Source: United Nations secretary general
I am pleased to greet you today to recognize Prime Minister Suga and the people of Japan for their commitment to reach net zero emissions by 2050.
This is a courageous decision and a very positive step in the right direction.
I believe Japan has all the necessary tools to achieve this and become a global leader in climate-friendly technology.
Through this announcement, Japan joins a growing group of major economies committed to leading by example in building a sustainable, carbon-neutral and climate-resilient world.
Now Japan enters the critical phase of implementation.
I urge the country to identify coherent mid-term targets for 2030, and design and implement policies that are in line with its long-term goal.
These include setting an ambitious renewable energy target and a path to coal phase-out.
And they entail creating jobs in promising industries that can grow and become a cornerstone for a new prosperous green economy.
I call on all sectors of the Japanese economy to join the work for a sustainable future.
Working together, we can end the climate emergency.