Establishment of “Climate Diplomacy Task Force”
1. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs established “Climate Diplomacy Task Force”, in order to strengthen cross-sectoral approach within the ministry and to promote climate change diplomacy more actively and effectively.
2. The Paris Agreement (PDF) adopted at COP21 in 2015 as an international framework for the reduction of greenhouse gases after 2020 entered into force in less than one year in November 2016. International momentum towards the implementation of the Paris Agreement is rapidly growing, as an adoption of the implementation guidelines of the Paris Agreement at COP 24 in December 2018. The japanese government needs to fully understand such rapidly changing global the trends and establish an effective foreign policy in the field of climate change. For all these reasons mentioned above, it is of critical importance for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to follow the latest trend in each country, geographical region and topical area and to reflect them into foreign policy through establishing a cross-sectoral system within the Ministry.
3. This task force will share information relevant to climate change issues, discuss cross-sectorially inside the Ministry, and formulate appropriate measures in addressing climate change.
4. The first meeting of the task force is scheduled to be held in May at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.