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March 2022

One Ocean Summit Video Message by Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio

The Video Message by Prime Minister Kishida can be accessed on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ website here:

On February 9–11, 2022, the One Ocean Summit, hosted by Mr. Emmanuel Macron, President of the French Republic, was held in Brest, France. Government leaders, along with representatives of municipalities, multinational companies and civil society, scientists and others from around the world, gathered to discuss wide-ranging issues related to the ocean. Mr. Kishida Fumio, Prime Minister of Japan, attended the high-level segment held on February 11 by sending a video message as follows.

I would like to pay tribute to the leadership of President Macron in hosting this One Ocean Summit.

Japan has been making efforts to lead the world in addressing a wide range of ocean-related issues.

In the area of marine plastic litter, Japan set out the G20’s Osaka Blue Ocean Vision, which aims to reduce additional pollution to zero by 2050. Toward the upcoming United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA), Japan has also made a concrete suggestion to launch a negotiation process for a new international legally binding instrument. Japan will make further contributions to tackle marine plastic litter across the globe, including through providing assistance to developing countries and establishing an international database.

Decarbonizing maritime transportation and port operations will support achieving the Paris Agreement goals, and Japan endorses the joint declaration suggested by France, in this regard.

As a maritime nation, Japan is determined to spare no effort with all of you to protect our beautiful ocean.

Note: This article was created with the consent of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan and on the basis of materials published by the Ministry.