Statements and Webcast
H. E. Mr. Yutaka Banno, State Secretary of Foreign Affairs
9 June 2011
- Statement: English (Check against delivery)
YUTAKA BANNO, State Secretary for Foreign Affairs of Japan, said that under his country’s national health programme, effective health and medical systems had been established by locating health-care facilities throughout the nation and developing health human resources such as doctors, nurses and pharmacists. Japan had also realized universal medical-care insurance to enable everyone to gain access to sufficient services. Those efforts had contributed to a mother-to-child transmission incidence of less than 1 per cent, he said, adding that Japan would share its experiences with the international community.
Reaffirming Japan’s “promise to the next generation”, announced by Prime Minister Naoto Kan at last September’s High-Level Meeting on the Millennium Development Goals, he said the country would provide $5 million in assistance over five years, beginning in 2011, in contributions to the realization of health-related Millennium Goals, particularly in those areas where progress had been slow. Further, Japan had pledged to make an $800 million contribution to the Global Fund in the coming years. Noting Japan’s active bilateral and multilateral support for the efforts of developing countries, he expressed his country’s deep gratitude to the international community for its support following the “unprecedented disaster” arising out of the Great East Japan earthquake in March. “I have to tell you that the people of Japan are firmly stepping forward to rehabilitate disaster-affected regions with your kind support,” he said.