State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. UTO Takashi’s attendance to the Climate and Development Ministerial
On March 31st, Mr. UTO Takashi, State Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, attended the Climate and Development Ministerial, a meeting in virtual format hosted by the United Kingdom.
- In this meeting, State Minister UTO expressed the gratitude to Rt. Hon. Dominic Raab, the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs of U.K., and Rt. Hon. Alok Sharma, the COP26 President designate for organizing the meeting and referred to the necessity for international society to jointly address the urgent issue of climate change.
- State Minister UTO also explained Japan’s assistance to developing countries such as mobilization of climate finance and mainstreaming disaster risk reduction from the perspective of supporting vulnerable countries to climate impacts.
- In response to the remarks by State Minister UTO, COP26 President designate Alok Sharma welcomed the Japanese contribution for developing countries and highlighted the importance of strengthening the continuous support by developed countries as a whole when tackling the climate change ever from now on.
The meeting was hosted by the UK in virtual format with the aim to raise the momentum of climate actions towards COP26. The theme of this meeting was cross-cutting agenda, such as climate, development and recovery from COVID-19, where 37 countries and 17 organizations including G7 countries and developing countries such as South Africa, India and Fiji participated in the meeting. Participants discussed intensively the ways to support vulnerable countries against climate change.
Statement by State Minister UTO at the Climate and Development Ministerial (PDF)