In Focus

Photo Report (June, 2014)

Expert Conference on Development of Island's Sustainable Societies (June 30th, 2014)

Thirty-four experts from 10 nations were convened to discuss common challenges of island states and specific measures to address them. MOE gained the support of many participants on the proposition to establish a new network of researchers on island states.

  • Minister Mr. Ishihara's opening remarks at the conference

  • A scene of the conference

  • Minister Mr. Ishihara exchanges opinions on Keramashoto National Park (Kerama Islands National Park) with the village mayors of Tokashiki and Zamami.

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The high-level segment of the inaugural United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) (June 26th - 27th, 2014)

Mr. Tomokatsu Kitagawa, Parliamentary Senior Vice-Minister of the Environment of Japan, participated in the high-level segment of the first UNEA, which discussed the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and post-2015 development agenda. Mr. Kitagawa also held bilateral meetings with other high level participants attending the Assembly.

  • Parliamentary Senior Vice-Minister Mr. Kitagawa speaking at the high-level segment of UNEA

  • Bilateral meeting with Mr. Achim Steiner, Executive Director of UNEP

  • Bilateral meeting with Ms. Oyun Sanjaasuren, Mongolia's Minister of Environment and Green Development

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Meeting and signing of the Letter of Intent on Cooperation for Environment with President of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) (June 25th, 2014)

In order to strengthen cooperative relations in the environmental field, Minister Mr. Ishihara of the Environment of Japan held a talk with President Mr. Takehiko Nakao of ADB and signed a letter of intent on cooperation for environment.

  • The meeting prior to the signing.

  • MOE Minister Mr. Ishihara and ADB President Mr. Nakao signing the letter of intent

  • MOE Minister Mr. Ishihara and ADB President Mr. Nakao shaking hands after the signing

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Public Symposium "Global Forum on Environment" (June 19th, 2014)

Ministry of the Environment of Japan and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) co-organized the "Global Forum on Environment." Taking stock of recent implementations of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) in OECD and partner countries, the symposium aimed to facilitate discussions on the better use and design of EPR.

  • Opening remarks for the symposium by Ms. Ukishima, Parliamentary Vice-Minister of the Environment, Japan

  • Keynote speech by Mr. Simon Upton, Director of Environment Directorate, OECD

  • Panel discussion at the symposium

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Parliamentary Senior-Vice Minister of the Environment Mr. Kitagawa attended the high-level ministerial dialogue on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP). (June 5th-6th, 2014)

Parliamentary Senior-Vice Minister of the Environment Mr. Kitagawa attended the high-level ministerial dialogue on the ADP and discussed issues relevant to the post-2020 international framework on climate change with high-level government representatives.

  • Statement on behalf of the Japanese government at the dialogue

  • Speech at a side event co-hosted by the Ministry of the Environment of Japan

  • Meeting with Mr. Gabriel Quijandría, Deputy Minister of Strategic Development of Natural Resources of the Peruvian Ministry of the Environment (MINAM)

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