UNICEF public sector partner
For decades, Japan has been one of UNICEF’s largest donors and strongest supporters. Its long-standing partnership has enabled UNICEF to save the lives of millions of children and young people across the world. As the world grapples with complex challenges like poverty, inequality, and climate change, our collaborative efforts embody a shared commitment towards the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Japan's Official Development Assistance (ODA) aligns with UNICEF's equity approach, recognizing that empowering the most vulnerable is key to achieving human security. Such alignment has been instrumental in enabling us to address critical areas of focus, like education, health, gender, and disaster risk reduction. As we invest in the future generations, we celebrate a partnership that promises to leave no child behind.
Our joint work extends across various areas, from the nurturing of healthy societies to responding to humanitarian crises. In particular, Japan's commitment to universal health coverage and managing infectious diseases mirrors our dedication to protecting the rights of every child to basic health services. Japan’s initiative of 'Last One Mile Support,' which ensures the delivery of immunizations and cold chain equipment to even the most marginalized communities, resonates deeply with UNICEF’s mission.
Moreover, our shared emphasis on the humanitarian-development-peace nexus, illustrated by Japan's significant contributions for Middle East stabilization, allows us to collaboratively work towards a seamless transition from humanitarian to development assistance. In 2022 alone, UNICEF delivered life-saving supplies and services to nearly 50 million children, their families and communities in 64 countries with support from the Government of Japan.
UNICEF's engagements with Japan span across numerous departments and agencies, fostering a collaborative ecosystem that advances our common objectives. The Global Issues Cooperation Division of Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, our direct counterpart, plays a pivotal role in driving the country's SDG-focused policies. Moreover, our cooperation with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), one of the world’s largest bilateral development agency, reflects the power of alliances in combating global challenges. Notably, the Memorandum of Cooperation between JICA and UNICEF has established a strategic framework for increased partnership, with particular emphasis on conflict-ridden and fragile countries where JICA's field presence and scalability are limited.
Japan’s regular resource support has been instrumental during humanitarian responses, exemplifying the true spirit of our partnership. Their dedication to the Human Security concept aligns with our equity approach, reinforcing our collective efforts to protect and empower all people and communities. The collaborative response to COVID-19, where Japan has committed over $5 billion globally since 2021, stands as a testament to our joint commitment to overcoming adversity. We continue to strengthen our partnerships with influential stakeholders in Japan, including the Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Health, recognizing their pivotal role in budget allocation for ODA. Together, we ensure that the critical role and operational capacity of UNICEF are understood and recognized, solidifying the foundation for continued joint humanitarian and development assistance.
2022 contributions to UNICEF
Regular Resources: US$19 million
Other Resources (regular): US$33 million
Other Resources (emergency): US$146 million
Total: US$199 million