Japan's Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida is leaving for New York to take part in a UN meeting for sustainable development and the eradication of poverty.
He will participate in the 3-day ministerial meeting at the UN headquarters starting Monday.
Ministers from around 40 countries will present national reviews on their efforts toward Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs. These are set up to eradicate poverty and reduce income disparity.
Kishida will explain the Japanese government's joint activities with the private sector and local governments to provide support for developing countries. He also plans to talk about Japan's policies to support young people.
He has invited comedian and songwriter Pikotaro to a reception hosted by Japan for government officials from around the world. The PPAP singer will help promote the campaign to raise awareness.
Kishida also hopes to meet with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to talk about North Korea and Japan's position on nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation.