Japan PM to announce aid for poor
nations to fight global warming
Jan 10, 2008 - BBC Monitoring
Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda will announce a five-year
1 trillion yen package to help developing countries
combat global warming when he attends a World Economic
Forum meeting in Switzerland later this month, government
sources said Thursday.
Under the programme, Japan will help aid recipients
reduce greenhouse gas emissions, work to prevent natural
disasters linked to global warming and shift to use
of more renewable energy sources such as solar power
rather than oil and other fossil fuels, the sources
The aid package is expected to cover more than 40
countries from Asia, Africa and Latin America, with
Tokyo already discussing concrete support measures
with Indonesia, they said.
Climate change is expected to become one of the key
issues on the agenda at the Group of Eight summit
talks Japan is to host in the Lake Toya hot-spring
resort area of Hokkaido in July.
Fukuda plans to deliver a keynote speech on global
warming at the annual meeting of the World Economic
Forum starting Jan. 23 in the Swiss resort of Davos.
At the upcoming conference, Japan is seeking to mention
that there is a need to cap the overall amount of
global greenhouse gas emissions starting in 2013,
a period not covered by the Kyoto Protocol, the sources
The 1997 protocol, which sets country-by-country
emission reduction targets for the developed world,
expires in 2012.
The government initially considered a 500 billion
yen aid package for developing countries mainly through
measures taken by the Foreign Ministry.
To show Japanese leadership on the climate issue,
however, the government decided to double the sum
using budgets of related ministries and agencies and
tapping the private sector for funding, the sources
Source: Kyodo News Service, Tokyo, in English 0516
gmt 10 Jan 08