Ministers slam Mugabe one-man poll 'sham'

| Jun 28, 2008

Ministers slam Mugabe one-man poll 'sham'

by Eric Johnston

KYOTO — The Group of Eight foreign ministers strongly denounced Zimbabwe’s regime at the Friday end of their two-day summit in Kyoto, with several calling the country’s one-candidate runoff presidential election the same day a sham and threatening further U.N. Security Council action. “We ...

| Jun 27, 2008

G8 diplomats renew vow to stabilize Afghanistan

by Reiji Yoshida

KYOTO — Foreign ministers from the Group of Eight industrialized nations met Thursday in Kyoto and agreed to renew their “firm and long-term commitment” to stabilizing Afghanistan, especially by giving development aid to regions on its border with Pakistan. Since the Afghanistan-Pakistan border is ...

Land woes taking a back seat to CO2

| Jun 27, 2008

Land woes taking a back seat to CO2

by Janice Tang

While climate change has finally won the attention of world leaders, the United Nations is concerned about a lack of action on another major — and yet interlinked — global challenge: land degradation and desertification. A deteriorated atmosphere destroys land potential through drought, flooding ...

| Jun 23, 2008

G8 to support sectoral approach to emissions

Group of Eight leaders plan to back Japans’ proposal for a sector-by-sector approach to slashing greenhouse gas emissions in a chairman’s summary to be issued after the July 7-9 summit in Hokkaido, according to diplomatic sources. The G8 leaders are expected to agree that ...

| Jun 20, 2008

NGOs press Fukuda for midterm gas emissions goals

by Masami Ito

A strong sense of urgency regarding climate change must be communicated to the Group of Eight leaders and more than a long-term goal for cutting greenhouse gas emissions is called for, representatives of nongovernmental organizations said Thursday. “Climate change is happening now. It’s not ...

Ambassador touts biofuel as climate change cure

| Jun 20, 2008

Ambassador touts biofuel as climate change cure

by Jun Hongo

Criticism that Brazil has prioritized the manufacture of biofuel at the expense of food production is preposterous and flies in the face of a superb solution for global warming, according to the Brazilian ambassador to Japan. While the world’s biggest producer of sugar cane-based ...

G8 tech ministers agree on teamwork

| Jun 16, 2008

G8 tech ministers agree on teamwork

The Group of Eight science and technology ministers agreed Sunday to promote cooperation between their countries as well as with developing nations to address global issues such as climate change and sustainable development from a technological standpoint. The one-day meeting was chaired by Fumio ...