NEW! Biennial Report 15-16

Our Contribution to Sustainable Development


WFWP is committed to the achievement of freedom from poverty, as well as to implementing development cooperation activities based on local needs. Since 1994, WFWP volunteers have gone out into the filed to serve communities throughout the world.

Since the year 2000, as an NGO in general consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the UN, WFWP has sought to contribute to the attainment of the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which are universal goals of the international community in the 21st century. Currently, WFWP is tackling the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which were adopted in September 2015.

The MDGs focused on raising up developing countries, while the SDGs address the whole world, including developed countries. The number of goals and targets have increased to 17 goals and 169 targets. In order to achieve these goals, it is essential to harmonize the three main elements of "economic growth," "social inclusion" and "environmental protection."

The Goals and targets will stimulate action over the next 13 years in areas of critical importance: People, Planet, Prosperity, Peace and Partnership. The Five Ps.

People - to end poverty and hunger, in all their forms and dimensions, and to ensure that all human beings can fullfill their potential in dignity and equality and in a healthy environment. (Goal 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6)

Prosperity - to ensure that all human beings can enjoy prosperous and fulfilling lives and that economic, social and technological progress occurs in harmony with nature. (Goal 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11)

Planet - to protect the planet from degradation, including through sustainable consumption and production, sustainably managing its natural resources and taking urgent action on climate change so that it can support the needs of the present and future generations. (Goal 12, 13, 14 and 15)

Peace - to foster peaceful, just and inclusive societies free from fear and violence. There can be no sustainable development without peace and no peace without sustainable development. (Goal 16)

Partnership - to mobilize the means required to implement this agenda through a revitalized global partnership for sustainable development, based on a spirit of strengthened global solidarity, focused in particular on the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable and with the participation of all countries, stakeholders and people. (Goal 17)

This booklet is a summary of some of the activities carried out by WFWP volunteers from Japan and local WFWP members in 2015 for the MDGs and in 2016 for the SDGs. In order for you to understand our efforts to achieve the SDGs, we report activities according to the goals of the SDGs in this booklet. Some parts of what we have been working on for the MDGs have been adopted in our efforts towards the SDGs. Some parts that were not dealt with in the MDGs have come under the spotlight through the SDGs. We are moving our focus from the MDGs to the SDGs, implementing the tasks to be addressed, and are striving to contribute to the achievement of these goals.