Climate Change

October 25, 2019
(photo1) 1st Meeting of G20 Climate Sustainability Working Group Adaptation Work Program
(photo2) 1st Meeting of G20 Climate Sustainability Working Group Adaptation Work Program
(photo3) 1st Meeting of G20 Climate Sustainability Working Group Adaptation Work Program

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs held the first meeting of the G20 Climate Sustainability Working Group Adaptation Work Program from October 10 to 11, 2019 in Yokohama City. More than 50 including G20 and International Organizations' representatives participated in the meeting and engaged in active discussion on the contribution of the business sectors in the field of climate adaptation.

The second meeting will be held in November, 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand.

1. Overview of the Meeting

October 10 and 11, 2019 (Times are listed below.)
Rooms 501 & 502, Conference Center of the Pacifico Yokohama (1-1-1 Minato Mirai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama-city, Kanagawa, Japan)
Representatives of Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, European Union, OECD, World Bank etc. (more than 50 in total)
Working language:
1st Day: Thursday October 10, 9:30 - 17:00 JST
Opening Session
Welcoming Remarks by Japanese Presidency
 Mr. NAKATANI Shinichi, Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, Japan
Session 1: Adaptation as an effort to address business management risk
Session 2: Agriculture, fishery, and forestry sectors
Session 3: Housing and public hygiene sectors
2nd Day: Friday 11 October, 9:00 - 11:45 JST
Session 4: Increasing Resilience against Climate Change

2. Background and the summary of the Meeting

  • (1) This meeting was held under G20 Climate Sustainability Working Group Adaptation Work Program (2018-2019) (PDF)Open a New Window, which was compiled under the Argentina Presidency in 2018, based on the Hamburg Action Plan adopted at the 2017 G20 Hamburg Summit. It summarizes short studies and events conducted by G20 countries to share countries’ experiences and to promote enhanced efforts for adaptation and resilience-building at home and in cooperation with partner countries.
  • (2) At the G20 Osaka Summit held in last June, G20 countries shared the importance of realizing “virtuous cycle of environment and growth” through disruptive innovation to address global issues such as climate change. Standing on this concept, the invited private establishments and other representatives shared their knowledge and experience on recent trends in the business world, the latest technology, and future business possibilities. The G20 representatives discussed in light of contribution by business sector in the field of climate adaptation based on their inputs.
  • (3) Each session was held privately. Japan appealed Japan’s contribution in the field of adaptation to the G20 representatives through introducing the advanced efforts and technologies of Japanese companies.
[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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