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Press Release

The 15th Asia-Pacific Seminar on Climate Change Held

September 16, 2005

Ministry of the Environment of Japan, the Australia Greenhouse Office, the New Zealand Climate Change Office, the Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) , Kanagawa Prefecture, Yokohama City and the Overseas Environmental Cooperation Center (OECC) co-organized the 15th Asia-Pacific Seminar on Climate Change and the Asia-Pacific Regional Workshop on Article 6 of the UNFCCC on 11-15 September 2005 in Yokohama, Japan.

The seminar was attended by 84 experts including officials of 14 organizations from 28 countries to have fruitful and stimulating discussions on co-benefits of greenhouse gas mitigation, clean development mechanism (CDM) and adaptation to climate change, which acted as a vehicle for promoting exchange of information and mutual understanding among the countries. Also in the Regional Workshop, participants exchanged views on how to promote Art.6 activities(education, training and public awareness on climate change) in Asia and Pacific region.

On September 10, the Ministry of the Environment, Kanagawa Prefecture, Yokohama City and OECC jointly held a symposium on awareness-raising in the view point of the environment, participated by approximately 200 people. The symposium included a forum in which participants discussed on how people address environmental issues in daily life, and on what should be done now to prevent global warming.


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