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UNDP has been co-organizing the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) which was initiated in 1993, with the Government of Japan, and has since then grown into a key high level policy forum for African development. UNDP has consistently supported the successful expansion and evolution of the TICAD process, and provided critical support in substantive, programmatic, technical and operational areas.
TICAD 7 co-organized by the government of Japan, AUC, UNOSAA, World Bank and UNDP in August 2019, showcased the successful consolidation of partnerships between Japan and African countries. Japan welcomed around 10,000 representatives from 53 African Union Member States, including 42 Heads of States, regional and international organizations, private sectors of both Africa and Japan, parliamentarians, civil society organizations and development partners from around the world. The discussions centered on the theme of “Advancing Africa’s Development through People, Technology and Innovation”. The summit adopted two outcome documents, the Yokohama Declaration and the Yokohama Plan of Action 2019, which consists of the three pillars: 1) Accelerating economic transformation and improving business environment through innovation and private sector engagement; 2) deepening sustainable and resilient societies; and 3) strengthening peace and stability.
The Yokohama Plans of Action outlines actions expected to be implemented by the TICAD partners in order to promote focus areas of the three main pillars of the Yokohama Declaration. The Plans of Actions is composed of; A) Focus Area, B) Actions, C) Actors, D) Measures/Initiatives, and E) Expected outcomes. The TICAD stakeholders are encouraged to provide theirs inputs at voluntary basis. This would enable the TICAD technical joint monitoring committee to stock-take, monitor and report the achievement made in line with the objectives of TICAD 7.
UNDP as a co-organizer is committed to continue supporting the implementation of TICAD 7 priority actions. Especially, the monitoring and stock-taking of progress toward TICAD 8 will be critical. Using the Rusutlts Based Monitoring and existing monitoring tools, UNDP will assess and design the monitoring mechanism best fit for the Yokohama Plan of Action 2019, in close collaboration with other co-organizers.
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