• Kyodo


Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will pledge Japan’s further assistance to developing countries in coping with climate change-related natural disasters at this week’s United Nations climate summit in New York, a government source said Saturday.

Thursday’s summit, convened and hosted by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, comes as the international community seeks to finalize a new protocol for dealing with global warming beyond 2020 at a U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change conference at the end of next year.

According to the source, Japan hopes to get an edge in negotiations for the new framework by emphasizing its international contributions to disaster management, one of the country’s strong fields.

Abe is not expected, however, to specify at the summit when Japan will deliver its post-2020 greenhouse gas emissions reduction target, the source said, though adding, “We want to make his remarks as positive as possible.”

These targets are at the center of current negotiations on the new framework.

Developing countries are particularly vulnerable to damage from the adverse effects of global warming, due to a lack of infrastructure, funds and know-how.

In 2013, Japan committed about $16 billion (about ¥1.7 trillion) over the following three years to helping those countries deal with lowering the impact of climate change.

At the New York summit Japan is expected to build on its earlier financial commitment, pledging overall support to foster developing countries’ ability to cope with disasters including human resources development, information sharing and infrastructure.

The pledge will include the training of around 14,000 experts in fields related to climate change, the source said.

The source said Abe will hold off mentioning the hot topic of how much Japan will contribute to the Green Climate Fund, a U.N.-backed mechanism established in 2010 to move funds from developed countries to developing ones for mitigating the effects of climate change.

Japan will consider an appropriate amount to contribute to the fund, the source said.

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