UK and Japan join Hands to shape 21 Century

The UK and Japan will announce an ambitious programme with an initial funding of £30m to boost innovation, create high-skilled jobs and improve people’s quality of life. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will meet Prime Minister Theresa May for their first talks in Downing Street, following her successful visit to Tokyo and Kyoto last year. For the first time British and Japanese researchers and industry experts will work side by side on projects to tackle the Grand Challenges identified … [Read more...]

Toyota announces recipients of its Environmental Activities Grant Program

Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) has announced 27 projects as grant recipients of the Toyota Environmental Activities Grant Program. In the 19 years since its introduction in 2000, a cumulative total of 387 projects in 54 countries and regions have received this grant. The program was introduced to commemorate Toyota winning the Global 500 Award1 in 1999, and forms part of the Toyota Environmental Challenge 20502 (announced in 2015) as Challenge 6: the Challenge of Establishing a Future … [Read more...]

EU provides €191.6 Million to promote Agri-Food Products at Home and Abroad

The European Commission adopted the 2019 promotion policy work programme with €191.6 million to be made available for programmes selected for EU co-financing. The 2019 programmes for the promotion of EU agri-food products will focus primarily on markets outside the EU with the highest potential for growth. €89 million will be allocated to campaigns in high growth countries such as Canada, China, Colombia, Japan, Korea, Mexico, and the United States. Some of the money will be earmarked to the … [Read more...]

Japan Sports Agency and Gates Foundation announce Partnership to achieve SDGs

The Japan Sports Agency and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have announced partnership to use the power of sport to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Japan Sports Agency and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation today announced a new partnership to utilize the momentum of the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 to increase awareness of, and participation in, the (SDGs). Launching in 2019, the “Our Global Goals” project will bring together Japanese and global … [Read more...]

EU pledges €300 Million for Clean, Healthy and Safe Oceans

At the 5th edition of Our Ocean conference, the European Union makes 23 new commitments for better governance of the oceans. The European Commission has announced €300 million of EU-funded initiatives, which include projects to tackle plastic pollution, make blue economy more sustainable and improve research and marine surveillance. High Representative/ Vice-President, Federica Mogherini said, "The state of our oceans calls for determined global action. With 23 new commitments, the European … [Read more...]

Worldwide Organisations join hands to implement Childcare Support

Members of the World Group and thirty organisations from across the world including the ILO, UNICEF, Goldman Sachs, and Bright Horizons have come together under an initiative led by International Finance Corporation  to develop guidelines for companies to implement childcare support. IFC’s focus on removing barriers, including lack of childcare, for greater access to more and better jobs for both women and men is embedded in the World Bank Group’s gender strategy and IFC’s vision of creating … [Read more...]

Western Nations express concern on major crackdown on NGOs in Pakistan

Western nations, including the United States and European countries, have expressed "serious concerns" about a crackdown on aid groups. At least 18 international aid agencies, most of them working on human rights issues, were ordered to leave Pakistan over recent months after being refused registration. The countries have written a letter to Khan, saying the groups did not get a proper explanation for why the government had ordered them out and they criticized a "lack of transparency"in the … [Read more...]

Let’s Do It Foundation announced as laureate of UNESCO-Japan Prize for its Clean-Up Movement

The Let’s Do It Foundation has been announced as one of the laureates of the UNESCO-Japan Prize on Education for Sustainable Development for its international projects “World Cleanup Day” and “Keep it Clean”. The Foundation will receive the prize, which rewards the three winners with USD 50,000 each, at a special ceremony at UNESCO Headquarters, Paris. The Let's Do It Foundation global movement started with the simple idea of inspiring individuals in Estonia to change their attitude to picking … [Read more...]

AfDB grants US$2 Million to boost Jobs for Youth in Africa Initiative

Fund for African Private Sector Assistance (FAPA) of African Development Bank (AfDB) has provided funds totaling nearly US $2 million to its Jobs for Youth in Africa initiative. The African Development Bank’s Fund for African Private Sector Assistance (FAPA), has provided funds totalling nearly US $2 million to its Jobs for Youth in Africa initiative. FAPA, of which the Government of Japan is a major donor, along with the Austrian Government and the African Development Bank, will contribute … [Read more...]

JANP announces ‘Japan Social Enterprises/NGOs Directory’ and ‘Outlook of Japan’s Social Sector’

Japan Association of New Public (JANP), the organization who realizes collective impact model of solving social issues has announced the launch of "Japan Social Enterprises/NGOs Directory" and also issued "Outlook of Japan’s Social Sector" It is the first comprehensive list which includes the introduction of innovative activities of problem-solving that Japanese NPOs are putting into practice. The unique approach to solve the social issues like a declining birth and aging population could be … [Read more...]