Statement by Mr. Nobutaka Machimura, Minister for Foreign Affairs, on the Decision of the Government of Russia to Ratify the Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

September 30, 2004
Japanese

Mr. Nobutaka Machimura, Minister for Foreign Affairs, issued today the following statement on the Government of Russia's decision to ratify the Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

  1. The Government of Japan welcomes the decision made by the Government of Russia on September 30 to ratify the Kyoto Protocol and sending of the ratification bill to the State Duma of the Federal Assembly.

  2. As the chair of the Third Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 3) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, held in Kyoto in 1997, Japan contributed to the formulation of the Protocol, and has actively participated in the negotiations on the details of the implementation of the Protocol, thus facilitating agreement on the prevention of global warming. The Government of Japan has been requesting the Russian Government, including on the occasion of Prime Minister Koizumi's meeting with President Putin, to ratify the Protocol promptly. Japan continues to aim at the early entry into force of the Protocol and hopes that the Russian Assembly will ratify the Protocol in a timely manner.

  3. To ensure the effectiveness of actions against global warming, it is vital that all countries should strive for the reduction of greenhouse gases. The Government of Japan will cooperate with other countries to establish a set of common rules, in which all countries including the United States and developing countries will participate.
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