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Japan commits US$60.0 billion to tackle climate emergency from 2021-2025 during G7 Summit

During the G7 Summit in the UK, Japan announced it will commit ¥6.50 trillion (US$60.0 billion) from 2021-2025 to tackle the climate emergency, which would be about ¥1.30 trillion (US$11.8 billion) per year.

The funds will be used to decrease greenhouse gas emissions, support the development of renewable energies, establish preventative measures for countries impacted by climate change, and help establish basic infrastructure and develop human resources.

Press release - Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Japan prepares to provide 11 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine to 15 countries

During a press conference, Japan's Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi announced that Japan will provide 11 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to 15 countries, including Iran and Bangladesh.

AstraZeneca vaccines manufactured in Japan will be distributed through the COVAX Facility, the global initiative for fair vaccine distribution. Motegi also announced that Japan will provide an additional 1 million vaccine doses to Indonesia, Vietnam, and Taiwan.

News article – Japan Broadcasting Cooperation (in Japanese)

Japan provides US$150 million in loans to support COVID-19 response in Brazil

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed a US$150 million Private Sector Investment Finance (PSIF) Loan Agreement with Itaú Unibanco S.A., a Brazilian private financial institution, to finance Brazil’s healthcare sector and strengthen the COVID-19 response.

In Brazil, private hospitals accept low-income patients who use the Unified Health System or Sistema Único de Saúde (SUS), a free national universal health insurance system. However, private hospitals have been impacted by the decrease in outpatient and surgeries as a result of COVID-19. Brazil also imports about 50% of Brazil’s medical equipment and 30% of its pharmaceuticals, but supply has tightened due to COVID-19.

This project will support private hospitals facing COVID-19, enabling them to further conduct research and development and accept patients who come from SUS. The loans will also help provide diagnostic clinics with medical equipment and support pharmaceutical companies with production bases in Brazil.

Press release – Japan International Cooperation Agency

Japan holds meeting on global health strategy, emphasizing universal healthcare coverage, post-COVID-19 strategies

On July 9, 2021, Japan held its first 'Global Health Promotion Strategy' meeting. Members from multiple government agencies met to discuss their individual strategies and the future direction of Japan’s global health strategy.

Those included in the meeting were the Japan International Cooperation Agency; Japan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs; the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare; the Ministry of Education; the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries; the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry; the Ministry of the Environment; and the Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development.

Participants discussed topics such as the research and development of COVID-19 vaccines and treatments, creating partnerships with countries and various stakeholders, and establishing resilient universal healthcare coverage in other countries.

News article - Japan Broadcasting Corporation (in Japanese)

Press release - Prime Minister’s Office of Japan (in Japanese)

Japan will provide US$10 million for COVID-19 response and human resource development in Philippines

Japan announced that it will provide ¥687 million (US$7 million) to the COVID-19 response in the Philippines and ¥329 million (US$3 million) to increase the administrative capacity of Philippine government agencies and ministries in the development field.

The COVID-19 response funds will be used to strengthen the COVID-19 vaccine cold chain and facilitate the COVAX Facility’s efforts to ensure rapid and fair access to vaccinations.

As part of efforts to increase administrative capacity, Japan will also accept 22 young students from the Philippine government into graduate schools in Japan, to contribute to their engagement of development issues and promote relations between Japan and the Philippines.

Press release – Ministry of Foreign Affairs (in Japanese)

Japan provides US$4 million for COVID-19 response in Maldives

The Japan International Cooperation Agency provided ¥401 million (US$4 million) for the COVID-19 response in the Maldives.

The funds aim to ensure rapid and fair access to COVID-19 vaccinations by providing medical and cold chain equipment, which is used to keep the vaccines at the temperature they need to be.

Press release – Japan International Cooperation Agency

Japan’s climate resilience project for Maldives approved by Green Climate Fund

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’s Green Climate Fund approved the Japan International Cooperation Agency’s (JICA) 'Building Climate Resilient and Safer Islands in the Maldives' project.

Many of the 1,200 islands that comprise the Maldives lie about one to two meters above sea level and have been affected by coastal erosion and rising sea levels due to climate change. JICA will support the development of a national policy on Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM), which will be the basis of community-led coastal protection plans for five islands. The project will also help establish an early warning and monitoring system of waves, sea level, coral reefs, and land use.

Press release – Japan International Cooperation Agency

Japan highlights strengthening cooperation and addresses COVID-19 in Pacific Islander Countries during ninth Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting

Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, along with leaders from 18 other countries, participated in the ninth Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting, where Suga announced Japan’s Pacific Bond (KIZUNA) Policy, which will bolster Japan’s 'All Japan' approach and strengthen cooperation between Japan and Pacific Island countries.

Suga also noted that Japan will provide about 3 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to Pacific Forum Island Countries (FICs) by the end of the year through the COVAX Facility, the global vaccine initiative. Japan will also take infection control measures to host a safe and secure Olympics and Paralympics in Tokyo.

Press release – Ministry of Foreign Affairs (in Japanese)

Japan provides US$8 million for COVID-19 response in Palestine

Japan provided ¥879 million (US$8 million) for the COVID-19 response in Palestine.

The funds will be used to ensure rapid and fair access to COVID-19 vaccinations and for COVID-19 vaccine cold chain equipment, which is used to keep the vaccines at the temperature they need to be.

Press release – Ministry of Foreign Affairs (in Japanese)

Japan hosts Tokyo Nutrition for Growth Summit 2021

Japan will host the Tokyo Nutrition for Growth Summit on December 7-8, 2021. The discussion will be centered around five themes: “(1) Health: Making nutrition integral to Universal Health Coverage, (2) Food: Building food systems that promote safe, healthy diets and nutrition, (3) Resilience: Addressing malnutrition effectively in fragile and conflict-affected contexts, (4) Accountability: Promoting data-driven accountability, and (5) Financing: Securing new investments to tackle malnutrition.”

At the Summit, stakeholders from governments, international organizations, businesses, and civil society will discuss topics related to nutrition and how to address challenges in this area.

Press release – Ministry of Foreign Affairs (in Japanese)

Japan provides US$48 million for COVID-19 response and port renovation in Senegal, strengthening food security in Mali

Japan provided ¥4.9 billion (US$48 million) collectively for the renovation of Dakar's Pier Three and COVID-19 response in Senegal.

The pier in Senegal's capital city's port mainly handles cargo destined for Senegal's neighboring country of Mali. Japan will provide ¥4.4 billion (US$42 million) to renovate the pier, aiming to contribute to the food security in Mali.

Japan also provided ¥514 million (US$6 million) to improve the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine in Senegal.

Press release – Ministry of Foreign Affairs (in Japanese)

Japan provides U$9 million to strengthen COVID-19 vaccine cold chain in India

Japan announced that it will provide US$9 million to strengthen the COVID-19 vaccine cold chain, including cold-storage facilities and transportation, as part of 'Last Mile Support', through the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), in India.

These funds aim to complement the COVAX Facility's efforts in ensuring rapid and fair access to COVID-19 vaccinations.

Press release – Ministry of Foreign Affairs (in Japanese)

Japan launches US$192 million in non-guaranteed domestic bonds

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has launched ¥20.0 billion (US$192 million) in non-guaranteed domestic bonds in two tranches: ¥10.0 billion (US$96 million) with a 10-year maturity and ¥10.0 billion (US$96 million) with a 20-year maturity.

These bonds were qualified by the Japan Research Institute and were dubbed as 'Social Bonds' by the International Capital Market Association (ICMA). These bonds are expected to contribute to the UN's sustainable development goals (SDGs).

Press release – Japan International Cooperation Agency

With G7 nations, Japan sets goal to raise US$15 billion deliver financial services to women

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) set a goal to raise US$15.0 billion to deliver finical services to women as part of the 'G7 2X Challenge: Financing for Women' (2X Challenge).

The 2X Challenge was founded by development finance institutions of the G7 nations for women’s economic empowerment. The COVID-19 crisis has worsened the situation for women in emerging economies, and research shows that US$1.00 trillion could be lost from global growth if female workers hit hard by the pandemic do not return to the workforce. Therefore, with G7 nations, Japan and development finance institutions announced the goal of raising an additional US$15.0 billion by the end of 2022.

Press release – Japan International Cooperation Agency

Japan highlights importance of addressing climate emergency during 10th meeting of SDGs Promotion Headquarters

On June 22, 2021, Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato, and Minister for Foreign Affairs Toshimitsu Motegi, among others, participated in the 10th meeting of the SDGs Promotion Headquarters to assess Japan's progress on the UN's sustainable development goals (SDGs) and their relation to the climate emergency.

The meeting discussed a Voluntary National Review (VNR) based on the report titled 'Towards Achieving the SDGs in the Post-COVID-19 Era', which evaluated Japan's progress on the SDGs to date. The members of the meeting decided to present the report at the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF), which will be at the UN in July 2021.

During the meeting, Suga emphasized the importance of international cooperation in achieving SDGs and that the climate emergency is a humanitarian issue. Japan aims to be carbon-neutral by 2050.

Press release – Ministry of Foreign Affairs (in Japanese) 

Japan supports development of policies for mass transit corridors in Bangladesh

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) announced that it will support the development planning of mass transit corridors in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Due to heavy traffic, Dhaka faces chronic air pollution. While JICA has been supporting the creation of public transportation in this region, there are issues regarding unclear procedures for the application and approval of permits and difficulties coordinating across stakeholders.

JICA will help facilitate connections across various modes of transportations such as buses, formulate policies necessary for urban development around stations, and coordinate mechanisms among related organizations. This project will contribute to two Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)—Goal 11 ('Sustainable Cities and Communities') and Goal 13 ('Climate Action'). 

Press release – Japan International Cooperation Agency

Japan highlights importance of strengthening food supply chains during UN’s Food Systems Summit, open and fair trade rules

On June 18, 2021, Japan participated in the UN’s Food Systems Summit, which aims to facilitate dialogue across various stakeholders such as food companies, producers, and consumer groups.

During this meeting, Japan's State Minister for Foreign Affairs Eiichiro Washio underlined the impact that COVID-19 has had on the global food system and discussed the strengthening of food supply chains based on open and fair trade rules. A panel discussion was also held across stakeholders to discuss other issues and potential solutions.

Press release – Ministry of Foreign Affairs (in Japanese)

Japan highlights importance of strengthening supply chains, creating high-quality infrastructure, and protecting human security at Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum

Hiroshi Kajiyama (Japan’s Minister of Economy, Trade, and Industry) and Eiichiro Washio (Japan's State Minister for Foreign Affairs) participated in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum.

Washio highlighted the importance of strengthening supply chains, especially that of the COVID-19 vaccine, to help halt the spread of the virus. He also indicated that high-quality infrastructure is key to economic recovery and that Japan will implement infrastructural projects such as contributing to smart cities. Washio also emphasized the need for international cooperation in promoting human security.

Washio indicated that Japan will increase outreach on the World Trade Organization’s Trade and Health Initiative, advance negotiations with e-commerce companies, and work to formulate proposals to resolve conflict issues.

Press release – Ministry of Foreign Affairs (in Japanese)

At G7 Summit, Canada announces new support to low-income countries for COVID-19 vaccines, climate finance, and education

At the 47th G7 Summit from June 11-13, 2021, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced new financial and resource support to address inequitable access to COVID-19 vaccines, respond to the climate emergency, and support education in low-income countries.  

The resource and financial pledges included:

  • COVID-19 Vaccine Dose Sharing: Canada pledged 100 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to be shared as part of the G7 leaders’ new collective commitment to sharing more than two billion doses to the global vaccine effort. Canada is also donating 13 million doses of the vaccine through COVAX, the global vaccine initiative. The vaccine sharing is in addition to Canada’s previous contributions of CA$2.5 billion (US$2.0 billion) in international assistance to the COVID-19 crisis and CA$1.3 billion (US$1.0 billion) contribution to the Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator (ACT-A). 
  • International Climate Finance: Canada pledged a doubling of Canada’s previous international climate finance to CA$5.3 billion (US$4.2 billion) over five years—up from CA$2.7 billion (US$2.1 billion) over five years in 2015—which includes increased support for adaptation and biodiversity to support low-income countries in cutting pollution and building climate resilience. Canada also increased its grant contribution of climate financing from 30% to 40%. These new commitments are a result of the G7 leaders’ collective commitment to increase their 2030 targets to cut the G7’s collective emissions by around half compared to 2010.
  • Support for Global Partnership for Education: Canada pledged CA$300 million (US$240 million) over five years to the Global Partnership for Education. This funding will specifically support girls’ education and help strengthen education systems in low-income countries. 

Press release - Prime Minister of Canada

Press release - Prime Minister of Canada

Japan emphasizes importance of human security during UN's Group of Friends of Human Security meeting

On June 9, 2021, Japan participated in the UN's Group of Friends of Human Security meeting, which aims to reinvigorate discussions on human security at the UN. A total of 63 countries participated in this meeting.

António Guterres, UN Secretary-General, noted the importance of human security during the era of COVID-19. Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Human Security, Yukio Takasu, provided an overview of UN Trust Fund for Human Security (UNTFHS) activities.

Press release – Ministry of Foreign Affairs (in Japanese)

Press release – Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations