Global Environment Centre Foundation(GEC)

Message from the President

Since its inception, the Global Environment Centre Foundation (GEC) has constantly supported the activities of the UN Environment /UNEP International Environmental Technology Centre (IETC), while actively implementing projects for environmental conservation and to tackle with at global warming in developing countries.

Above all, GEC’s activities aim to contribute to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), approved and announced at the 70th Session of the UN General Assembly in September 2015, and the reduction of greenhouse gases (GHGs) on a global scale under the Paris Agreement.

In FY2017, GEC supported the activities of the “Global Dialogue on Technology for Resilient Cities (Osaka International Conference)” in coordination with IETC and City of Osaka, and engaged in the planning and operation of international workshops such as the “Seminar on Environment Technologies for Integrated Waste Solution in Thailand”. Through the Project to Create and Support Local Core Businesses (commissioned by METI Kansai) GEC has also contributed to the transfer of excellent environmental and energy-saving technologies from Japan to overseas and the improvement of regional environment, utilizing the Kansai-Asia Environmental and Energy-Saving Business Promotion Forum (Team E-Kansai) as a platform.

As regards action against climate change, the 23rd Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 23) held in Bonn, Germany in November 2017 discussed implementation guidelines for countries around the world to promote measures against climate change under the Paris Agreement, a new international framework for 2020 and beyond. Discussion also made headway on the elements of the guidelines including market mechanisms such as the Joint Crediting Mechanism (JCM), promoted by the Japanese government jointly with other partner countries, mainly in the form of exchanges of views towards agreement at COP 24.

Meanwhile, GEC is assisting corporate initiatives against global warming overseas through the operation and management of programmes sponsored by the Ministry of the Environment, such as the Financing Programme for JCM Model Projects to support projects against global warming in partner countries aiming at project registration and credit issuance under JCM, the REDD+ Model Projects to promote the reduction of GHGs through forest preservation, and the financing programme to promote the renovation of advanced low-carbon technologies in line with the local specific circumstances of each developing country .

Also, GEC has been promoting a wide range of international environmental cooperation including the JICA Partnership Programme in collaboration with City of Kyoto and Vientiane, the capital of Laos through international City-to-City cooperation, and the Water Environment Business Promotion Project in partnership with Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam jointly with Shiga Prefecture, as well as human resource development by the JICA Group Training Project.

All of these projects are in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We continue to serve as an essential organisation for the Kansai area and Japan as a whole by promoting international environmental cooperation activities for developing countries in collaboration and cooperation with our partners. We remain committed to contributing to the implementation of the SDGs and the Paris Agreement from a global perspective, leveraging our expertise, experience, and domestic and international networks.

We would greatly appreciate your continued understanding and support of our activities.

July 2018
SUZUKI, Naoshi
Global Environment Centre Foundation