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Mission and History
Japan Center for a Sustainable Environment and Society (JACSES) is an NGO dedicated to achieving sustainable development and social justice in the society. We broadly engage the general public and experts in research, policy advocacy, and awareness-raising.

Our Mission
Our mission is to achieve environmental and social justice through policy research and advocacy. We facilitate change through:

・ policy- and practice-oriented research
・ independent policy advocacy to protect the interests of vulnerable people
・ awareness-raising that highlights individual voluntary action

Our Goals
JACSES, broadly engaging citizens and experts, is aimed to promote social and environmental justice in Japan and beyond.

To solve global-scale problems, such as environmental problems, resource scarcity, poverty, economic disparity and human rights violations, requires not only immediate responsive actions once the problems occur, but also change of the social structures that taps the root cause of the problems.

Our History
At the 1992 Earth Summit held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Japan’s delegates first brought up the idea of an independent NGO/think tank for environmental policy research and advocacy. This led to the establishment of JACSES in June 1993.

Currently, JACSES’ activities are centered around the Sustainable Development and Aid Program (SDAP), which is aimed at improving Japanese government’s development aid projects in developing countries; the Green Tax Reform, which advocates the introduction of fiscal instruments (such as carbon taxes and emission trading schemes) to address environmental problems, as well as the integration of environmental concerns into economic activities; and climate change, which advocates a comprehensive approach to climate policy reforms.

Annual Reports
Annual Reports are available on Japanese page.

1993 Jun. JACSES established
Oct. Published "Citizens' Guide to Post-Earth Summit Follow-up"
1994 Mar. Published "Survey Report on Earth Summit Follow-up Activities"
Apr. Initiated survey of international situation of Earth Summit follow-up activities
Nov. Published "Living Together on Earth: Farewell to Over-consumption"
1995 Jan. Published "International Situation Concerning Climate Change"
Feb. Published "Current Situation and Issues of the UN Committee on Sustainable Development (UNCSD)" (J'se)
Publication of "Trade, Environment and Sustainable Development"
Apr. Initiated Sustainable Development and Aid Program (SDAP)
May Participated in the NGO strategy meeting for organization of "NGO Forum on the ADB"
Initiation of <Living Together on Earth: Calculating Environmental Capacity> project
Jun. Initiation of a comparative international study of environmental policy in Official Development Assistance (ODA)
Publication of the first of JACSES' Briefing Paper Series, "Sustainable Development and International Assistance" (The Briefing Paper Series, or BPS, is now a quarterly publication)
1996 Mar. Published "Current International Situation Concerning the Biodiversity Treaty"
Sep. Published "Environmental and Sustainable Development in Official Development Assistance since the 1992 Earth Summit" (Eng.)
Nov. Organized an NGO workshop on Multilateral Development Bank (MDB) reform
Dec. Organized a seminar, "Five Years from the Earth Summit: Toward a sustainable Society" (at Tokyo/Asia YMCA Youth Center)
1997 Mar. Published the report on above-mentioned seminar (J'se)
Published "Environmental Considerations in ODA and Sustainable Development"
Organized "Living Together on Earth: Environmental Capacity Workshop," at meeting room of Environmental Partnership Office, Tokyo.
Apr. Initiation of the <MoF-NGO Regular Consultation>. JACSES becomes the secretariat for the NGO side.
May Participated in 30th ADB (Asian Development Bank) annual meeting, held in Fukuoka city.
Published an NGO press-kit, for domestic and foreign NGOs.
1998 Feb. Organized the international seminar, "Current State and Issues Toward Sustainable Production/Consumption Patterns," at Tokyo Youth Olympic Center.
Oct. Published a report on the above seminar
1999 Feb. Organized the international seminar, "The Path to Sustainable Energy in Asia," at Tokyo Youth Olympic Center.
Initiation of the Green Tax Reform Program
Jun. Published "Environmental Capacity Research and Calculation: Toward the Realization of a Sustainable, Earth Citizens Society"
Oct. Publishd seminar report, "The Path to Sustainable Energy in Asia"
Nov. Organized an open study group on "Green Finance," at Tokyo International Cooperation Plaza.
2000 Oct. Published "Taxation and Finance: From an Environmental Perspective"
2001 Mar. Organized the international seminar, "Thinking About Taxes and Finance from the Environmental Perspective,"
May. Organized the international seminar, "Aid and Accountability"
2002 Aug. Organized the international seminar, "Crisis of Rio+10,"
2003 Mar. Organized the international seminar, "Green Tax as a Trump Card"
Aug. Certified as Specified Nonprofit Organization (NPO)
Aug. Organized the seminar & workshop, “Week of Sustainable Development and its Finance”
2004 Jul. Published “Environmental Taxes: Green Tax Reform and a Sustainable Welfare Society
2005 Apr. Launched the Climate Change Program before the commitment period on the Kyoto Protocol began (2008)
Feb. Published discussions papers, "The Examination of Local Environmental Taxes" and "The Current Situation of Forest and Water Source Environmental Tax"
2006 Apr. Published "The Essence of Globalization and Local Efforts"
2007 Sep. Organized a workshop titled "How to Increase the quality of CDM Activities"
2009 Feb. Organized a symposium, "Domestic Emission Trading Scheme and the allocation of carbon credits: experience of companies"
Apr. Published "Carbon Market & CDM"

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