United NationsDepartment of Economic and Social Affairs Sustainable Development


Japan?s statement on Thematic Discussion on Enhancing means of Implementation
through sub-regional, regional and international cooperation, CSD 14 May 5
By Naohisa OKUDA, Senior Policy Coordinator, Ministry of the Environment, Japan
I would like to echo the panelists that the long-term reliable frameworks are crucial to
attain the sustainable development. And we n eed not only the frameworks for
national -level, but also local-community level, regional-level and international level.
Let me briefly touch on Japan?s efforts on international cooperation.
In order to attain sustainable development, environmentally-sound energy supply and
use are indispensable. I believe that the experience and the t echnology that have
emerged in Japan in these exact areas through its efforts to integrate economic growth
and environmental protection constitute a significant contribution towards solving
issues that other countries, especially developing countries, now face.
To tackle with climate change, international join t research is now underway by the
International Energy Agency and the World Bank based on G8 dialogues. Japan has
been providing support for those activities, including financial resources.
In addition, a public and private partnership has been launched as the Asia-Pacific
Partnership Network on Clean Development and Climate, a framework to enhance
public -private technological cooperation within and among its six member countries,
and here too Japan is participating in a proactive fashion.
The Government of Japan has been promoting initiatives for international cooperation,
including the Kyoto Initiative, announced in 1997 at COP3, which facilitates the
development and implementation of climate change countermeasures primarily
through official development assistance, and the Environmental Conservation Initiative
for Sustainable Development, stipulated in 2002, which promotes assistance for
international environmental cooperation. By 2004, 13,000 people had already been
trained and 1.09 trillion in yen -based loans had been provided under the Kyoto
Initiative. Japan will continuously work to ensure environmental sustainability and to
further contribute to the achievement of the UN MDGs by supporting developing
countries in disseminating energy conservation -related and environmental technologies
as well as climate change adaptive measures.
Let me briefly touch on the area of transboundary air pollution in East Asia. In the
course of its rapid economic growth, this region has come to experience severe air
pollution. To tackle this, Japan supports regional international cooperation for acid rain
countermeasures by taking on a major role in the Acid Deposition Monitoring Network
in East Asia, with other 13 member countries of the region .
Last but not least, we believe good governance is essential for the sustainable
development. For better targeting ODA and investments, we adopted ECO -ISD which
gives us guideline to enhance recipient-countries? environment management
Thank you.