I am in Chiba, Japan, for the fourth Ministerial Meeting of the Gleneagles Dialogue on Climate Change, Clean Energy and Sustainable Development. The two-day meeting begins tomorrow, with a keynote presentation by Tony Blair, the former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. This meeting will feed into Japan’s G8 Summit in Hokkaido, on 7-9 July.
The Gleneagles Dialogue was launched at the G8 Gleneagles Summit in July 2005, and is a process that brings together 20 countries with the greatest energy needs, including the G8, and the major emerging economies of Brazil, China, India, Mexico and South Africa, and allows them to informally discuss innovative ideas and new measures to tackle climate change outside the formal negotiations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
I will continue to report as the meeting goes on, but in the meantime you may also be interested to know that REEEP/REEGLE now has a group on Facebook (www.facebook.com), where we would be delighted to discuss relevant issues and hear your views of the Partnership.