American billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates has announced a partnership with the organisers of Tokyo 2020 in a bid to help achieve a range of global social objectives set out by the United Nations (UN).
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) initiative consists of a range of targets for issues including poverty, climate change, education and discrimination.
In all, there are 17 SDGs outlined by the UN which it says are required to achieve a sustainable future – with a target of securing each objective by 2030.
Gates’ partnership with Tokyo 2020, along with the Japan Sports Agency, will aim to utilise the global reach of the Olympic Games to raise awareness of the UN scheme, which the philanthropist currently contributes towards through his family foundation.
At a news conference, Gates insisted Japan should continue to invest in aid and development projects to become a world leader in the field, especially with an Olympic Games on the horizon.
“The sports community in Japan is fast approaching an exciting moment, as the eyes of the world will be on Tokyo as the Olympics get nearer,” said the Microsoft founder.
“The opportunity for Japan is, even in a time when many countries are turning inward, to continue to say that we need to help those that are not doing as well.
“The whole world loves sports and we have to be creative in how we take those amazing achievements and use that to remind people that there are some who are facing big challenges.”
Tokyo 2020 president Yoshiro Mori added: “This collaboration reflects our Games vision, and we hope the active participation of athletes in their projects after the Games will become one of Tokyo 2020’s legacies.
Further details of the partnership will be revealed at its official launch in 2019.