Leaders of Central American and Caribbean Countries Endorsed the“Cool Earth 50” and the “Cool Earth Promotion Programme” Proposed by Japan

May 29, 2008

  1.  On May 29 (Thu) (local time: May 28 (Wed)), a Central America/Caribbean Summit  meeting on climate change was held in San Pedro Sula, Honduras.  The meeting was attended by Presidents and representatives from eight states which belong to the Central American Integration System (SICA) (Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Belize, and the Dominican Republic (associate member country)), representatives of Jamaica and the Republic of Suriname from the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), and President of Mexico as observers.
     
  2. Japan received a special invitation from Honduras, the host country of the summit meeting, and dispatched to the meeting former Ambassador Akio Hosono to El Salvador as Special Assistant to the Foreign Minister.  Ambassador Hosono made a presentation on the“Cool Earth 50” and the “Cool Earth Promotion Programme” proposed by Japan, and asked the participants for support and understanding of these proposals.
     
  3. In the declaration (San Pedro Sula Declaration) adopted at the summit meeting, the participants expressed their endorsement concerning the“Cool Earth 50” and the “Cool Earth Promotion Programme” proposed by Japan, and their determination to actively participate in the process under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in order to establish an effective framework with the participation of all major emitters beyond 2012 in response to Japan’s proposal.
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