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Mexico, Japan tackling climate change challenge

Japan
Asahi Shimbun
18/07/2010

Japan and Mexico have built a strong and fruitful bilateral relationship during the last decades. We are strategic partners on several issues of the global agenda, such as human security and sustainable development, disarmament, and U.N. Security Council reform, among others.

Japan has been a progressively key player in building an inclusive, transparent and ambitious international regime to face the challenges posed by climate change. Japan´s adoption of human security--with its emphasis on individuals well-being and physical security--as one of the pillars of its foreign policy over 15 years, has contributed to its leadership in climate change issues in Asia and the rest of the world.

Since then, Japan has channeled substantial economic, technological and human resources to combat climate change, one of the greatest threats to people´s access to food and clean water, as well as to local, regional and world peace and stability. At the same time, Japan´s businesses have become world leaders in clean energy and green technologies, employing a growing number of people in these sectors and strengthening the Japanese economy.

Both the promotion of human security by reducing the threats of climate change in developing countries and the encouragement of low-carbon economies are proof of Japan´s commitment to a more prosperous, equitable and sustainable future.

Japan and Mexico are committed to strengthening the multilateral climate change regime and to achieve ambitious outcomes during the Conference of the Parties (COP16) to the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, which will take place in Cancun, Mexico, at the end of this year.

Mexico believes it is in the best interests of all developed nations--those with the largest historical responsibilities and capabilities--to acquire and/or increase the level of ambition of forming legally binding commitments to substantially mitigate their greenhouse gas emissions, as well as to help developing countries adapt to the effects of climate change.

These commitments will encourage the creation of green business opportunities around the world.

At the same time, it is in the best interests of all emerging economies, including Mexico, to increase climate action as our underlying strategy for further growth and development, since large sectors of our populations and those of our neighbors are highly vulnerable to the effects of climate change.

Thus, Mexico is unilaterally and unconditionally committed to reducing its emissions by 50 million tons of carbon dioxide equivalent by 2012, despite being hard hit by the 2008 economic crisis. We have also pledged to reduce our emissions up to 30 percent by 2020 on a business-as-usual scenario, with the support of international finance and technology.

Developing countries, particularly the poorest and most vulnerable, will suffer the most adverse impacts of climate change, while bearing the least responsibility for the increase in global temperatures. Developed countries have pledged substantial financial resources in the medium and long term to support climate change action, both in mitigation and adaptation.

The fact that adaptation has been recognized as a key pillar of climate change action will most benefit vulnerable countries and support their actions in adaptation.

There are several examples of Japan´s leadership in climate change, such as fast-start financing and support for forest conservation, and in rebuilding trust after the Copenhagen conference (COP15).

As host to the ministerial meeting on forest conservation cooperation and climate change and the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity in Nagoya in October, Japan is sure to lead toward additional concrete actions on these topics.

Although funding for adaptation in less developed nations is of the utmost importance, reducing greenhouse gas emissions in developed and emerging economies is an essential condition for the survival, self-sufficiency and viability of most developing countries, and, therefore, a condition for world peace and security.

Japan´s drive to build a green industrial sector worth $1 trillion in the next decade, its pledge to reduce the country´s emissions by 25 percent by 2020, and its interest in signing an ambitious, legally binding agreement are all proof of its unequivocal understanding of what it will take to create a more prosperous, equitable and secure world.

Let´s continue to work together for an ambitious and fair outcome in Cancun.

El contenido de las noticias que se presentan en esta sección es responsabilidad directa de las agencias emisoras de noticias y no necesariamente reflejan la posición del Gobierno de México en este u otros temas relacionados.

    

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