Overview of the C40 Tokyo Conference on Climate Change

Global warming has been accelerating in recent years. The rise of average temperatures and sea levels is impacting the ecosystem and human society on a global scale in many forms including heat waves, drought, flooding, spread of infectious diseases, and food crises. Unless drastic measures are taken soon, this could possibly result in devastating consequences for humanity.

Our measures to deal with global warming have consisted of efforts to reduce the emission of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, but with the various impacts of global warming now emerging there is a growing understanding that urgent adaptation measures are also required to minimize damages. Mitigation measures or adaptation measures alone are not enough to reduce the risks associated with climate change; it is now necessary to take both approaches and have them complement each other.

Cities house approximately half of the world's population and account for about 75% of all carbon dioxide emissions, placing a huge burden on the global environment.

With our planet now facing a crisis, cities must rise up to take positive action even ahead of their central governments to address the pressing issue of global warming. Officers in charge of environmental policies in the large cities of the world will be invited to Tokyo this October to participate in the C40 Tokyo Conference on Climate Change. These cities, leading the world in environmental policies, will establish specific actions against global warming.

It would be crucial to start by sharing a common sense of crisis. The C40 Tokyo Conference will invite renowned experts on global warming to report on the crisis we are presently facing and our responsibilities to the generations to come. Based on this common awareness, in addition to measures for mitigation of global warming, focused discussion on adaptation measures for abnormal weather, natural disasters, and food problems will be conducted for the first time between the large cities of the world. Initiatives that will be taken by the cities will be publicized to the world from Tokyo.

Agenda

Date Time Event
Oct. 21
(Tues.)
18:00-21:00 Registration and Welcome Reception
Oct. 22
(Wed.)
10:00-10:25 Opening
Opening address by Governor Shintaro Ishihara
Opening address by C40 Chair David Miller
10:25-11:05 Keynote Lecture
11:20-13:00 Symposium
・Presentations by panelists
・Panel Discussion
・Q&A session
13:00-14:30 Lunch
15:00-16:30 Session 1
“Temperature rise
in cities”
(Part 1)
・Presentation of best
practices
Session 2
“Water management”
(Part 1)
・Presentation of best
practices
16:45-18:15 Session 1
“Temperature rise
in cities”
(Part 2)
・Discussion
(Part 3)
・Summary
Session 2
“Water management”
(Part 2)
・Discussion
(Part 3)
・Summary
Oct. 23
(Thur.)
09:00-10:30 Session 3
“Flood and natural
disaster”
(Part 1)
・Presentation of
best practices
Session 4
"Food problems"
(Part 1)
・Presentation of
best practices
Session 5
"Further issues"
(Part 1)
・Presentation of
best practices
10:45-12:15 Session 3
“Flood and
natural disaster”
(Part 2)
・Discussion
(Part 3)
・Summary
Session 4
"Food problems"
(Part 2)
・Discussion
・Summary
Session 5
"Further issues"
(Part 2)
・Discussion
・Sumary
12:30-13:30 Lunch
14:30-16:00 General Meeting
・Reports by session moderators
16:30-17:30 Press conference
19:00-21:00 Farewell Reception
Oct. 24
(Fri.)
9:30-15:00 Site visits

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