The European Commission and Japan held a High Level Dialogue on Environment via videoconference on the 1st of April 2020 to discuss two of the key environmental issues - biodiversity and circular economy. It was co-chaired by Daniel Calleja, Director General of DG Environment of the European Commission, and Morishita Satoru, Vice Minister for Global Environmental Affairs, Ministry of the Environment Japan.
The discussions took place against the background of the COVID-19 pandemic. Both sides stressed the need to strengthen the resilience of people and planet and ensure a green recovery. The partners expressed their continued commitment to advancing the environmental agenda at the national and multilateral levels, in particular in relation to the UN Biodiversity Summit and UNEA5. Both sides reiterated the importance of moving towards an ambitious and realistic post-2020 global biodiversity framework and strengthening the G20 Resource Efficiency Dialogue.