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Nurturing the democratic debate.  
23-06-2003 4:00 pm Paris - A conference-debate on the forthcoming 3rd Toyko International Conference on African Development (TICAD III) will be held at UNESCO Headquarters (Room XII) on Thursday, June 26 (3.30 p.m. - 5.30 p.m.). It will be moderated by Ambassador Seigi Hinata, who is in charge of TICAD III, and will be held at the invitation of Noureini Tidjani-Serpos, Assistant Director-General, Africa Department, and Teiichi Sato, Ambassador and Permanent Delegate of Japan to UNESCO.
The Tokyo International Conference was launched in 1993 at the initiative of the Japanese government and in cooperation with the United Nations and the Global Coalition for Africa. The World Bank is also involved in this undertaking.

This led to the adoption, at TICAD II in 1998, of the Tokyo Agenda for Action, designed to provide guidelines based on the awareness of the need of helping Africa harness the potential of its citizens and on international solidarity. Japan committed to contribute a total of US$750 million in grant aid over five years of which 697 million has already been distributed to priority areas such as peace consolidation, the development of agriculture and infrastructure, water, information and communication technologies, as well as the development of human resources through education, training and health.

To prepare for TICAD III - Tokyo September 29 to October 1 this year - three regional consultation meetings were organized in Pretoria, Nairobi and Yaoundé to take stock of each of the continent's sub-regions and define their priorities in detail.

During the conference, Ambassador Hinata is expected to review the results of these regional consultations, TICAD support for the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD), and examine the prospects for partnership between the two initiatives.

Journalists wishing to attend the conference should register with the UNESCO Press Service, Tel. 33 (0) 1 45 68 17 48

Source Media Advisory No 2003 - 58


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