The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are stated as universal goals which should be addressed by people in the world in the “2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” (2030 Agenda). It was adopted by the United Nations (UN) in September 2015 in order to realize a society in which “no one will be left behind” and address a wide range of issues related to the economy, society and environment. The SDGs are challenges of global issues as well as challenges including emerging social issues facing Japan.

  Expectations for promoting science, technology and innovation for SDGs (STI for SDGs) are increasing. As Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) promotes R&D in all areas from natural sciences to humanities and social sciences, and is responsible for a variety of R&D institutions, funding agencies, universities, etc. and covers main efforts of Japan’s science and technology budget, MEXT needs to proactively engage in and contribute to the government-wide efforts for STI for SDGs.

  Therefore, MEXT formulates “Basic Policy on promotion of STI for SDGs”. In additon, MEXT puts in order the ways to contribute to the SDGs through MEXT’s STI policy measures, and formulates “MEXT STI for SDGs Package” (Package) to systematically indicate the STI for SDGs policy measures necessary to materialize contributions to the SDGs.

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(International Science and Technology Affairs Division, Science and Technology Policy Bureau)