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Results of the G8 Environment Ministers Meeting 2008

June 10, 2008

logo The G8 Environment Ministers Meeting 2008 was held from May 24 to 26 in Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture.

What is the G8 Environment Ministers Meeting?

photo Prior to the Group of Eight (G8) Summit, the G8 Environment Ministers Meeting is held with the attendance of ministers of the G8 countries and the European Commissioner responsible for the environment to discuss main environmental issues. It is held on an annual basis and hosted by the country chairing the G8 Summit. As this year's G8 chair, Japan hosted the G8 Environment Ministers Meeting in Kobe from May 24 to 26 as part of the lead-up to the Hokkaido Toyako Summit in July.

In recent years, global environmental issues such as climate change have become major international political issues. In reflection of this, environmental issues are expected to be among the major topics taken up at the Hokkaido Toyako Summit. Consequently, the role played by the G8 Environment Ministers Meeting in Kobe is of particular importance.

Results of the G8 Environment Ministers Meeting 2008

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1. Dates:
May 24 (Sat.) - 26 (Mon.), 2008
2. Venue:
Kobe Portopia Hotel, Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture
3. Participants:
Environment ministers of the G8 countries as well as other major greenhouse gas-emitting nations including China, India and Brazil and representatives of relevant international organizations including United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). (Refer to Attachment 1)
In advance of the ministerial meeting, dialogue with the representatives from the civil society, industries/businesses and labor unions has been held.
4. Results:
Minister Ichiro Kamoshita chaired the discussions at the meeting on the 3 main themes: Climate Change, Biodiversity and the 3Rs. The Chair's Summary has been issued as an outcome of the meeting. Also, an agreement has been reached among the G8 countries on the "Kobe Call for Action for Biodiversity" and the "Kobe 3R Action Plan".
< Attachments >
  1. Head of Delegation List of Participating Countries and Organizations [PDF 12KB]
  2. Chair's Summary [PDF 70KB]
  3. Kobe Call for Action for Biodiversity [PDF 60KB]
  4. Japan's Commitments for the implementation of "Kobe Call for Action for Biodiversity" [PDF 42KB]
  5. Kobe 3R Action Plan [PDF 91KB]
  6. Japan's New Action Plan towards a Global Zero Waste Society (tentative translation) [PDF 58KB]
  7. Keynote Speech by Minister Ichiro Kamoshita in the Session on Climate Change [PDF 26KB]
5. Contact:
Ministry of the Environment
Preparatory Task Force for the G8 Environment Ministers Meeting
E-mail: G8_KOBE@env.go.jp
URL: http://www.env.go.jp/earth/g8/en

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