History and Activities of GEA - Chronological table -
|1991||Feb.||Established as the secretariat of "Eminent Persons' Meeting on Financing Global Environment and Development"|
|Established as an NGO to contribute to solving global environmental problems and promoting sustainable development.|
|1992||Apr.||"Eminent Persons' Meeting on Financing Global Environment and Development" is held in Tokyo in collaboration with the UNCED Secretariat.|
|In his opening speech, the Prime Minister pointed out the need for a law to meet the demands of the "new era of the global environment". |
This led to the enactment of "The Basic Environment Law".
"Tokyo Declaration on Financing Global Environment and Development" is announced at the Special Session of the Earth Summit.
|June||Participates in "Rio Summit"(United Nations Conference on Environment and Development)|
|The result of "Eminent Persons' Meeting on financing Global Environment and Development" is announced at the Special Session.|
|1994||Oct.||"Tokyo Conference on Global Environmental Action" is held in Tokyo.|
|Tokyo Declaration 1994 is announced to the world, proposing strengthening of international dialogue relating to sustainable development.|
|1995||Nov.||The organization is named "Global Environmental Action" (GEA) and is expanded and restructured.|
|1997||Jan.||"The Environmental Summit'97 for Designated Metropolitan Cities" is held in Kitakyusyu City.|
|In collaboration with 12 government-designated cities in Japan, the Environment Agency, Global Environmental Action, and UNEP International Environment Technology Center jointly issue the "Environmental Declaration by Government-Designated Cities" to outline ideas and directions for reforming large cities to promote environmental conservation for the new century.|
|Mar.||"Global Partnership Summit on Environment" is held in collaboration with the UNDPCSD*1|
|Tokyo Declaration 1997 is announced at the Special Session of the United Nations General Assembly.|
|Dec.||GEA participates in COP3*2 in Kyoto.|
|Organizes "Japan Day" inviting key members from many countries.|
Japan's efforts to tackle environmental problems are outlined in the presence of prominent figures from different countries around the world.
|1998||Jun.||"Workshop on Responses to Climate Change in Northeast Asia" is held in Tokyo.|
|Long-term strategies for climate change are formulated, based on a study on optimum technology and projects for the Northeast Asia region.|
|Nov.||Participates in COP4*2 in Buenos Aires.|
|1999||Jun.||"World Conference on Global Commons,Japan'99" is held in collaboration with the UNDESA.|
|The "Tokyo Declaration" is adopted, presenting various measures to reinforce international efforts to address global environmental problems.|
|Jun.||Granted the "Global 500 Roll of Honour" by UNEP.|
|GEA is awarded the Global 500 Role of Honour by UNEP(United Nations Environment Programme).|
This award is bestowed on individuals or organizations in recognition of outstanding contributions to the protection and improvement of the environment for the support of sustainable development.
|Oct.||Seminar on "Report from World Conference on Global Commons,Japan'99" at COP5*2 in Bonn is held.|
|The "Tokyo Declaration" adopted at the "World Conference on Global commons,Japan'99" is announced during the seminar.|
|Nov.||"Fureai Shizen-Juku(Nature School) Symposium" is held in Tokyo.|
|"Fureai Shizen-Juku"(Nature School) is a facility for environmental study, where people can enjoyably learn about the importance of the natural environment through observation of nature, direct contact with animals and plants. and living experiences.|
After case studies in nature school management at national and local governmental facilities are presented at the symposium, influential individuals engage in discussions based on the examples.
|2000||May||Participates in the Millennium Forum (United Nations Headquarter, New York) .|
|GEA recommends the establishment of an Internet-based environmental foundation,an obtains support for the proposal at the forum.|
|Oct.||"Global Environment 2000" is held in Tokyo.|
|The conference reviews the environmental problems of the 20th century and looks a the major global-scale environmental challenges of the 21st century, as well as measures for tackling them.|
|2001||Jul.||Accredited with NGO special consultative status by the United Nations Economic and Social Council(ECOSOC).|
|Oct.||"Conference on Global Environmental Crisis" is held in cooperation with the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA).|
|The "Conference on Global Environmental Crisis" involving participants from various research institutes and international organizations and prominent individuals with influence on international public opinion, is held to alert and warn the people of the world about the many serious problems faced by the earth.|
The conference adopts proposals for promoting international dialogue on the realization of sustainable development and on approaches to making reforms to cultivate environmental partnerships.
|Oct.||"International Advisory Committee for Virtual Globe " is formed.|
|A committee is established to organize a project designed to utilize the internet to support environmental NPOs and NGOs in developing countries.|
|Nov.||Participates in "The High-level Regional Meeting for WSSD including ana Asia-Pacific Roundtable on Sustainable Development" in Cambodia.|
|2002||Jan.||GEA participates in "WSSD Preparatory Committee 2" (United Nations Headquarter, New York)|
|Aug.||Participates in "Johannesburg Summit".|
Hosts "Japan Day" at the WSSD in Johannesburg.
|Introduced Japan's efforts to solve environmental problems to the international community. |
Included the showing of a video describing, and drawing lessons from, Japan's experience in realizing economic development while also overcoming terrible pollution problems and the holding of a symposium on water and forest problems.
|2003||Jan.||Web site of "Virtual Globe" Project has begun.|
|Oct.||"Conference for Sustainable Future: Education,IT and Natural Resources" is held in Japan.|
|Placing the spotlight on education, information technology, and natural resources, the conference discussed what can be done and what should be done for the sake of a sustainable future. |
The adopted proposals were scheduled to be reflected in "the UNESCO Action Plan for the promotion of the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development", proposed by the Japanese government and adopted at "the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg".
Two other events were also held "the Eco Youth Conference" just before the main conference and "the Symposium on the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development" on the final day of the conference.
|Oct.||Start of "the VG Secondhand Personal Computer Donation Program"|
|As part of "the Virtural Globe Project" to support environmental NPOs and NGOs, a secondhand PC donation program is started with the cooperation of NTT Corp. and Microsoft Corp. |
As the first stage, a total of 600 secondhand PCs are donated to educational institutions,including elementary, junior high, and senior high schools in Ehime, Fukuoka,and Chiba Prefectures.
|2004||Jul.||Visit to Southeast Asia|
|As part of efforts to promote the Decade of Education for Sustainable Development, proposed by Japan at the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, a viswit was made to Asian Countries to inspect project being undertaken by local environmental NGOs and NPOs.|
|Sept.||"Message from Asia on the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development" Seminar is held|
|Together with the Thailand-based Asian Institute of Technology (AIT),the GEA held a joint seminar at the AIT with the participation of representatives of NGOs and NPOs and international organizations active in Southeast Asia. |
The aims of the seminar were to hear the opinions of people involved locally from the perspective of education for sustainable development (ESD), to spread ESD as a practical activity in the Asia region, and to broaden the circle of cooperation and support from the international community by transmitting a message about the achievement of the campaign.
|2005||May||Start of Green Earth 21|
|Jun.||GEA International Eco Youth Conference in the Asia-Pacific Region|
|Oct.||GEA International Conference '05: Climate Change and Its Effect on Sustainable Development|
|Oct.||The Virtual Globe NGO Meeting:|
|2006||Jun.||Virtual Globe Environmental NPO/NGO Meeting|
|2007||Mar.||GEA Virtual Globe Environmental NPO/ NGO Evaluation Meeting|
|Oct.||GEA International Conference '07: Policy Approaches for Realizing a Sustainable Future - Building a New Framework on Climate Change|
|2008||May||"Minamata International Environmental Seminar for Realizing a Sustainable Society" is held|
|2009||Oct.||GEA International Conference '09: Promoting Technologies and Policies toward a Low-carbon Society|
|2010||Sept.||"Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biodiversity" symposium is held|
|Oct.||The Result Report at a COP10 side event|
|*1UNDPCSD = United Nations Department of Policy Coordination and Sustainable Development|
*2 COP = Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change