"The Fourth Informal Meeting on Further Actions against Climate Change"

October 14, 2005

  1. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will hold the "Fourth Informal Meeting on Further Actions against Climate Change" in Tokyo (Mita House) from October 20 (Thu) to 21 (Fri).
  2. The Informal Meeting will be co-chaired by Mr. Mutsuyoshi Nishimura, Ambassador for Global Environment, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, and Mr. Luiz Alberto Figueiredo Machado, Director General, Department of Environment and Special Affairs, Ministry of External Relations of Brazil. Senior officials of 20 countries including Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Iran, Republic of Korea, Mexico, Nigeria, Russia and the EC will attend the Meeting. Among them are Mr. Harlan L. Watson, Senior Climate Change Negotiator and Special Representative, Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, Department of State, U.S.A.; Ms. Norine Smith, Assistant Deputy Minister, Global Climate Affairs, Environment Canada, Canada; Mr. Su Wei, Deputy Director-General, Department of Treaty and Law, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, China; and Mr. Shailendra Kumar Joshi, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Forests, India.
  3. Following the entry into force of the Kyoto Protocol in February this year, the discussion over the commitments beyond 2012 is expected to be initiated in the first meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (COP/MOP1) in the end of this year. International momentum is mounting toward the concrete discussion on this issue. It is amid such an atmosphere that this Meeting will take place among government officials of major industrialized and developing countries to exchange frank opinions concerning future actions on climate change, with a view to building a set of common rules in which all countries participate and build confidence among themselves.
  4. The upcoming Informal Meeting, to which the Government of Canada has provided partial contribution in funding, will be the fourth of its kind, and it has been gaining a certain international reputation. The countries participating in this Informal Meeting are responsible for approximately 70% of the total global greenhouse gas emissions (originating from use of energy sources).

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