About OECC

Message from the President

Kazuhiko (Kazu) Takemoto, President, OECC, Japan

The Overseas Environmental Cooperation Center (OECC) is committed to helping realize a global sustainable society, through its activities to implement research, studies, and capacity building in the field of environment and development cooperation with developing countries.

OECC is a semi-public organization bringing together a wide range of members, including consulting firms, manufacturing companies, local governments and multi-stakeholder associations. We are able to mobilize Japanese technology and knowledge by utilizing the strengths of our broad network of members. Through many projects in collaboration with our partner countries, and activities focused on intercity cooperation in Asia, OECC has established a strong position as a group of professionals providing expert solutions to a variety of challenges related to environment and development in developing countries.

OECC has experience in working with international organizations such as the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the United Nations University (UNU) and the Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), in addition to agencies of the Government of Japan such as the Ministry of the Environment (MOE) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

OECC will continue to play a leading role in developing projects in the area of environment and development, by fully engaging its broad experience and professional networks.

In line with the principles described above, OECC will develop its activities in a more strategic manner, focusing on the following three major areas: (a) responses to global environmental problems, including climate change; (b) responses to environmental problems, including water and air pollution; and (c) responses to problems related to chemicals, resource efficiency and waste management. Please refer to the attached diagram.

Recently, historic international agreements have been made with the aim of realizing a sustainable society, with the September 2015 adoption by the UN General Assembly of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In addition, the Paris Agreement on climate change was adopted by COP21 to UNFCCC in December 2015, entering into force in November 2016. It is time for the international community to accelerate its action to implement these agreements. In particular, further efforts need to be made to develop the necessary capacity in developing countries.

OECC is increasingly expected to play a significant role as a professional group focused on responding to these global trends and providing solutions to problems. OECC is committed to strengthening its capacity to further contribute towards realizing a sustainable society. In this important process I would like to seek your further cooperation and support for our activities.

Kazuhiko (Kazu) Takemoto
President, OECC, Japan

OECC’s vision:Toward achieving a sustainable future