About OECC

Message from the President

竹本 和彦

While the COVID-19 pandemic seems to be clamming down as the vaccination rate increases both in Japan and overseas, the overall situation is still unpredictable. Under these circumstances, working from home using online instruments as a response to the COVID-19 disaster tends to become a more normal, and OECC is also based on a business system centered on working from home as much as possible.

COP26, which was held in Glasgow, England, concluded with the adoption of the “Glasgow Climate Pact.” The Pact agreed that efforts will be pursued to limit the temperature increase to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. In this context, the Parties are requested to revise their NDCs by the end of 2022 if necessary. As the result of political debate over the coal-fired power, COP26 was concluded in agreeing on “accelerating efforts towards the phasedown of unabated coal power.” COP26 also agreed on the international emission trading system, which has been a pending issue since the adoption of the Paris Agreement of 2015. Furthermore, developed countries were urged to double climate finance for adaptation efforts in developing countries by 2025 from 2019 level. These decisions will lead the world to enhanced international cooperation between developing and developed countries toward realizing a de-carbonized and sustainable future.

Last year, the Government of Japan decided on “Infrastructure System Overseas Expansion Strategy 2025” and positioned carbon neutrality and contribution to the SDGs achievement as the highest priority areas. Along with this policy direction, the Ministry of the Environment (MOE) has promoted the “Japan Platform for Redesign: Sustainable Infrastructure” (JPRSI), which aims for sustainable infrastructure and cooperation with a wide range of stakeholders such as private businesses, local governments and financial institutions. OECC has contributed to JPRSI as its secretariat.

We have published “Future Vision for Overseas Environment and Development Cooperation” (*Japanese only) to commemorate OECC 30th anniversary. This publication includes the “OECC Perspective 2021,” which stipulates the road map toward 2030 and beyond. Along with this road map, we look for solutions to the challenges we have faced, and would like to make every effort to take actions beyond our role of doing work within a given framework, and instead, I wish OECC could lead policy debates over international environment and development cooperation.

In light of this, we are looking forward to contributing to the international society as a pioneer. Taking into account that the international community is developing toward a de-carbonized and sustainable society in an accelerated manner, OECC will be able to play a leading role in the field of environment and development cooperation in Japan by making full use of its professional networks based on its rich experience and accumulated expertise.

Kazuhiko (Kazu) Takemoto

President, OECC, Japan