The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Follow-up Meeting

June 3, 2011

  1. On Thursday, June 2, and Friday, June 3, the Government of Japan hosted the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Follow-up Meeting in Tokyo, co-hosted by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), the World Bank, and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). Prime Minister Naoto Kan and Minister for Foreign Affairs Takeaki Matsumoto attended the opening ceremony to deliver the welcome remarks. State Secretary for Foreign Affairs Yutaka Banno chaired Plenary Meetings 1 and 2.

  2. This meeting was announced by Prime Minister Kan at the United Nations High-level Plenary Meeting on the MDGs (UN MDGs Summit) held in New York in September 2010 to be convened as a follow-up to the UN MDGs Summit. The meeting was attended by over 100 representatives of countries, international organizations, and the civil society from around the world, including ministers from 24 countries and 7 heads of international organizations.

  3. At the meeting, Japan reaffirmed its resolve to faithfully implement its international commitments, beginning with the "Kan Commitment" for the achievement of the MDGs. During the two-day meeting, lively discussions took place among the participants on genuinely effective approaches for the international community to achieve the MDGs. The international challenges beyond 2015 were also discussed given that the deadline for the MDGs is 2015. These discussions culminated in an outcome document, representing a meaningful contribution to the achievement of the MDGs.

  4. The participants of the meeting highly commended Japan's unwavering commitment to international cooperation for hosting this meeting at this challenging time, shortly after the Great East Japan Earthquake.

  5. Japan is resolved to continue leading the international discussions on global challenges, including the MDGs, in cooperation with relevant countries and organizations based on the concepts of human security and equity advocated by Japan and shared with the participants at this meeting.
    • (*This is a provisional translation. The above date denotes the date of the issue of the original press release in Japanese.)