About OECC

Message from the President

竹本 和彦

The Overseas Environmental Cooperation Center (OECC) was established in 1990 to contribute to realize a global sustainable society, through its research and capacity building activities in the field of environment and development cooperation with developing countries, and celebrates its 30 years anniversary this year.

OECC is an organization bringing together a wide range of members, including consulting firms, manufacturing companies, local governments and multi-stakeholder associations, which enables us to mobilize Japanese technology and knowledge for international cooperation on environment and sustainable development. Through many projects in collaboration with its partner countries, OECC is in the position to support them in addressing a variety of their challenges on environment and development by making full use of its experience and expertise.

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 governmental agencies in Japan such as the Ministry of the Environment (MOEJ) 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 challenges, 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.

Recently, two historic international agreements have been made with the aim of realizing a sustainable society, namely, (a) the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted at the UN General Assembly in September 2015, and (b) the Paris Agreement on climate change adopted at the UNFCCC/COP21 in December 2015, which entered 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 an expert group focused on responding to these global challenges for their solutions. OECC is committed to further contribute to realizing a sustainable future. I would like to take this opportunity to seek your further cooperation and support for our activities.

Kazuhiko (Kazu) Takemoto

President, OECC, Japan