Global Environment

Statement by Kouichi Yamamoto, Minister of the Environment, regarding the US announcement of its withdrawal from the Paris Agreement

June 2, 2017
Kouichi Yamamoto
Minister of the Environment

The Paris Agreement, turning point to decarbonized society, is a historical achievement. Climate change requires a concerted effort by the whole of the international community. Japan believes the leadership of the developed countries to be of great importance, and the steady implementation of the Paris Agreement is critical in this regard.

In the occasion of the G7 Taormina Summit where heads of the states discussed a broad range of issues that includes the Paris agreement, Prime Minister Abe explained the importance of the continuous engagement of the United States in this particular global issue. As Japan was hoping to work with the United States within the framework of the Paris Agreement, the recent announcement by the US administration on its withdrawal from the Paris Agreement is deeply disappointing.

Nevertheless, the world has already been moving forward to decarbonized society, and I believe that this major trend is irreversible. The Ministry of the Environment Japan, having a firm determination to lead the international society, undertakes to tackle climate change in order to achieve 26% emission reduction by 2030 and furthermore 80% reduction in 2050.

The statement issued by the Government of Japan regarding the US announcement of its withdrawal from the Paris Agreement is available from the link below;
"Japan's statement regarding the US announcement of its withdrawal from the Paris Agreement (Japan's firm commitment in implementing the Paris Agreement)"

http://www.mofa.go.jp/press/release/press4e_001610.html

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