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Press Release

Outcome of the Ministerial Conference on the 3R Initiative

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

During the conference, participating countries and organizations shared information on 3R-relevant activities carried out by them. Through the discussions at the ministerial level, the conference recognized it necessary to promote;

(a) formulation and implementation of visions and/or strategies leading to a sound material-cycle society;
(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.

  1. Chair's Summary [PDF]
  2. Ministerial Conference on the 3R Initiative website

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