Abe vows to support ASEAN in environment

Jiji Press MANILA (Jiji Press) — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Tuesday that his country will provide support in the fields of the environment and welfare to help Southeast Asia achieve U.N.-set Sustainable Development Goals.

Abe made the comments in a meeting in Manila with leaders from Association of Southeast Asian Nations member countries, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and South Korean President Moon Jae In.

SDGs were adopted at a U.N. General Assembly meeting in 2015, aimed at achieving sustainable global growth by reducing poverty and gaps in society.

Abe said Japan will help ASEAN’s environmental preservation efforts through support to infrastructure and other related projects in the region.

He also sought to realize a society in Asia in which people can live healthy and long lives. For this goal, Japan will support elderly welfare and human resources development projects, he said.

The prime minister said that under the concept of building a free and open Indo-Pacific region, Tokyo will contribute to bringing the region closer together through support to infrastructure and human resources development.

Abe also said the international community should maximize pressure on North Korea to lead the country into a situation in which it wants to hold talks on abandoning its nuclear and missile programs.Speech

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