Climate Change Negotiations
Climate change is an issue that requires immediate actions by international community. Based on the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), adopted in 1992, the Conference of Parties (COP) has been a pivot for active discussions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at the global level every year since 1995. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has actively participated in the negotiations on climate change in coordination with other government offices such as the Ministry of the Environment and the Ministry of Economic, Trade and Industries in an attempt to maximize its national interest in this important area.
The Paris Agreement was adopted at COP21 in Paris, France in December 2015 as a new international framework for greenhouse gas reductions in the post-2020 period. This agreement is fair and applicable to all Parties, which is what Japan had advocated since the adoption of Kyoto-Protocol. Japan will work with other countries to develop guidelines for the Paris Agreement to realize effective greenhouse gas reductions by all Parties.
This Page introduces the international frameworks for climate change and Japan’s initiative in this area.
Climate change is inextricably intertwined with energy issues. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs actively promotes energy diplomacy, especially renewable energy diplomacy, taking into account the current trends of international discussions on energy.