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G8 ministers stress int'l cooperation on environment
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14:10, July 04, 2008

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The G8 environment ministers meeting, which concluded here Monday, highlighted cooperation between developed and developing nations.

In a chair's summary issued toward the end of the conference, Japanese Environment Minister Ichiro Kamoshita stressed the need for technology innovation, development and deployment as well as financial support for technology transfer to promote mitigation actions in developing countries, saying a co-benefits approach can be effective means to this end.

And it is important for developed countries to assist developing countries in building sufficient capacity to use the tools to identify projects generating significant co-benefits, especially in areas of pollution abatement, forest conservation and the 3Rs (Reduce, Reuse and Recycle), he said.

On the long-term goals of global Greenhouse Gas emissions (GHG), Kamoshita said that strong political will was expressed to go beyond the agreement reached at 2007 Heiligendamm Summit and arrive at an accord on a shared vision of long-term global goal at the July G8 Hokkaido Summit.

Noting the importance of low-carbon societies, he said that to achieve such societies, all countries need innovations in their lifestyle, production and consumption patterns, and social infrastructure as well as innovations in technology.

The G8 environment ministers meeting opened Saturday in the run-up to the G8 summit scheduled for July 7-9 at the Lake Toya resort in the Japanese northern main island of Hokkaido.

Three major issues of biodiversity, the 3Rs and climate change are on the agenda of the three-day conference, and discussion of the issues was held accordingly.

Environment chiefs and relevant officials from the European Commission, 10 emerging economies, including China, India and Brazil, and eight international organizations were also invited to be present at the gathering.

Prior to the discussions among the ministers and other participants, a dialogue with representatives of relevant stakeholders was held, coming up with valuable ideas and proposals.

The Group of Eight is composed of the United States, Japan, Germany, France, Britain, Italy, Canada, and Russia, the eight leading industrial nations, whose heads of government hold regular meetings known as the G8 summit.


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