Climate Diplomacy (Endorsement of Under2 Coalition)
(Statement by Foreign Minister Taro Kono)
September 12, 2018
1. On September 12, the Government of Japan decided to endorse the goals of the “Under2 Coalition”, a global community of sub-national governments publicly committed to address climate change.
2. The Government of Japan, as a state party to Paris Agreement, welcomes the recent activities of the Under2 Coalition. The Government also hopes that non-state actors, including municipalities joining Under 2 Coalition, take climate action more actively and will contribute to the creation of higher momentum of the international society in addressing climate change.
3. As stipulated in the Paris Agreement, the involvement of various non-state actors such as the private sector, local governments and civil society are essential. The Government of Japan will further enhance its cooperation with non-state actors in steadily implementing the Paris Agreement and promote climate diplomacy.
[References] Under2 Coalition
The Under2 Coalition is a group consisting more than 200 state and regional governments committed to make effort to achieve “2℃ target” of the Paris Agreement (a long-term goal of keeping the increase in global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels). This community was formed in Sacramento, California, U.S. in 2015.