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Japan to give awards for corporate, civic contributions to U.N. SDGs

  • June 9, 2017
  • , Kyodo News , 11:34 a.m.
  • English Press

TOKYO — The Japanese government will set up a scheme to give awards to companies and organizations that contribute to advancing the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals, aimed at improving development around the world, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Friday.


“We want to actively unearth excellent initiatives by further incentivizing (such activities),” Abe said at a meeting.


Abe, Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida or other top officials could give the awards to companies, civic groups and local authorities starting this year.


The SDGs, adopted at a U.N. summit in 2015, set numerical targets to be reached by 2030 in 17 fields including poverty, health and education.


Kishida is set to explain Japan’s efforts at a high-level political forum next month at U.N. headquarters in New York, at which each country will report their activities.


Abe is also expected to give an update at the U.N. General Assembly in September.

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