PPAP star Piko Taro performs at UN to promote development goals

He appeared at a reception hosted by the Japanese delegation and Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida on the sidelines of a U.N. political forum on SDGs, which Kishida promised Japan would implement “rigorously” for the sake of “a world that leaves no one behind.”

“The mainstreaming of SDGs is essential toward a full implementation,” Kishida said. “It is my strong desire that everyone in Japan and the world, regardless of age or gender, becomes familiar with SDGs.”

Earlier this month, Piko Taro released a promotional video to publicize the development goals in Japan, with the letters of his PPAP song repurposed as “Public-Private Action for Partnership.”

The new version underscores key concepts of the SDGs, which set numerical targets to be reached by 2030 in 17 fields including poverty, health and education. The goals were adopted at a U.N. summit in 2015.

Wearing his signature leopard-print scarf and sunglasses, Piko Taro followed Kishida’s remarks with a solo performance of the original song, then sang the revised version with schoolchildren from the United Nations International School joining him on stage.

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