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Launch of Largest Ever Global Citizen Consultation on Climate and Energy
World Wide Views on Climate and Energy

On June 6, 2015, just before the 41st G7 summit in Germany, the JST held a meeting titled “World Wide Views on Climate and Energy in Japan” as one of the national partners. World Wide Views 2015 on Climate and Energy is an initiative of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) secretariat, the French National Commission for Public Debate (FR), the Danish Board of Technology Foundation (DK), and Missions Publiques (FR) and implemented in collaboration with partners in the World Wide Views Alliance.

World Wide Views contributes to global democracy and to the debate on climate change. The purpose of the organization is to bring views of citizens on climate change to attentions of governments, public officials, UN institutions, local authorities, stakeholders, and corporations. Decisions made at COP21 will affect citizens all over the world. Giving citizens the opportunity to express their views on key negotiation issues can only strengthen the legitimacy of the decisions. On June 6, 2015, thousands of citizens reflecting the demographic diversity of their respective country participated in the global citizen consultation. Debates started in the Pacific region and ended on the west coast of the Americas.

As a result, ninety-six meetings were held around the world on the same day with the same schedule and procedure. Participants were invited to express their views on 30 questions, after having received unbiased informational material and after debates with fellow citizens. The results are available on the Web.

Prior to and during COP21 at the end of 2015, a summary of this project for policymakers will be presented. The JST, responsible for organizing national citizen consultations in Japan, will present the results to Japanese stakeholders and opinion leaders on energy policy issues.

World Wide Views on Climate and Energy in Japan - seven citizens and one facilitator as a single group progressed through the day’s debate.

Ninety-six meetings were held around the world with almost 10,000 participants!

JST, an integrated organization of science and technology in Japan, establishes an infrastructure for the entire process from the creation of knowledge to the return to the society. For more information, visit http://www.jst.go.jp/EN/