“While promoting ‘sustainable forest management,’ we need to try to halt deforestation and forest degradation,” PM Fukuda said at the opening session of the GLOBE Brasilia Legislators Forum. “I intend to promote a discussion on forest-related issues with the countries concerned in order to make important progress towards their resolution,” Fukuda added.
The Japanese premier also emphasized the importance of addressing global warming in his speech, calling it “an unrivaled challenge to humanity.” He said Japan could contribute by reducing its own greenhouse gas emissions, by developing ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that are applicable to all countries, and by helping emerging and developing countries address environmental issues. Japan recently launched its “Cool Earth Promotion Program” which seeks to build on the country’s experience as a leader in energy efficiency and includes a new US$10 billion financial mechanism to help developing countries in their mitigation and adaptation efforts.
“The ‘Cool Earth Promotion Program’ reflects my determination as chair of the G8,” PM Fukuda told the legislators gathered in Brasilia. “I will strive to make progress, in cooperation with the other leaders of the G8, towards a solution to the problem of global warming, a solution the world is eagerly awaiting.”
The Brasilia Legislators Forum on February 20-21 is bringing together senior legislators from the G8 countries and from Brazil, China, India, Mexico, and South Africa (the G8+5) to politically test a draft Post 2012 Climate Change Framework that has been developed by the Global Legislators Organization for a Balanced Environment (GLOBE). If agreed, the Framework will be formally presented to G8 leaders ahead of the Japanese G8 Summit in Toyako, Hokkaido, Japan, on July 7-9.
The two-day GLOBE Brasilia Forum organized by GLOBE International is the latest in a series of key global forums on climate change that link directly to the G8 process. It is being hosted by the Brazilian Congress on behalf of GLOBE International and the Alliance of Communicators for Sustainable Development, COM+.