What is Kiko Forum?The Citizens' Forum for Preventing Climate Change / Global Warming
- Japanese NGOs launched Kiko Forum on December 1st 1996, exactly one year before COP3. On 21 September 1996, representatives from Japanese NGOs met in Kyoto, and decided to form "Kiko Forum," something like Klima Forum 95 for COP1 in Berlin in 1995.
- Kiko Forum will include not only climate NGOs, but also NGOs working on various issues, such as: industrial air pollution, protection of nature, recycling and garbage reduction, rain forest protection, ozone-layer protection, environmental education, and consumer monitoring.
- Kiko Forum plans to host an international citizens' conference in March 1997.
Objectives of Kiko Forum
The major purpose is to make the signatories adopt an effective reduction protocol at COP3. For this purpose, the Forum will work to:
- increase public awareness of climate issues and help the Japanese reduce CO2. and other GHG gases emissions at home, locally and nationally; and
- help both international and Japanese NGOs get involved in the UNFCCC process, especially COP3, effectively and efficiently.
- Info clearing house for the public and the press
- Public educational campaigns
- Fund-raising and technical support for environmental NGOs (especially those in low-income countries) to participate in the COP3.
- Fund raising
The Forum has already started negotiations with local and the national governments so that meeting facilities, communication equipment, free-ride tickets for public transportation, etc. will be reasonably provided to NGOs participating in COP3.
For further information on the Kiko Forum, please contact:
Mr. Koichi Watanabe
Deputy Executive Secretary (TOKYO)
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