More than 200 staff of the Ministry of the Environment involved in the G20 Ministerial Meeting gathered together to celebrate the success of the meeting. It was an opportunity for me to get to know my staff, and to interact with young staff members as well.
The success of the said Meeting on Energy Transitions and Global Environment for Sustainable Growth, and the success of the environmental sessions in particular owed much to these staff members’ efforts. More than 100 staff members stayed in Karuizawa Town, Nagano Prefecture, for much longer period than that of the actual Meeting, and made preparations in advance of the Meeting and put things in order after the Meeting. So far as any international conference is concerned, it is composed of not only discussions at the table on the front stage but also of huge amount of work behind the scenes to coordinate interests among participating countries. All those staff who remained at the headquarters for the Meeting in the Ministry in Tokyo kept in close touch with those dispatched to Karuizawa until mid-night and held the fort.
Under the circumstances mentioned above, the G20 Ministerial Meeting adopted the official communiqué, and ended in success. Such headlines as ‘International Management to Reduce Marine Plastic Pollution’ appeared in newspapers. I am convinced that this outcome was earned by all the efforts of the concerned staff in the Ministry of the Environment.