Statement by the Press Secretary/Director-General for Press and Public Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on the Passage of the Bill to Ratify the Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in the Russian Federation Council

October 27, 2004

  1. Japan welcomes the passage of the Bill to Ratify the Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in the Russian Federation Council (the Upper House) on October 27 (Wed).

  2. Japan has been approaching Russia on this issue on many occasions at various levels, including Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's request to President Vladimir Putin to ratify the Protocol without delay. Japan aims at the early entry into force of the Kyoto Protocol, which will be an important first step to fight against global warming, and hopes that Russia will complete the ratification process of the Protocol in a timely manner.

(note) Ratification process in Russia

(1) The Russian Government decided to ratify the Kyoto Protocol on 30 September. The ratification bill was sent to the State Duma on 7 October, and was approved on 22 October.

(2) The ratification bill was then sent to the Council of Federation on 27 October, and was approved on the same day.

(3) According to the Russian constitution, the bill will be sent to the President for his signature and promulgation within 14 days after the Council's approval.

(4) The instrument of ratification will be deposited to the United Nation Secretary General. The Kyoto Protocol will enter into force 90 days after the depository.
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