Climate Change

June 18, 2019
(photo1) G20 Climate Sustainability Working Group (CSWG): 3rd Meeting 2019
(photo2) G20 Climate Sustainability Working Group (CSWG): 3rd Meeting 2019
(photo3) G20 Climate Sustainability Working Group (CSWG): 3rd Meeting 2019

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs held the third meeting of the 2019 G20 Climate Sustainability Working Group (CSWG) from June 10 to 12, 2019 at Pacifico Yokohama Conference Center, Yokohama City. G20 and International Organizations' representatives participated in the meeting and engaged in active discussion on various subjects related to climate change.

1. Overview of the Meeting

June 10, 11 and 12, 2019 (Times are listed below.)
Pacifico Yokohama Conference center (1-1-1, Minato Mirai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama 220-0012, Japan)
Representatives of Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States of America, European Union, etc.
Working language:
June 10, 9:00-18:30 JST
  • Opening Session
    • Introductory Remarks by CSWG Chair
      • Mr. Hideo Suzuki, Ambassador, Assistant Minister for Global Issues/Director-General for Global Issues
    • Introductory Remarks by the G20 Troika
      • His Excellency Mr. Alan Claudio BERAUD, Ambassador, Embassy of the Argentine Republic in Japan
      • Mr. Fareed Alasaly, Head of Delegation for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia CSWG & ETWG
    • Initial Presentation by City of Yokohama
      • Mr. Kazumi Kobayashi, Deputy Mayor, City of Yokohama
  • Field Trip
  • Session1: Effective Climate Change Measures in Urban Area and Challenges
    • Ms. Eriko Yakushiji, Director-General, Climate Change Policy Headquarters, City of Yokohama
    • Mr. Nobutaka Isoda, Team Manager, Administration Group, Tsukuba Research Institute, Sumitomo Forestry Co., Ltd.
    • Mr. Tsuyoshi Yamamoto, Special Advisor to the Governor on International Affairs, Tokyo Metropolitan Government, U20 Sherpa, Tokyo Metropolitan Government (2019 U20 Chair)
June 11, 10:00-16:30 JST
  • Session 2: Utilizing Scientific Knowledge in Addressing Climate Change
    • Mr. Naoaki Kamoshida, Director, International Research, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Research Council Secretariat (AFFRCS), Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF)
    • Mr. Naoto Matsuura, Senior Chief Officer of Satellite Applications and the Director of Earth Observation Research Center (EORC), Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)
  • Long Term Strategy Session
  • Discussion: Toward Osaka Summit
June 12, 9:30-11:30 JST
  • Discussion: Toward Osaka Summit
  • Closing Session

2. Background and the summary of the Meeting

  • (1) Japan will host a G20 Summit in June 2019 for the first time (G20 Osaka Summit). Japan, as the chair country, is preparing for the G20 Osaka Summit and Ministerial Meetings. Noting that the Paris Agreement, the post-2020 framework, is about to start, Japan plans summarizing climate-change-related discussion among G20 toward the Summit through CSWG meetings.
  • (2) This is the final meeting of this year’s CSWG. While sharing knowledge and experiences with invited speakers, the G20 representative discussed various issues in each Session. The Opening Session and the Sessions 1 were open for the public and they joined the discussion. In the latter half of the meeting, the G20 representatives deepened their discussions furtherly toward the High-level discussion at the G20 Osaka Summit.
  • (3) The meeting attendees visited Yokohama Landmark Tower, Yokohama Kawai Water Purification Center, Yokohama Tokaichiba-chi Sustainable Residential Area, Yokohama Tsunashima Sustainable Smart Town and Kawasaki “KING SKYFRONT” along attendees’ interest, and learned measures against climate change, such as utilization of renewable energy and hydrogen, environmental friendly town development. The meeting was a good opportunity to show the G20 representatives the advanced climate change measures in urban area in Japan.

[note] G20 Climate Sustainability Working Group (CSWG)
In the G20 framework, the Energy Sustainability Working Group (ESWG) was established in 2013 to cover the all energy-related issues. In 2017, considering that energy policy and climate change issues are closely linked each other, the Climate Sustainability Working Group (CSWG) was newly established under the Sustainability Working Group (SWG). In 2018, under the Argentine presidency, CSWG was separated from ESWG and became one of the Working Groups in the Sherpa process.

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