Official Development Assistance (ODA)

June 3, 2011

On June 2-3, Japan co-hosted the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Follow-up Meeting in Tokyo, together with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), the World Bank, and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). The meeting was attended by over 100 representatives of countries, international organization, and civil society from around the world, including ministers from 24 countries and heads of seven international organizations. Prime Minister Naoto Kan and Foreign Minister Takeaki Matsumoto attended the opening ceremony to deliver the welcome remarks. State Secretary for Foreign Affairs Yutaka Banno chaired plenary meetings. During the two-day meeting, lively discussions took place among the participants on genuinely effective approaches for the international community to achieve the MDGs. Japan introduced the following development assistance models to the specialized international discussion of this kind: "EMBRACE" model for development in the area of maternal, newborn and child health and "School-for-All" model for development in the area of basic education, which were introduced at the High Level Plenary Meeting of the UN General Assembly on the MDGs.

Japan reaffirmed its resolve to faithfully implement its international commitments to achieve the MDGs, not least of them the "Kan Commitment". Japan is determined to continue to lead 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 that Japan advocates.

The participants highly commended Japan's unwavering commitments to international cooperation and hosting this meeting at this challenging time, shortly after the Great East Japan Earthquake. The meeting also provided an opportunity to begin discussion on addressing global challenges beyond 2015, the deadline for the MDGs. All these discussion culminated in the Chair's Statement, representing a meaningful contribution to the achievement of the MDGs as well as to continued efforts beyond 2015.

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