|Prime Minister Hatoyama and President
Obama strongly affirmed their commitment to continuing to work
together to usher in a new era in the global fight against climate
change, and they recognized each other's achievements toward this
The two leaders also reaffirmed that shifting to low-carbon growth
is indispensable to the health of our planet and will play a central
role in reviving the global economy. To this end, our countries
aspire to reduce our own emissions by 80% by 2050 and endorse a
global goal of reducing emissions by 50% by that year.
Meeting the climate change challenge requires all major economies to
take ambitious concrete actions: emission reduction targets by
developed countries and actions by major developing countries that
will significantly reduce their emissions compared to business as
usual. These actions must also be subject to a robust regime of
reporting and international review. A solution also requires that
critical support be provided for climate mitigation and adaptation
efforts among the poor and most vulnerable. The United States and
Japan will continue to cooperate closely with each other on
international negotiations to this end.
It is vital that we achieve a successful outcome at COP 15. The
United States and Japan are determined to engage themselves at all
levels to secure this goal.