IUCN and the Keidanren Committee on Nature Conservation (KCNC) renewed their agreement on 9 May 2011 to implement the decisions and commitments made at the 10th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP10) which took place in Nagoya, Japan in October 2010.
Two years after the first agreement was signed and after a remarkably successful conference on biological diversity last year, KCNC and IUCN agreed to join efforts again ahead of major environmental events in 2012, such as Rio 2012, IUCN’s World Conservation Congress, and the next CBD COP 11.
“Our renewed commitment with IUCN would enable KCNC to achieve Aichi targets involving Japanese companies despite difficult time after the big earthquake and tsunami in Japan,” says Mr. Naotake Okubo, Chairman of the Board and Representative Director of KCNC and Chairman of the Board of Sekisui Chemical co.
H.E. Mr. Yoichi Otabe, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations and other international organizations, visited IUCN Conservation Centre for a related occasion and met KCNC delegation members and IUCN Director General.
This next phase of the IUCN Japan Project Office will support the follow up to the Nagoya COP’s decisions by providing scientific, technical and policy advice to the Japanese Government, now holding the Presidency to the COP until the 11th Meeting of the COP that will take place in India in October 2012.
The KCNC has also been supporting a number of IUCN’s biodiversity projects globally through its Keidanren Nature Conservation Fund (KNCF).