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Japan could play leading role at UN climate change meet: WWF

Last Updated: Thursday, September 17, 2009 - 13:39

New York: Japan, which has promised to cut
greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent by 2020, could play a
leading role as a catalyst for change in global efforts to
reduce the impact of climate change, World Wide Fund (WWF) for
Nature has said.

The new administration in Tokyo could play a crucial role
in the UN climate change conference to be held here next week,
it said.

"We found it very encouraging that both as part of the
election campaign and even more so actually in the statement
after the election he (new Japanese PM Yukio Hatoyama) has
been very clear in talking about cutting Japan`s greenhouse
gas emissions by 25 per cent by 2020," said Kim Carstensen,
the director of the WWF`s Global Climate Initiative.

"We hope and we think it will be very, very important
that he repeat that to the world from on the stage of the UN,"
he added.

It could be seen as one of the "really important
trust-building initiatives that could come out" of the
day-long event in New York, said Carstensen, who heads the
independent conservation organisation`s operations on climate
change issues.

Hatoyama has pledged that Tokyo would seek to cut
greenhouse gas emissions by a quarter from 1990s levels
within the next 11 years.

Next Tuesday, UN Secretary General Bank Ki Moon will host
a climate change meeting to pave the way for the Conference of
the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change
in Copenhagen in December to adopt a new climate treaty to
succeed the 1997 Kyoto Protocol.

Bureau Report

First Published: Thursday, September 17, 2009 - 13:39

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