Saitama has been promoting the E-KIZUNA Project, a project to promote the use of electric vehicles, since 2009 in order to reduce CO2 emissions in the transportation sector. One of the main pillars of the project is the hosting of the E-KIZUNA Summit to build a cooperative relationship with cities throughout Japan, and the summit has been held a total of nine times since 2010.
Meanwhile, the impact of human activity on the environment has been continuing to rise on a global scale, making stronger initiatives at the municipal level, in addition to those at the national level, even more important for the realization of sustainable cities. Therefore, in order to continue to work towards sustainable cities, we believe it is necessary to develop and expand our domestic network, fostered through the summit, to include cooperation with leading cities throughout the world. Accordingly, we have decided to hold an international summit to contribute to the decarbonization of society by strengthening our partnerships with cities and companies throughout Japan and the world through the exchange of ideas and information on effective policy and knowhow.
Our hope is to work in partnership with these cities and companies to maintain a global environment of abundant nature, in which humanity can continue to live in comfort, for our children who will be the leaders of society in the future.
The purpose of the Saitama Sustainable Cities Summit -E-KIZUNA Global Summit- is to make that dream a reality.
It is our sincere hope that the participants in this summit, including those who have participated in previous E-KIZUNA Summits, will take advantage of this opportunity learn from the discussions and success cases from throughout the world, to share their challenges and solutions for the realization of sustainable cities, and as an opportunity for launching future collaboration.
We look forward sincerely to your participation at the summit.