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UNEP Executive Director Joins G7 Environment Ministers Meeting in Japan

May 16, 2016

UNEP Executive Director Joins G7 Environment Ministers Meeting in Japan

Toyama, Japan, 15 May 2016 - UN Environment Programme Executive Director Achim Steiner was in Toyama, Japan this weekend, where he joined G7 Environment Ministers for their meeting to prepare the outcomes for the 2016 G7 Leaders Summit in Japan later this month.

Mr. Steiner joined the G7 ministers to present and discuss UNEP's work and perspectives on the 2030 Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals, resource efficiency, climate change & biodiversity.

On the margins of the meeting, the Executive Director met with Environment Ministers from Japan, Germany and Canada, along with the EU's Commissioner for the Environment and France's Ambassador for the Environment.

In Toyama, Mr. Steiner joined UNEP International Resource Panel's Co-Chair, Janez Poto─Źnik and lead report author Paul Ekin in presenting the summary of a report on resource efficiency to G7 Environment Ministers, represented by Japan's Environment Minister, Tamayo Marukawa, and Germany's Environment Minister, Barbara Hendricks. Last year, G7 leaders at their summit in Schloss Elmau asked the UNEP-hosted panel of experts to develop the report to analyze the potential impact of greater resource efficiency on resource use, greenhouse gas emissions and economies. The report, called Resource Efficiency: Potential and Economic Implications, indicates that greenhouse gases and resource consumption can be greatly decreased, and economies grown, with better resource efficiency policies and international climate action.

Read more at UNEP News Centre.
Read the final communique of the G7 Environment Ministers meeting here.

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