On December 21, 2020, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga met with state and parliamentary ministers for the ninth meeting of the promotion of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) followed by the fourth 'Japan SDGs Award' ceremony.
There has been great concern about possible delays in achieving the SDGs due to the COVID-19 crisis. In order to overcome the setbacks due to the pandemic, an 'SDGs Action Plan 2021' was discussed to:
- Prepare for infectious disease outbreaks;
- Make improvements in business and innovation to bring about behavioral changes in society;
- Revitalize the region through the creation of a more harmonious relationship between economy and environment; and
- Accelerate action through strengthened cooperation.
The total budget the government has planned for carrying out these goals is approximately ¥6.5o trillion (US$61.8 billion).
At the Japan SDGs Award ceremony, several companies and organizations were awarded for outstanding domestic and international efforts towards the achievement of the SDGs.