As a developed nation with relatively high incomes, Japan’s path through the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) was significantly different from that of developing nations. During the years of the MDGs, the country was a significant Overseas Development Assistance (ODA) contributor. With the launch of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Japan recommitted its support for developing nations. On December 22, 2016, the day the Prime Minister’s Office approved Japan’s guidelines for implementing the SDGs, the country also announced significant support for related efforts beyond its borders.
Japan submitted its first Voluntary National Review (VNR) report to the 2017 High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) of the United Nations.