Press Release

February 18, 2022
  • Global Environment

"Zero Carbon City International Forum" to be held

The Ministry of the Environment, Japan (MOEJ), in collaboration with the Office of Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, United States of America, will hold the "Zero Carbon City International Forum" online on March 9 (Wed.) and 10 (Thu.), 2022.

With the aim of accelerating the decarbonization efforts of subnational worldwide, this forum invites various cities, regions and related organizations from Japan and abroad to share leading subnational climate policies and actions, to encourage city to city collaborations and to discuss how multi-level governance can facilitate local and national climate actions.

Overview of the Forum (As of February 18)

  • Date: March 9 - 10, 2022

    1st day; 10:00-12:10(JST), 20:00-22:10(EST)

    2nd day; 21:00-23:15(JST), 7:00-9:15(EST)

  • Organizers:

    Ministry of the Environment, Japan

    Office of Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, United States of America

  • Collaborators:

    ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability

    Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)

  • Format: On-line

  • Language: English

    (English-Japanese Simultaneous interpretation will be prepared)

  • Program

Day 1

10:00-12:10, March 9 (JST)

20:00-22:10, March 8 (EST)

  • Opening Remarks

    - YAMAGUCHI Tsuyoshi, Minister of the Environment, Japan

    - Representative from US

  • Framing Session; Role of Subnational Government

  • Session 1: Net Zero Transition: how cities are moving towards zero carbon

  • Session 2: Working Together for Zero Carbon Society - national-subnational and city-to-city cooperation / Zero Carbon Roadmap and Multilevel Cooperation

  • Closing Remarks

Day 2

21:00-23:15, March 10 (JST)

7:00-9:15, March 10 (EST)

  • Opening Remarks

  • Parallel Session 1: City to City Collaboration: accelerating Decarbonization domino

  • Parallel Session 2: Zero Carbon Challenges: trends and initiatives to promote transition in key areas

  • Parallel Session 3: Pursing a Resilient Cities

  • Parallel Session 4: Zero Carbon Urban Development

  • Closing Plenary

  • Closing Remarks


Please look at the following web page for the detailed concept and program.

The program will be updated as needed.

Attendees are subject to change at short notice.

For Japanese