Japan
Voluntary National Review 2017
Japan’s efforts toward achieving the SDGs through PPAP, Public Private Action for Partnership

1. Fundamental Idea

Prior to the formulation of the 2030 Agenda, Japan was already implementing measures in an integrated manner to build a sustainable society through environmental, economic and social improvements. Japan has also embarked on creating an inclusive and participatory society in which every individual can achieve his or her full potential. In line with this ideal, Japan has forged ahead by reforming its relevant systems. Also, Japan has set human security as the guiding principle that lies at the foundation of its foreign assistance and has placed issues such as health, disaster risk reduction and gender equality, which are listed in the SDGs as major challenges to be addressed, at the core of its international cooperation.

Based on this experience, Japan played a leading role in the formulation of the 2030 Agenda, including the individual goals and targets.

Japan aims to become a role model for the world in the implementation of measures to achieve the SDGs and will make efforts both in Japan and in cooperation with other countries to achieve sustainable societies worldwide where no one is left behind.

2. Institutional Framework and the Implementation Guiding Principles

On May 20, 2016, the Government of Japan established a new Cabinet body called the “SDGs Promotion Headquarters”, headed by the Prime Minister and composed of all ministers. The SDGs Promotion Headquarters was established to foster close cooperation among relevant ministries and government agencies, and to lead the comprehensive and effective implementation of SDGs-related measures as a control tower.

Under the SDGs Promotion Headquarters, we have held roundtable meetings on items related to the promotion and implementation of the 2030 Agenda, attended by representatives from a wide range of stakeholders, including NGO/NPOs, academia, the private sector and international organizations. So far, roundtable meetings have been held in September and November, 2016, and we have also conducted public comments. Through these processes, the government has widely sought the opinions of citizens and has held dialogues with a range of stakeholders. Based on these discussions, at the second meeting of the SDGs Promotions Headquarters held in December 2016, we adopted the SDGs Implementation Guiding Principles, which represent Japan’s national strategy to address the major challenges for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda.

In the Guiding Principles, Japan established the following vision: “Become a leader toward a future where economic, social and environmental improvements are attained in an integrated, sustainable and resilient manner while leaving no one behind.” Besides the vision, the document includes five implementation principles and an approach to the follow-up and review processes. By restructuring the SDGs in light of Japan’s national context, it has identified eight priority areas among the goals and targets of the SDGs on which Japan should focus:

  1. Empowerment of All People (related SDGs: 1, 4, 5, 8, 10, 12)
  2. Achievement of Good Health and Longevity (related SDG: 3)
  3. Creating Growth Markets, Revitalization of Rural Areas, and Promoting Science Technology and Innovation (related SDGs: 2, 8, 9, 11)
  4. Sustainable and Resilient Land Use, Promoting Quality Infrastructure (related SDGs: 2, 6, 9, 11)
  5. Energy Conservation, Renewable Energy, Climate Change Countermeasures, and Sound Material-Cycle Society (related SDGs: 7, 12, 13)
  6. Conservation of Environment, including Biodiversity, Forests and the Oceans (related SDGs: 2, 3, 14, 15)
  7. Achieving Peaceful, Safe and Secure Societies (related SDG: 16)
  8. Strengthening the Means and Frameworks for the Implementation of the SDGs (related SDG: 17)

In the Annex to the Guiding Principles, 140 specific measures to be implemented both at home and abroad are listed together with indicators.

3.Stakeholder Engagement

The Government of Japan attaches great importance to implementing measures for the 2030 Agenda, monitoring progress, and conducting follow-up and review activities across agency boundaries and through public-private partnerships; in other words, through Public Private Action for Partnership (PPAP), in order to achieve the SDGs. It will do this in cooperation with a wide range of stakeholders, including local governments, NGOs/NPOs, academia, the private sector, international organizations and other entities, parliamentarians, scientists and cooperatives. It was to this end that the Government of Japan established the SDGs Promotion Roundtable Meetings, mentioned above, comprising a wide range of stakeholders. The roundtable meetings were held to draft the SDGs Implementation Guiding Principles as well as in preparation for the voluntary national review.

Also, a variety of efforts by other stakeholders, such as NPOs and NGOs, private companies, local governments, science community and parliamentarians at home and overseas, to promote the SDGs have started to spread. In order to further encourage the private sector to work on the SDGs, the SDGs Promotion Headquarters decided to create the “Japan SDGs Award,” which will be presented to leading initiatives by private companies and organizations during its meeting in June 2017.

On the other hand, public awareness of the SDGs is not yet sufficient. In order to promote SDGs-related measures as a national movement, it is critical to promote the understanding of every single Japanese person about the SDGs. To this end, under the leadership of SDGs Promotion Headquarters, Japan will work hard on raising public awareness through communication campaigns in collaboration with all the stakeholders.

Furthermore, in order to nurture in children, who will lead society in 2030 and beyond, the competencies to be the future creators of sustainable societies and leaders of world, we are promoting Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), as well as encouraging learning about SDGs in all settings, including schools, households, workplaces and local communities.
Focal point
Dr. Atsushi Suginaka,
Director, Global Environment Division,
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Tokyo
Partnerships & Commitments
The below is a listing of all partnership initiatives and voluntary commitments where Japan is listed as a partner or lead entity in the Partnerships for SDGs online platform
African Clean Cities Platform

The participants, who are from the governments and cities of African countries, namely Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cte dIvoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Republic of Congo, Senegal, South Sudan, Sudan, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe, and from Japan, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the City of Yokohama, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), met in Maputo, Mozambique from 25 to 27 April 201...[more]

Partners
African countries and cities (Government)
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
Aichi 2005: The first Eco-Expo

With its theme "Nature's Wisdom", Aichi 2005 aimed to emphasize the links between humanity and nature in the 21st century. It aimed to give visitors first-hand experience in cutting edge technologies, new social systems and future lifestyles that can offer solutions to the many challenges facing the world. Source: Shanghai Manual: A Guide for Sustainable Urban Development in the 21st Century (2010) Aichi 2005 was held from 25 March to 25 September 2005 in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture of Japan attracting about 22 million visitors. The organizers had set out three key objectives to assess the succ...[more]

Partners
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
APEC Project Workshop on Marine Observation and Research Towards Evidence Based Sustainable Ocean Governance

The Government of Japan is hosting this project workshop with a view to sharing good practices and knowledge on the latest maritime scientific research, observation and policy-making in APEC region with policy-makers and researchers from APEC economies and relevant international organizations. The key objectives are: (1) To share good practices and experiences of ocean policy-making for sustainable marine use based on the latest science and technology; (2) To promote networking among policy-makers, researchers and relevant stakeholders; (3) To promote capacity building for those working on...[more]

Partners
APEC RegioniOcean and Fishery Working Groupj
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
Asia-Pacific Environmental Innovation Strategy Project (APEIS)

The main objectives of APEIS include: * To develop scientific knowledge-based tools and innovative strategy options to promote informed decision-making for sustainable development, for the use of policy makers in the Asia-Pacific region as a common asset in the region * To promote regional cooperation and capacity building, so as to enable Asia-Pacific countries to formulate and implement their own policies for environmental management and protection that take into account their national circumstances, making use of the developed scientific tools and options, through participation and collab...[more]

Partners
Governments: Government of Japan - Ministry of the Environment Major Groups: Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Org (Australia) Chinese Ecosystem Research Network (China) Energy Research Institute (China) Institute of Geographical Sciences and Natural Resources Research (China) Institute of Subtropical Agriculture (ISA) (China) Policy Research Center for Environment & Economy,...[more]
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
Asian-Pacific Coastal Zone Environment Assessment

The main objectives of the CEACOZ include: * To identify major trends of environmental changes in Asian coastal zone, such as driving forces, conditions, and response to strategies and measures, * To establish scientific knowledge base for policy formulation and decision making toward sustainable development in Asia, and * To create a common platform for scientists, policy makers, NGOs and business enterprises so as to promote dialogues on coastal zone management to develop constructive and cooperative linkages among all of the stakeholders in this region, making full use of a series of the...[more]

Partners
Governments: Government Countries in Asia-Pacific region Major Groups: Beijing Normal University (China) Ibaragi Univ. - Center for Water Envt Studies (Japan) Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (Japan) Kyushu Univ.- Institute of Applied Mechanics (Japan) Mie University- Faculty of Bioresouces (Japan) University of the Philippines (Philippines) Korea-China Joint Ocean Reseach ...[more]
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
Capacity Development for Science and Mathematics Education in Africa

This initiative will contribute to expansion and enhancement of science and mathematics education in Africa, and strengthen and expand the network already formulated by JICA and African Countries. Also by the participation of ADEA (Association for the Development of Education in Africa), recommended by BEGIN (Basic Education for Growth Initiative) which introduced by Japanese Government.

Partners
Governments: Government of Japan - Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Government of Ghana - Government of Ghana Government of Japan - Japan International Cooperation Agency Government of Japan - Ministry of Foreign Affairs Government of Kenya - Government of Kenya Government of South Africa - Government of South Africa Major Groups: various () UN System: Other intergovernm...[more]
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
Chagas Disease Vector Control Initiative

Seven Central American countries and PAHO/WHO are implementing Chagas Disease Vector Control Initiative with the target to interrupt Chagas disease transmission in Central America by 2010. In this framework, Japan is contributing to achieve this target in Guatemala from January 2000. It is proposed to expand this partnership framework to neighboring countries to achieve the target launched by PAHO/WHO.

Partners
Governments: Government of Japan - Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Government of Guatemala Government of Japan Major Groups: PAHO () UN System: World Health Organization (Switzerland) Other: Other Central American Countries ()
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC)

The best opportunity to slow the rate of near-term warming globally and in sensitive regions such as the Arctic is by cutting emissions of short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) – most notably methane, black carbon and some hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). Widespread reductions, which complement the need for aggressive global action on carbon dioxide, contribute significantly to the goal of limiting warming to less than two degrees. Reducing SLCPs can also advance national priorities such as protecting air quality and public health, promoting food security, enhancing energy efficiency, and alleviat...[more]

Partners
111 Partners, 50 State and REIO, 16 IGO and 45 NGO partners (as of April 2016). Full list: http://ccacoalition.org/en/partners
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
Climate Change platform

Sustainable development of Small Island Developing StatesThe objective of this partnership is to enhance resilience to climate change and extreme weather events- This platform will serve as a repository for regional climate change information and data and will help in sound decision making.- It will help build strategic partnerships with key regional institutions promoting sharing of knowledge, lessons learnt and best practices between states and other regions as well as ensuring maximum synergies with existing initiatives.

Partners
Indian Ocean Commission, Japan International Cooperation Agency, United Nations Development Programme, WIOCC, Relevant Ministries and Departments from member states of Indian Ocean Commission and Eastern Africa, and relevant research institutions
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
CO2 Tax

Japan introduced the CO2 Tax in 2010. Source: The introduction of the CO2 Tax was called upon in the Tax Reform Outline approved by the Japanese Cabinet in December 2010. The introduction of the tax is expected to change consumption and production patterns which are not currently equitable or ecologically sustainable.

Partners
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
Cooperation to reduce risk from catastrophic natural disasters

We are resolved to help build resilient societies worldwide, with sound awareness by their members of disaster reduction.(Statement made by Koichiro Gemba, Foreign minister of Japan, delivered at United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, 20 June, 2012, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. available at: Speech by Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio + 20) )

Partners
Japan
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
Data sharing and use for contributing to SDG14 on marine biodiversity and marine debris

Enhancement of marine scientific knowledge is essential for addressing the challenges of SDG14 such as ocean acidification, marine pollution and conservation of the sea and marine resources including biodiversity. JAMSTEC has been obtaining marine physical, chemical and biological information by using research vessels, deep-sea survey systems, mooring and floats, etc. The information gathered is useful for achieving SDG14, and has been widely shared through the Internet and by other ways. For example, JAMSTEC operates BISMaL (Biological Information System for Marine Life) which collects and sh...[more]

Partners
UNESCO/IOC
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
Dispatch of Experts on Coastal and Marine Resources Management (Japanese Regional Technical Cooperation)

After Japan funded the facilities of the School of Marine Studies at the University of the South Pacific (USP) in 1998 by its grant aid, JICA has dispatched experts & volunteers in support of the School of Marine Studies. The potential of the School is high as a research & education institution in the Pacific, which holds abundant biological and mineral resources. The dispatched experts and volunteers have been assisting the School in strengthening education and research capacity for marine resources management in the Pacific region.

Partners
University of the South Pacific (Academic Institution) , the Pacific countries (Governments)
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
Enhancement of ocean observation network toward achievement of SDG14

Global ocean monitoring and scientific findings in relation to oceanic environmental changes are definitely required for sustainable development and effective usage of ocean and oceanic resources, which are at heart of SDG14. Against this background, we intend to promote the following three actions below under international collaboration: 1) Continuous global ocean monitoring by use of conventional Argo float network; 2) Enhancement of deep float network to obtain information on deep ocean, which can be directly connected to marine resources monitoring. Through this initiative, we hope to t...[more]

Partners
Argo Community, JCOMM, GOOS
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
Fisheries Conservation in the Wider Caribbean Region through FAO's Western Central Atlantic Fisheries Commission (WECAFC)

The general objective of the Commission is to promote the effective conservation, management and development of the living marine resources of the area of competence of the Commission, in accordance with the FAO Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries, and address common problems of fisheries management and development faced by members of the Commission. 16 of WECAFC's 35 members are considered small island developing States.

Partners
Member governments: Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, France, European Community, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Japan, Korea (Rep. of), Mexico, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Panama, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Spain, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom, United S...[more]
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
Fuel efficiency standard

In 1999 the Japanese government adopted fuel efficiency standards based on the Top Runner Program pursuant to the Act concerning the Rational Use of Energy (Energy Conservation Act) and has gradually tightened regulations since then.Source: Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, JapanAutomobiles account for about 90% of CO2 emissions from the transport sector. Automotive fuel efficiency has steadily improved due to active commitment by auto manufacturers, along with tax incentives and other measures. On the other hand, there is a need to discuss new automotive fuel efficiency standards for 2...[more]

Partners
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
Future City initiative

Japan will construct sustainable cities with superior environmental technologies, core infrastructure and resilience all over the world. Japan has many years of experience in advancing energy conservation and recycling. Based on that, the Japanese government is advancing the “Future City” model of urban planning with state-of-the-art environmental sustainability, strong disaster resilience and superb livability. We firmly believe this initiative will contribute to development in every country throughout the world. Japan will be holding an international conference on urban planning next year, a...[more]

Partners
Japan
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
Global Adaptation Network (GAN)

The overall objective of the Global Adaptation Network (GAN) is to help build climate resilience of vulnerable communities, ecosystems and economies through the mobilization of knowledge for adaptation.The GAN has three main areas of work:1. Improving the availability and accessibility of knowledge through online portals, global knowledge-sharing events, and knowledge products2. Building capacity for using knowledge for global adaptation policy-setting, planning and practices through training events, advisory services and institutional support3. Linking regional and thematic adaptation network...[more]

Partners
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Asian Development Bank (ADB) Japan United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Stockholm Environment Institute Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) Regional Environmental Centre for Central Asia (CAREC) The Environmental Innovators program, Keio University (Japan) Secreta...[more]
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
Global standardization of Micro X-ray Computer Tomography (MXCT) technique to quantify density of marine calcifierfs carbonate test

Marine calcifiers are one of the most abundant organisms to produce carbonate on Earth. Evaluation of their response on ocean acidification is commonly sought for worldwide as ocean acidification has progressed globally. JAMSTEC has succeeded in developing new technique to quantify the carbonate density of marine calcifierfs test using MXCT. JAMSTEC has also collaborated with domestic and overseas academic organizations to promote broadly MXCT technique as the best evaluation method for ocean acidification response of marine calcifiers.

Partners
Related research community, research institutes
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
Green Cooperation Volunteers and cooperation regarding renewable energy

Organize the “Green Cooperation Volunteers” and cooperation regarding renewable energy. All countries need to work together toward the transition to a green economy using superior energy and resource efficiency. (Statement made by Koichiro Gemba, Foreign minister of Japan, delivered at United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, 20 June, 2012, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. available at: Speech by Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio + 20) )

Partners
Japan
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
Groundwater conservation: mineral water from the tap

In cooperation with neighboring municipalities, Kumamoto City has maintained groundwater recharge levels and protected watershed forests. By protecting the natural systems and conserving Kumamoto's high-quality groundwater, the city can provide its citizens with high quality mineral water from the tap. Source: The ICLEI Case Study series Kumamoto City has carried out various initiatives to conserve its groundwater, including the adoption of the Declaration of the Groundwater Preservation City in 1976, and the installation of groundwater observation wells in 1986. As part of these efforts, the ...[more]

Partners
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
IHO Hydrography Capacity Building Programme for Coastal States

The IHO capacity building programme seeks to assess and advise on how countries can best meet their international obligations and serve their own best interests by providing appropriate hydrographic and nautical charting services. Such services directly support safety of navigation, safety of life at sea, efficient sea transportation and the wider use of the seas and oceans in a sustainable way, including the protection of the marine environment, coastal zone management, fishing, marine resource exploration and exploitation, maritime boundary delimitation, maritime defence and security, and o...[more]

Partners
International Hydrographic Organization (IGO); 87 IHO Member States (Governments); International Maritime Organization (UN); World Meteorological Organization (UN); International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (NGO)
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
Initiatives of Ministry of the Environment of Japan

The Ministry of the Environment of Japan proposes MoEJ Initiatives, "which aims to realize the future we want" through environment-focused concrete actions at regional and international levels. To achieve global sustainable development, MoEJ is working for the three goals; to create a low-carbon society to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050, a sound material cycle society based on 3Rs, and a society in harmony with nature based on the conservation of the biodiversity.

Partners
Ministry of the Environment of Japan
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
International Environmental Education Program on Micro-plastics

Micro-plastics (MP) pollution in our oceans has become one of the most serious global environmental issues, and the topic has been discussed at the G7 Environmental Ministerial Meetings. JAMSTEC and the partners propose a brand new International Environmental Education Program of MP investigation for the elementary and middle schools students to enhance their interest in and literacy about the current state of oceans, as shown in the following items. The program provides not only a package of scientific fieldwork procedures on the beach, but also global MP data sharing and visualization system...[more]

Partners
Hachinohe Institute of Technology (Japan) (Academic Institution) School of Marine Science and Technology, Tokai University (Japan) (Academic Institution) Special Education Center, Tokai University (Japan) (Academic Institution) Fisheries Science Museum of Hachinohe City Marient (Japan) (Academic Institution) Board of Education of Hachinohe City (Japan) (Government)
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
International Flood Network

The objectives of IFNet are to help break the vicious cycle of poverty, assist developing countries to achieve sustainable development and contribute to economic stability by improving the coordination and effectiveness of measures to manage flood and reduce the loss of life and property damage that they cause.

Partners
Governments: Government of Japan - Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport Government of China Government of Malaysia Government of Netherlands Government of Republic of Korea Major Groups: UN System: ESCAP/WMO Typhoon Committee (Philippines) World Meteorological Organization (WMO) (Switzerland) Other intergovernmental organizations: Asian Development Bank (ADB) (Philippines...[more]
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
Japan commits to provide $ 5 billion in five years from 2011 focus on maternal, newborn and child health.

At the Plenary of the MDG Summit Japan’s Prime Minister will launch its new Global Health Policy, which places a special focus on maternal, newborn and child health and will commit to provide $ 5 billion in five years from 2011. Under this new Policy, Japan will support the Global Strategy by implementing and advocating a package model by the name of “EMBRACE”, which intends to ensure the continuum of care from pregnancy to post natal stage. Japan also reaffirms its financial commitment made at the G8 Muskoka Summit to provide up to an additional $500 million for maternal, newborn and child he...[more]

Partners
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
Japan Paper Association's Voluntary Action Plan

In 1997, the Japan Paper Association (JPA), an organization representing Japan's leading pulp and paper manufacturing companies and covering 88 percent of paper and paperboard production, established a Voluntary Action Plan in order to reduce the industry's environmental footprint. Source: The Japan Paper Association The two main objectives in this program were to reduce fossil fuel consumption per unit of production by 10 percent from 1990 levels and increase forest plantation area by 550,000 hectares by 2010. To help meet these targets, the industry started promoting energy-efficient equipm...[more]

Partners
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
Japan-Caribbean Climate Change Partnership

The Japan-Caribbean Climate Change Partnership (J-CCCP) is designed to strengthen the capacity of countries in the Caribbean to invest in climate change mitigation and adaptation technologies, as prioritised in their Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) and National Adaptation Plans (NAPs). These technologies will help reduce the dependence on fossil fuel imports, setting the region on a low-emission development path; as well as improve the region’s ability to respond to climate risks and opportunities in the long-run, through resilient development approaches that go beyond disast...[more]

Partners
Government of Japan, United Nations Development Programme, Governments of the Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, the Republic of Guyana, Jamaica, Belize and the Republic of Suriname, Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre, University of West Indies, and United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
Japanese Technical Cooperation Project for Promotion of Regional Initiative on Solid Waste Management (J-PRISM) in Pacific Island Countries Phase II

Based on the outcomes of J-PRISM Phase I (February 2011 to February 2016), J-PRISM Phase II (February 2017 to February 2022) aims to strengthen both human and institutional capacity for maintaining sustainable solid waste management in the Pacific region through implementation of the Pacific Regional Solid Waste Management Strategy (2010-2015) (RS2010). This is a technical cooperation project.

Partners
SPREP and Pacific Countries (Independent of State of Samoa (Government), Kingdom of Tonga (Government), the Republic of Palau (Government), Federated States of Micronesia (Government), Republic of the Marshall Islands (Government), the Republic of Fiji (Government), Independent State of Papua New Guinea (Government), Solomon Islands (Government), Republic of Vanuatu (Government))
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
Lighthouses Initiative

IRENA has developed the SIDS Lighthouses Initiative to support the strategic deployment of renewable energy in SIDS, to bring clarity to policy makers regarding the required steps, and to enable targeted action. As a joint effort of SIDS and development partners, this framework for action will assist in transforming SIDS energy systems through the establishment of the enabling conditions for a renewable energy-based future, by moving away from developing projects in isolation to a holistic approach that considers all relevant elements spanning from policy and market frameworks, through technol...[more]

Partners
Antigua and Barbuda, Mauritius, Bahamas, Nauru, Barbados, Palau, Cabo Verde, Samoa, Comoros, São Tomé and Príncipe, Cook Islands, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Fiji, Seychelles, Grenada, Solomon Islands, Guyana, Tonga, Kiribati, Trinidad and Tobago, Maldives, Tuvalu, Marshall Islands, Vanuatu, Federated States of Micronesia, ENEL, New Zealand, European Union, Norway, France, SE4ALL, Germany, Uni...[more]
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
Marine environment protection through CERAC (Special Monitoring & Coastal Environmental Assessment Regional Activity Centre) of NOWPAP(North-west Pacific Action Plan)

Under the framework of NOWPAP, we take actions such as marine litter management and ocean monitoring by the use of remote sensing technologies for marine environment protection through cooperation among four member states.

Partners
China(Government), Japan(Government), Republic of Korea(Government) and Russian Federation(Government)
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
Marine litter management through TEMM (the Tripartite Environment Ministers Meeting among China, Japan and Korea)

The Ministers welcomed the first workshop on marine litter held in September 2015 in Yentai, China as a joint workshop with Northwest Pacific Action Plan (NOWPAP) and the common intention reached at the workshop for accelerating data sharing on marine litter. They also decided to hold a workshop and a working-level meeting on marine litter annually to enhance information exchange on each country's policies and research results of the three countries under the TEMM framework. Furthermore, they recognized the importance of promoting their efforts to understand the current situation on marine lit...[more]

Partners
Japan(Government), Republic of China(Government), the Republic of Korea(Government)
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
New Growth Strategy: Blueprint for Revitalizing Japan

This strategy states that "green innovation" indicates innovation in the fields of environment and energy. Source: The government of Japan is planning to carry out the following policies as green innovation policies: support for the promotion of renewable energy use, promotion of low carbon investment, application of information and communication technology, use of nuclear power, acceleration of innovate technology development, promotion of modal shift, spread of energy-saving electrical appliances, efficient supply/demand of electricity, recycling of domestic material/resource. This strate...[more]

Partners
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
New Sunshine Program

New Sunshine Program aims to develop the innovative technologies that could support the sustainable economical growth while solving energy and environmental issues. Source: UNEP, 2008, Green Jobs: Towards decent work in a sustainable, low-carbon world Japan's New Sunshine Program, established in 1992, sets renewable energy targets and leads to a net-metering law that requires utilities to purchase excess PV power. In 1994, Japan launched a Solar Roofs program to promote PV through low-interest loans, a comprehensive education and awareness program, and rebates for grid-connected residential sy...[more]

Partners
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
Pacific Environment Community Fund

In May of 2009, Pacific Island Forum Leaders met with the Government of Japan at the 5th Pacific Island Leaders Meeting (PALM 5) in Hokkaido, Japan. At the PALM 5 Summit, Leaders issued the Islanders Hokkaido Declaration which reaffirmed Leaders commitment to collaborate and cooperate on a wide range of issues.A significant part of the Declaration was the launch of the Pacific Environment Community (PEC) Fund, The PEC Fund is an initiative designed to promote the development and implementation of practical pacific-tailored approaches to combating the impacts of climate change. The Government o...[more]

Partners
Government of Japan, Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting (PALM)

Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting is a summit-level meeting which has been held every three years since 1997. Leaders openly discuss various issues that Pacific Island Countries(PICs) are facing in order to build close cooperative relationships and forge a bond of friendship between Japan and PICs. The 7th Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting (PALM7) was held in Iwaki, Fukushima, Japan, on 22 and 23 May, 2015. At this summit, under the slogan of "We are Islanders - Commitment to the Pacific from Iwaki,

Partners
Government of Japan in cooperation with Australia, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Republic of Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
Policy Committee on Innovation and Intellectual Property

The Japan Patent Office (JPO) established the Policy Committee on Innovation and Intellectual Property (PCIIP) in December 2007 to discuss desirable Intellectual Property- policies (IP) for Japan. Source: The Japan Patent Office The PCIIP recommended the establishment of a new IP system for promoting innovation that keeps pace with globalization and technological development. In order for applicants to efficiently obtain patents worldwide, the JPO has been promoting work sharing among developed nations in the area of patent examination and promoting the provision of patent examination result...[more]

Partners
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
Promotion of WTO-trade related Technical Assistance and Capacity Building

International trade plays an important role in the promotion of economic development and poverty reduction. From this perspective, we have to make efforts in providing technical assistance and promoting capacity building in order that developing countries may benefit from the multilateral trading system. * Especially, we confirmed the important role of technical assistance and capacity building in the Doha Declaration. In this regard, we will work actively to ensure the success of the Fifth Ministerial Conference in addition to the above-mentioned strategy. Expected results include: To de...[more]

Partners
Governments: Government of Japan - Ministry of Foreign Affairs Government of Egypt Other intergovernmental organizations: World Trade Organisation (WTO) (United States of America)
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
Regional 3R Forum in Asia and the Pacific / State of the 3Rs in Asia and the Pacific

In 2009, the Regional 3R Forum in Asia was established at Japans proposal as a platform for wide-ranging cooperation on promotion of the 3Rs reduce, reuse and recycle in Asia. The forum consists of central governments, international agencies, aid agencies, private sector entities, research bodies, NGOs and other relevant parties. Forum members have held high-level discussions on policies, provided support for the implementation of 3R projects in member countries and shared useful information, and are building networks for the further promotion of the 3R initiatives. Japan hosted the inaugura...[more]

Partners
UNCRD (United Nations Entity), Countries in the Asia-Pacific region (Government)
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
Sustainable Ocean Initiative (SOI)

SOI will provide a global platform to build partnerships and enhance capacity to achieve the Aichi Biodiversity Targets related to marine and coastal biodiversity in a holistic manner. This will contribute to the capacity development of SIDS from national to subnational level, and through thematic and regional cooperation initiatives) to sustainably manage their ocean and coastal biodiversity and benefit from the many environmental, social, and economic services provided by healthy marine ecosystems.

Partners
Since its inception, necessary financial resources for the implementation of SOI have been provided by Japan (through Japan Biodiversity Fund) and France (through French marine protected areas agency); in-kind contribution by Senegal, Republic of Korea, China through hosting the workshops/meetings; technical support provided by Australia (through Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Org...[more]
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
Tax mechanisms to conserve privately-owned green areas: Yokohama Greenery Plan

The City of Yokohama is a large city with 3.7 million inhabitants. Its mountain forests and farmland has decreased year by year due to urban development. To preserve precious green areas for its citizens, the city has introduced a new tax system. The city uses the revenues to conserve privately-owned green areas and their biodiversity and encourage citizens, corporations and developers to take part. Source: The ICLEI Case Study series In response to the results of a questionnaire survey with 10,000 citizens, symposiums, public comments, and reports from experts in a one-year study, the Yokoham...[more]

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The Learning and Knowledge Development Facility (LKDF)

The Learning and Knowledge Development Facility (LKDF) is a platform that promotes industrial skills development among young people in emerging economies. Working with the private sector through Public Private Development Partnerships, the LKDF supports the establishment and upgrading of local industrial training academies to help meet the labour market’s increasing demand for skilled employees, ultimately contributing to inclusive and sustainable industrial development. The long-term success of local industrial academies that partner with the LKDF is ensured through constant monitoring of eco...[more]

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Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Komatsu, Festo, Scania, The Volvo Group, Aikagroup, Government of Finland, Government of Japan, Kurdistan Regional Government Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (MoLSA-KRG), Ministry of National Education and Vocational Train...[more]
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Top Runner Program

In 1998, Japan's government initiated its Top Runner program which established energy efficiency standards for 21 products. As a result of the program, rates of energy efficiency required for 21 products have all been met or exceeded. Source: World Resources Institute (2011) A Compilation of Green Economy Policies, Programs, and Initiatives from Around the World. The Green Economy in Practice: Interactive Workshop 1, February 11th, 2011 Japan's Top Runner program sets efficiency standards for 21 products (e.g., vending machines, air conditioners, TVs) sold in Japan. On a regular basis, offici...[more]

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Transfer of know-how held by Japanese local governments in the field of addressing environmental problems

At WSSD, Japanese Government launched this partnership to contribute to sustainable development by further encouraging the sharing the know-how of Japanese local governments on environmental problems with local authorities in developing countries. This partnership also intended to promote the Kita-Kyushu Initiative adopted at the 4th Ministerial Meeting on Environment and Development held in Kita-Kyushu City in September 2000. On March 23, 2003, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan announced the "Initiative for Japan's ODA on Water" at the 3rd World Water Forum. In collaboration with the...[more]

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