Hokkaido University Public Policy School (HOPS), commonly known as "HOPS", is a professional graduate school that aims to train "experts and professionals who are responsible for planning, drafting, implementing, and evaluating public policy and public services."

As you know, the SDGs are the 17 goals and 169 targets listed in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which was unanimously adopted by all member states at the United Nations Summit held in September 2015. That's it. By doing so, policy makers and governments in Member States have made an international commitment to strive to realize and achieve these goals and targets. Under global policy coordination, we will work to solve pressing global issues. However, policy goals that policy makers and governments should be aware of are not limited to "sustainable development." Although it is a big goal of high importance, it is only one of many policy goals. And there is no guarantee that multiple policies, guided by multiple goals, will naturally harmonize.

Many of the courses offered by HOPS are deeply related to the SDGs. However, the Graduate School of Public Policy is a place to study public policy broadly, and what is handled there is not limited to SDGs-related policies. Nonetheless, I am proud that HOPS is a sufficiently attractive graduate school for those who aim to realize and achieve the SDGs as highly specialized professionals in the field of public policy. Please take a look at the HOPS website.