The Environment Ministry on Monday kicked off a campaign to heighten interest and awareness in the Kyoto Protocol, an international climate-control agreement, in an effort to promote its coming into force by 2002.

The campaign, under the theme of “2002! Putting the Kyoto Protocol into Force,” will consist of 11 public symposiums and 12 study sessions for environment experts, including some 2,200 local government-commissioned climate change researchers and activists around the nation.

The protocol was adopted by industrialized countries at the third Conference of Parties to the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change in Kyoto in December 1997. Under the accord, Japan is to reduce greenhouse gases by 6 percent of 1990 levels by the period 2008 to 2012.

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