As summarized in the website of the Ministry of the Environment, this G20 Ministerial Meeting ended on June 16 in success. Ministers of G20 member countries and invited countries, and representatives of international organizations exchanged views on the following major themes: (1) Accelerating the virtuous cycle of environmental protection and economic growth by innovation; (2) Resource efficiency・marine plastic litter; (3) Adaptation and resilient infrastructure including ecosystem-based approaches. The official communiqué was adopted by the leaders of G20 countries. (For details, please refer to https://www.env.go.jp/en/headline/2408.html).
It was excellent to reach an agreement on all issues, and I was relieved to have served as the co-chair of the Meeting without a hitch. In addition, the joint work between my staff at the Ministry of the Environment and those at the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry headed by Minister Seko, went smoothly.
The details of the Meeting were widely reported through TV and newspapers in and out of Japan, and it enlightened many people on their recognition of the issues of energy and environment.