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Environment Minister says “Participation of all countries in COP21 talks” important

  • 2015-11-30 15:00:00
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(Nikkei: November 29, 2015 – p. 3)

 

 In the run-up to the opening of the 21st Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21), Environment Minister Tamayo Marukawa granted an interview to Nikkei.

 

 Question: What do you plan to assert at the COP21?

 

 Marukawa: It is most important for all countries to join the international framework. Reflecting on the Kyoto Protocol, we learned that a framework without the participation of the world’s major greenhouse gases emitters is not practical. I want to call for the creation of an international system for reviewing whether targets have been reached without their having any legal binding power.

 

 Q: How will Japan make its presence felt?

 

 Marukawa: Japan is an island country often beset by natural disasters. Japan has been affected by global warming. As Japan can understand the positions of developed and developing countries, we will serve as a bridge between the two sides. I want to emphasize that Japan can provide not only financial assistance but also technology and know-how for preventing global warming.

 

 There are developing countries that must use coal-fired thermal power generation to reduce production costs. Japan will be able to contribute to cutting global greenhouse gas emissions by transferring its advanced technology to such countries.

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