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Submission of the "Initiatives of the Ministry of the Environment of Japan" to the United Nations Secretariat

June 21, 2012

1. At the United Nations Conference for Sustainable Development (UNCSD: Rio+20) taking place from 20 June, the "Initiatives of the Ministry of the Environment of Japan" have been submitted to the United Nations Secretariat on 20 June local time, and officially posted on the Rio+20 website as a Rio+20 initiative.

2. The "Initiatives of the Ministry of the Environment of Japan" are a set of voluntary actions to realize "The Future We Want", the internationally agreed outcome document at Rio, at national and international levels. We aims to create a low carbon society, which will cut greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050, a sound material-cycle society based on 3Rs and a society in harmony with nature based on biodiversity. As a driving force, we proactively promote greening the economy.

3. The "Initiatives of the Ministry of the Environment of Japan" are a part of the desired efforts which supports the Rio+20 outcome document. It will be compiled along with initiatives of other stakeholders by the Secretary General of the United Nations and posted on the below website. As of 20 June, 19 June, 6:00pm local time in Rio de Janeiro, 485 initiatives have been submitted, and the "Initiatives of the Ministry of the Environment of Japan" is the 439th submitted.

Rio+20 official website:
http://www.uncsd2012.org/index.php?page=view&type=1006&menu=153&nr=439

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