Speaking at the Rio+20 conference, Foreign Minister Koichiro Genba outlined the government's plans for supporting sustainable worldwide development.
In the 20 years since the 1992 Earth Summit, "many developing countries have achieved economic growth, newly industrializing economies have emerged, and the role of the private sector has become much larger. We must have all stakeholders unite their strengths toward the common interests."
Genba also said, "Japan would like to implement three specific initiatives to achieve sustainable development worldwide."
One is the “Future City” initiative. Genba said the Japanese government is advancing the model of urban planning "with state-of-the-art environmental sustainability, strong disaster resilience and superb livability."
Under the second initiative, Japan will organize the “Green Cooperation Volunteers,” which will involve about 10,000 experts over three years, to support the development of human resources in developing countries. Japan will also support the transition to a green economy in developing countries by providing $3 billion to them over the next three years.
The third initiative involves "cooperation to reduce risk from catastrophic natural disasters." Genba said that Japan will provide a further $3 billion in support to developing countries in the field of disaster reduction over the next three years.
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