There are increasing concerns over the future of the world regarding global health, environmental catastrophe, social injustice, and poverty. The need for increased sustainable development is evident.
Climate change hits hard, poverty gaps increase, and some communities face disaster. The UN, among others, have made it clear that developed countries and economic leaders need to take control.
Nations with the wealth, power, and technology to make a difference have a responsibility to do so. One of the nations with the spotlight thrust upon them here is Japan. Many feel that Japan is best positioned to make a considerable difference.
Sustainable development is a must in the developed world to avoid global disaster.
There is a crucial need for improved sustainable development through the economic, social and environmental measure. There are growing concerns over inequality in many nations, both developing and developed.
There are 1 billion people currently living in extreme poverty, but while many are in Africa, there is also a large class gap in America. This equates to 15% of the global population. There is also the growing threat of environmental disaster, through climate change, sea levels rising, pollution and much more.
There has to be the understanding among the developing nations that sustainable development in any country requires a multi-pronged attack. This means different ventures in different industries.
Clean energy provision and emission reduction is a good start. However, there has to great development in areas such as low-energy appliances green building and construction, material production and waste management.
This is where Japan can help. Their economic, social and technological status puts them in the best position to lead.
Japan can help with global sustainable development through clean energy production and new technology.
The starting point here is to look at other forms of energy. There is no way that Japan can continue to rely on coal, just as no other developing nation can continue to ignore wind or solar.
Japan needs a strong energy strategy in place. One initiative here is deep decarbonization. This is to move the global economy away from fossil fuels towards low-carbon energy and green innovations.
Japan also needs to take advantage of its reputation as a leader in the East-Asia area for patents in new technology. This area includes Japan, China, and South Korea.
Japan should already be at the forefront of a technological green revolution. They are already seen as one of the global leaders in technological advancements. They just need to push this further to show that they are the best nation to turn to for innovations.
Green technology also means green transportation. Hybrid cars with decreased carbon emissions, electric cars, and any vehicle with some smart tech to minimize the users’ carbon footprint.
This should be another area where Japan are ahead of the game. This is the home of Toyota, one of the leading manufacturers of hybrid cars.
If any country is to create the best, most efficient green car in the world, it should be Japan. Naturally, everyone tends to turn to the US and Tesla as the leading figure in green transportation.
This is a little embarrassing for any country that questions America’s place in the fight against global warming. It would not take that much for Japan to turn the tide.
However, it is wrong to place the responsibility here solely on the shoulders of Japan as a single nation.
While there is much that they can do to work towards national targets, there is also the potential of a regional partnership.
Countries that have a purely insular approach may not see the bigger picture of environmental issues, climate change, and sustainable development. This why it is crucial that there is further development of this Northeast Asian region mentioned above.
If Japan, China, and South Korea work together on shared interests, and shared economic potential, this can be nothing but a positive thing. The East Asia area is now the world’s largest economic group. It would be great for the environment if they can develop this with green interests at their core.
There are potential obstacles in the way here if these nations are to build a sustainable model, especially one, that incorporates all these countries in a fair, beneficial way.
There is a strong desire for ethical business practices that go into the creation of these green products and tech. The problem is that some big companies in China and Japan may take advantage of poorer nations in the East Asia region, such as Cambodia and Laos.
Their resources and labor could be to easily seen as a cheap source of minimal reward for locals. Worst still, child labor, and other unethical practices could go under the radar.
This is where the UN can help.
Schemes like the Millennium Village Project can provide support to major companies in the sustainable development and fair practice. This means working with these giants to not only create green tech but to use their skill to help those more disadvantaged.
In addition to this, the UN created the Sustainable Development Solutions Network. This is a collection of leading organizations from NGOs and charities to universities and businesses. The Millennium Development Goals were also redeveloped after the 2015 deadline for a new period up to 2030.
Here there is a big focus on sustainable development. Japan is now expected to play a big part in that, alongside the US, China, and EU.
A strong partnership between the UN and Japan could see the East Asia region meet its sustainability goals in some interesting ways.
The focus on green tech is just the start when it comes to meeting needs for truly sustainable development. There has to be that reach into economic, social and environmental initiatives.
With the right relationships and ideas – both on a business and multi-national level – the region could work to reduce social inequality, poverty, and climate change.
Japan can be the leading force here. It has the tech, the power, and the status – it just needs to push further.