November 10, 2023
The 27th session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP27), took place in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, from November 6th to November 20th. Japan played a significant role in these climate negotiations, with Minister of the Environment NISHIMURA Akihiro and various government officials participating. Japan's delegation at COP27 was diverse, with representatives from several government ministries and agencies. One of the key outcomes was the Sharm el-Sheikh Implementation Plan. This decision called on Parties to strengthen their actions in every facet of climate change countermeasures. The setup, functions, and duties of the secretariat and advisory board for the "Santiago Network" were established to ensure the network becomes fully functional as part of another significant outcome known as the Mitigation Work Programme.
Looking ahead, COP28, set to be held in Dubai on November 30 this year, offers a new opportunity for Japan to showcase its commitment to global climate action. Firstly, we could anticipate enhanced emission reduction commitments where Japan will likely announce updated emission reduction targets that align with the nation's goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050.
Secondly, as a technology leader, Japan is expected to continue showcasing its innovations in clean energy, including renewable energy sources, energy efficiency, and carbon capture technologies. Thirdly, Japan will likely reaffirm its financial commitments to climate finance mechanisms, supporting developing countries in their climate adaptation and mitigation efforts. Lastly, Japan's history of hosting major climate conferences and facilitating negotiations makes it well-suited to play a diplomatic role in Dubai.
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