The Japanese Government’s Input to the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) Outcome Document

October 31, 2011

 1. On October 31 (same date in New York), Japan will submit to the United Nations (UN) Secretariat the Japanese government’s input (proposals) to the outcome document for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), which will be held in Rio de Janeiro, from June 4 to June 6, 2012. 

2. Leaders at the highest level of each country are expected to attend Rio+20, and it is anticipated that agreements will be reached on focused political documents concerning two themes: 1) green economies in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication; and 2) an institutional framework for sustainable development.

3. In the Japanese government’s input, Japan is proposing a transition to a green economy, and it is also making proposals on nine major sectors in which Japan has strong expertise. Additionally, where the institutional framework for sustainable development is concerned, Japan emphasizes that problems we are facing and measures to take should be identified first, before standing on the assumption that a new institution should be established.

4. Along with the inputs submitted by other governments and stakeholders, the Japanese government’s input will form the basis for the zero draft of the Rio+20 outcome document. Negotiations on the outcome document will take place in New York from January 2012.

* The foregoing is a provisional translation. The date indicated above denotes the date of issue of the original press release in Japanese.


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