April 30, 2005
The Ministerial Conference on the 3R Initiative on April 28-30, 2005 in Tokyo was held with the participation of twenty countries and four international organizations. The Conference was chaired by Ms. Yuriko KOIKE, Minister of the Environment.
[ Countries ]G8 (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russian Federation, United Kingdom, United States and European Commission) and other invited countries (Brazil, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Singapore, South Africa, Thailand and Viet Nam)
[ International organizations ]UNEP, OECD, Secretariat of the Basel Convention and Arab League
(b) reduction of barriers to the international flow of goods and materials;
(c) cooperation between developed and developing countries;
(d) cooperation among stakeholders; and
(e) science and technology suitable for the 3Rs.
It was also agreed that the outcome of the conference should be fed into the G8 Summit meeting at Gleneagles in the UK in July 2005, and shared with the international community through various fora.
The conference welcomed a proposal by Japan to organize a meeting at the senior official level as a follow-up to the Ministerial Conference on the 3R Initiative.