Kyoto Shimbun 1997.12.4

Japan's P.M. and Three Cabinet Members to Attend COP3

Four of Japan's leading government officials, Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto, Foreign Minister Keizo Kobuchi, Minister of International Trade and Industry Mituso Horiuchi, and Environment Agency Director-General Hiroshi Oki will be attending the 3rd Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Chaf the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Kyoto City.

The Prime Minister will attend the Cabinet Conference on the 8th, the Foreign Minister will be attending the conference on the 1st and the 8th, the MITI Minister from the 7th to the 10th, and Direcotr-General Oki will be serving as chairman during the conference.

Climate Forum Invites Participants from Developing Countries

The Climate Forum, an environmental NGO in Japan (head office in Kyoto City) has invited several members of NGO's in developing countries to attend COP3.

Established in December 1996, Climate Forum set up a budget that originally included plans to secure \30 million to cover transportation expenses for 60 people to attend the conference. A total \90 million has been raised so far. However, the response to street-corner fund raising activities was less than expected, and the total funds have not been sufficient to cover the estimated \110 million required for minimum operating expenses and expenses for related activities.

Due to the lack of funds, the Climate Forum has cut back the scale of its plan from 60 people to 40 people. Through the Climate Activities Network (CAN), a network formed by environment-related NGO's around the world, the Climate Forum has been able to finalize participation plans for 35 members of environment protection groups and university professors from regions including Africa, Central and South America, small island nations, and Eastern Europe.

During the conference, the invited NGO members will hold discussions with government representatives and participate in a variety of events.