The Ministry of the Environment, Japan (MOEJ), held Part 1 of the International Conference for Implementing Article 6 of the Paris Agreement online on February 17, 2022. The conference was held with the aim of advancing specific discussion on capacity building together with other governments and related organizations for the implementation of the market mechanism under Article 6 of the Paris Agreement. Approximately 1,000 participants from more than 100 countries attended the conference and discussed support for system development and capacity building for the implementation of Article 6.
1. Outline of the Conference (online)
(1) Date and time: February 17, 2022 (19:00-22:00 JST / 11:00-14:00 CET)
Opening Remarks (Video)
YAMAGUCHI Tsuyoshi, Minister of the Environment, Japan
Patricia Espinosa, UNFCCC Executive Secretary
Alok Sharma, COP26 President
His Excellency, Ambassador Wael Aboulmagd, Personal representative of COP27 President, Arab Republic of Egypt
Participating nations (more than 100 countries):
Iceland, Ireland, Azerbaijan, Afghanistan, United Arab Emirates, Algeria, Argentina, Armenia, Angola, Yemen, United Kingdom, Israel, Italy, India, Indonesia, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Ecuador, Estonia, El Salvador, Egypt, Australia, Austria, Netherlands, Cabo Verde, Canada, Gabon, Cambodia, South Korea, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, Cuba, Cote d’Ivoire, Colombia, Congo, Samoa, Zambia, San Marino, Jamaica, Singapore, Switzerland, Sweden, Spain, Suriname, Sri Lanka, Slovenia, Seychelles, Senegal, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Thailand, Tajikistan, Chile, China, Denmark, Germany, Dominican Republic, Commonwealth of Dominica, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Nigeria, Nicaragua, Japan, New Zealand, Nepal, Norway, Bahrain, Pakistan, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, Palau, Bangladesh, Philippines, Finland, Bhutan, Fiji, Brazil, France, United States, Vietnam, Belize, Peru, Belgium, Poland, Bolivia, Portugal, Honduras, Marshall Islands, Malawi, Malta, Federated States of Micronesia, Mexico, Mauritius, Mozambique, South Africa, Morocco, Jordan, Laos, Liechtenstein, Liberia, Lebanon, Russia, etc.
From Japan, Minister of the Environment Yamaguchi, delivered a video message in which he stated that enhancing mitigation efforts all over the world including in emerging economies and developing countries is critical to keep 1.5 degrees within reach. He also stated that the market mechanism will play a key role in reducing emissions worldwide. Moreover, he expressed his expectation that exchange of experiences and practical information on the Article 6 implementation throughout today’s and next month’s conferences will contribute to further reduction of CO2 emissions through the acceleration of capacity building in as many countries as possible.
2. Outline of the discussion
At the beginning of the conference, the UNFCCC Secretariat introduced the contents of the decisions made on the Article 6 Implementation Guidelines at COP26 and the Article 6 Work Programme for 2022. This was followed by a presentation on the development of institutional and governance frameworks and capacity-building needs based on the experience of the Article 6 negotiations and piloting. Japan introduced the JCM (Joint Crediting Mechanism), which it is leading the world in implementing, including its efforts such as holding workshops on improving transparency and its domestic system.
Then, in the section “Identification of capacity-building support needs,” it was mentioned that “development of educational materials to explain Article 6 rules,” “holding workshops to improve understanding” and “sharing of advanced case studies” were particularly important to support the implementation of Article 6.
3. Part 2 of the International Conference for Implementing Article 6 of the Paris Agreement
(1) Date and time:
Part 2: Monday, March 7, 2022 from 19:00 to 22:00 (JST) (11:00 to 14:00 (CET)
Format: Online conference
(2) Details of the conference are available at the following links:
(3) Webcast URL
Please visit the following URL to view the conference:
Summary of the 1st part of the International Conference for Implementing Article 6: Please see the attachment.
Summary of the 1st part of the International Conference for Implementing Article 6 [PDF 169 KB]