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Partnership for Sustainable Development

Japan has been, and will keep working side by side with local partners all over the world,
to realize a society where no one is left behind.

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Partnership for Sustainable Development

No One Will Be Left Behind:
SDGs and Japan

At the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit held in September 2015, 193 countries agreed unanimously to adopt the aims set out in ‘Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.’
The ‘2030 Agenda’ is based on the principle of ‘No one will be left behind’ and sets out Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) consisting of 17 goals and 169 targets that are interrelated and closely linked to each other.

Japan is committed to making every effort both domestically and internationally to achieve the SDGs. To this end, Japan has established the ‘SDGs Promotion Headquarters’ that is led by Prime Minister Abe and consists of all Ministers. Prime Minister Abe expressed his conviction that Japan will take the initiative to demonstrate how to realize a rich and vibrant future through the promotion of the SDGs.

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Human Security:
Japan’s Guiding Principle

The focus on human-centered development that is embodied in the SDGs reflects the principle of ‘human security.’ ‘Human security’ is a concept that entails the pursuit of the right of individuals to live happily and in dignity, free from fear and want, through their protection and empowerment

The principle of ‘human security’ is based upon the fact that the traditional notion of ‘national security,’ whereby a country’s mission is to protect its borders and citizens, is inadequate in terms of dealing with the many challenges now facing humankind such as poverty, refugees, infectious diseases, natural disasters, terrorism, etc. In order to realize human security, Japan focuses its development cooperation on individuals – especially those liable to be vulnerable – and provides cooperation for their protection and empowerment. At the same time, Japan will make efforts so that this basic principle will be understood and accepted widely among its partner countries, international organizations, and NGOs, thereby mainstreaming the concept even further in the international community.

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Side by Side
with Local Partners

To achieve the SDGs, Japan has been working, and will continue to work, side by side with local partners in various parts of the world based on the following principles.

1. Respect for the ownerships of developing countries

Based on its own history and experience of economic development, Japan’s cooperation is aimed at self-reliant development through assistance for self-help efforts as well as dialogue and collaboration. Respect for the ownership of developing countries and reciprocal relationships with them, in which both sides learn from each other, are some of the good traditions of Japan’s cooperation.

2. Sharing Japan’s own experience

Japan draws on its own experience, expertise and technology as well as lessons learned regarding development, and proactively shares them with countries around the world. In order to eradicate poverty in a sustainable and inclusive manner and to build a resilient society, it is essential to achieve economic growth not only through infrastructure development but also though investment in education, healthcare, and disaster risk reduction, based on the principle of human security.

3. Multi-stakeholder approach

It is not enough to work just with the recipient country, but also with private business, local governments, international organizations, NGOs and a wide range of stakeholders and partners, both at home and overseas, to create measures based on trusting relationships.

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Side by Side Episodes

Side by Side

Providing Access to Quality Health Services for Everyone in Need

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In response to non-communicable diseases in many parts of Africa, Japan is working side by side with local partners to promote healthy lifestyles and realize a society where no one is left behind. Based in Kenya, for instance, a Japanese company operates local retailers which offer free health checks and fitness classes as well as health-related apps to help local communities lead healthy and prosperous lives.

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Providing Affordable, Reliable and Sustainable Energy to All

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Japan has been and will keep working side by side with local partners to promote sustainable energy for all. In Tanzania, a Japanese firm collaborates with small local retailers, using its innovative mobile app and business model. It provides access to clean energy at affordable prices to dispersed communities in rural areas, which lack access to electricity and depend on traditional kerosene lanterns potentially harmful to health. Japan invests in such innovative efforts and partnerships to achieve a sustainable society.

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Co-creating Quality Infrastructure for Sustainable Development

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Japan has been and will keep working side by side with local partners to support the needs of present and future generations. In Jakarta, Indonesia, severe traffic congestion and logistical costs have been affecting people's daily lives. Japan is working closely with Indonesia to develop the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) system to improve the transportation network. Japanese engineers have been sharing one of their tunnel boring methods - the first of its kind in Indonesia - which minimizes disruption to surface traffic during construction. Japan is also sharing with Indonesian staff its know-how to plan and operate the system without disruption.

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Sharing Japanese Experience and Solutions to Reduce Disaster Risk

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Japan has been and will keep working side by side with local partners to build safe and resilient communities. In Banda Aceh, Indonesia, in 2004, thousands of buildings and houses, as well as infrastructure, were destroyed by a tsunami all at once. To meet Indonesia’s heightened needs for disaster risk management, Japan has been working together with Indonesian communities to share its experience and know-how. Japan is committed to sharing its lessons from the past earthquakes with the international community so as to reciprocate their support and contribute to minimizing the impact of future disasters.

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Sachs and SDGs

Jeffrey D. Sachs is University Professor and Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development at Columbia University. He is the Director of the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University, and Special Advisor to U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres on the Sustainable Development Goals.

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Guiding Principle in Achieving SDGs

For many decades, Japan has played vital role pushing forward agenda of “Millennial Development Goals” and set concept of human security at heart of its development policy. Its cooperation highly emphasizes mutual respect and understanding, community empowerment and involvement between Japan and its partner countries. In this video, Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs and Professor Akihiko Tanaka will introduce the audience with story, history and underlining idea behind Japan’s international contribution.

Side by Side

Providing Access to Quality Health Services for Everyone in Need

In response to non-communicable diseases in many parts of Africa, Japan is working side by side with local partners to promote healthy lifestyles and realize a society where no one is left behind. Based in Kenya, for instance, a Japanese company operates local retailers which offer free health checks and fitness classes as well as health-related apps to help local communities lead healthy and prosperous lives.

Side by Side

Providing Affordable, Reliable and Sustainable Energy to All

Japan has been and will keep working side by side with local partners to promote sustainable energy for all. In Tanzania, a Japanese firm collaborates with small local retailers, using its innovative mobile app and business model. It provides access to clean energy at affordable prices to dispersed communities in rural areas, which lack access to electricity and depend on traditional kerosene lanterns potentially harmful to health. Japan invests in such innovative efforts and partnerships to achieve a sustainable society.

Side by Side

Co-creating Quality Infrastructure for Sustainable Development

Japan has been and will keep working side by side with local partners to support the needs of present and future generations. In Jakarta, Indonesia, severe traffic congestion and logistical costs have been affecting people's daily lives. Japan is working closely with Indonesia to develop the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) system to improve the transportation network. Japanese engineers have been sharing one of their tunnel boring methods - the first of its kind in Indonesia - which minimizes disruption to surface traffic during construction. Japan is also sharing with Indonesian staff its know-how to plan and operate the system without disruption.

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Sharing Japanese Experience and Solutions to Reduce Disaster Risk

Japan has been and will keep working side by side with local partners to build safe and resilient communities. In Banda Aceh, Indonesia, in 2004, thousands of buildings and houses, as well as infrastructure, were destroyed by a tsunami all at once. To meet Indonesia’s heightened needs for disaster risk management, Japan has been working together with Indonesian communities to share its experience and know-how. Japan is committed to sharing its lessons from the past earthquakes with the international community so as to reciprocate their support and contribute to minimizing the impact of future disasters.

Jeffrey D. Sachs

Jeffrey D. Sachs is University Professor and Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development at Columbia University. He is the Director of the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University, and Special Advisor to U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres on the Sustainable Development Goals.

Akihiko Tanaka

Akihiko Tanaka is President of the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS). Before assuming his current position, he had been Professor of International Politics at the Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia, The University of Tokyo, for many years. He served as President of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) from April, 2012 to September, 2015.