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G7 Ministers Agree to Speed Up Long-Term Steps to Cut Pollution

Environment ministers of the Group of Seven countries agreed to draw up long-term strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions “as soon as possible” to lead global efforts to tackle climate change.

The ministers held a two-day meeting in the central city of Toyama through Monday following the Paris Agreement, a deal to fight global warming brokered between 195 nations in December. Countries agreed at the time to put together “long-term low greenhouse gas emission development strategies” by 2020.

“We commit to develop and communicate our strategies to the UNFCCC Secretariat, as soon as possible and well within the schedule provided by the COP21 decision,” the ministers said in a statement Monday. The UNFCCC refers to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

“Taking the lead in communicating these strategies will send strong signals to the private sector and other countries for the necessary transition towards a low-carbon society,” the ministers said in the statement.

Japan is the host nation of Group of Seven meetings this year which includes the U.S. and Germany.

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