Japan to launch ‘green recovery’ platform and ministerial meeting

(Climate Change News, 1 Jun 2020) Japan is seeking to bolster global momentum for climate action by hosting an online platform and high-level political event on greening the post-coronavirus economic recovery.

Environment minister Shinjirō Koizumi announced the plans on Monday, in a series of online discussions hosted by UN Climate Change.

Negotiators were due to meet this week for preparatory UN climate talks in Bonn, Germany, but the session has been postponed to October, provided it is safe to hold a physical meeting at that time.

Instead, the UN climate secretariat is running a 10-day online event called “June Momentum”, with updates on political and technical progress.

The slippage of the climate negotiating timetable caused by the coronavirus pandemic means there will be a near two-year gap between UN summits. The last UN climate talks were held in Madrid, Spain, last December and the upcoming Cop26 has been rescheduled to 1-12 November 2021 in Glasgow, UK.

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