International Prize was established by the Association to commemorate the Flower and Green Exposition held in Osaka in Heisei 2, and is awarded to researchers who have made outstanding achievements in research on the theme of coexistence between nature and humans.

On the occasion of the 30th anniversary, Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress of Japan attended the symposium held at the United Nations University in Shibuya, Tokyo.

In his speech, His Majesty the Emperor said, "In recent years, international issues such as climate change and biodiversity loss caused by global warming have become increasingly serious. At a time like this, we must strive to overcome many global challenges based on a broader perspective."

After this, Dr. Christine Schrader = Frechette, professor emeritus at the University of Notre Dame in the United States, who was selected as the recipient of the prize for advocating the importance of the concept of the burden of environmental pollution and the fair distribution of risks, sent a video message, which Their Majesties listened to.