Sustainable Development Goals and Japan: Sustainability Overshadows Poverty Reduction

Discussion Papers


by YAMAGATA Tatsufumi

May 2016


The Development Cooperation Charter of Japan, which took over the ODA (Official Development Assistance) Charter in February 2015, drives Japan’s cooperation towards non-poor countries and non-poverty issues. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) put Japan forward in these directions. As a result, in Japan the focus on global poverty reduction is overshadowed by its national interests and sustainability under the concept of universality, which was a core principle of the SDGs as differentiated from the Millennium Development Goals.

Keywords: Sustainable Development Goals; ODA; ODA Charter; Development Cooperation Charter; Japan; universality
JEL classification: F35, F55, O20, O53

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