July 18, 2017 9:27 am JST

Japan to give $1 billion in assistance to help children

Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida announces a plan to provide $1 billion in aid for children and youth on July 17 at the United Nations.

New York (Kyodo) -- Japan's Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida announced Monday that Tokyo will contribute $1 billion over two years through March 2019 to assist children and youth.

"Today, I am pleased to announce that the government of Japan commits to provide 1 billion dollars of assistance by 2018, focusing on children and youth, particularly in the areas of education, health, disaster risk reduction and gender equality," he said at a U.N. high-level political forum being held on sustainable development.

Kishida is among top-level officials from around the world who have gathered to discuss ways to promote the so-called sustainable development goals. They are a set of 17 goals adopted by U.N. member states in 2015 as part of a global action plan.

The goals include ending poverty, protecting the planet and ensuring prosperity for all. Each of the goals has specific targets that are set out to be achieved by 2030. This year's meeting is centered on the theme of eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity.

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