In September 2015, the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit was held at U.N. headquarters. This Summit culminated in the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a collection of goals for the international community to work together to achieve by 2030. The SDGs are an important guideline for the elimination of poverty and the realization of sustainable growth by 2030. They emphasize the importance of global partnerships among all parties working to achieve them.
Sustainable Development that comprise of
17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets.
End poverty in all its forms everywhere
End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
Reduce inequality within and among countries
Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss
Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels
Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development
There are strong expectations that science, technology and innovation (STI) can help achieve the SDGs by providing the scientific grounding for resolving the various challenges concerning sustainability that humanity faces today and for making better policy decisions. The JST is proactively engaging with activities to further the SDGs in Japan while utilizing its wide range of functions, including think-tank functions, R&D, industry-academia collaboration, next-generation human resource training, and scientific communication. See here for more details of policies and initiatives.https://www.jst.go.jp/sdgs/en/actionplan/index.html
The SATREPS program is conducting numerous projects in the fields of Energy and Environment, Bioresources, Disaster Prevention and Mitigation, and Infectious Disease Control, and is contributing to the SDGs through the results of this research, their application in society, and human resource development. Researchers from Japan and developing countries are also engaging with global issues to discover new knowledge and technologies with real-world applications in light of local needs, and thus contributing to the international community that is working towards sustainable development with a view to achieving the SDGs.