Monday, 16 April 2012

Low-carbon growth in Asia focus of high-level meeting in Tokyo

TOKYO, 16 April 2012 – Ministers from eight countries in East Asia and representatives of international organizations, including UNIDO, the ADB, ASEAN, ESCAP, OECD, UNDP, the World Bank, JICA and JBIC took part in the East Asia Low Carbon Growth Partnership Dialogue  in Tokyo that ended today.

Participants at the two-day event shared the view that low-carbon growth is crucial for sustainable economic growth. They exchanged views on country-level actions and strategies toward low-carbon growth, cooperation between developed and developing countries, the importance of low-carbon technologies, financial support and market mechanisms.

The event was opened by Prime Minister of Japan, Yoshihiko Noda. It was organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and co-chaired by Foreign Minister, Koichiro Gemba, and Indonesia's Presidential Special Envoy for Climate Change, Rachmat Witoelar.

The Deputy to the Director-General of UNIDO, Taizo Nishikawa, spoke of UNIDO's activities and experience in disseminating low carbon know-how and technologies, adding that  the Organization was ready to further cooperate with different stakeholders present at the meeting.

Nishikawa also informed participants of the follow-up activities to the 2011 Tokyo Green Industry Conference . He said  that Japanese environmental technologies will be promoted at Rio+20, the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, where UNIDO plans to launch a ‘Green Industry Platform’.

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