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event "Inclusive Growth and Tackling Inequality: Contributions of TICAD V to the Post 2015 Development Framework"

TICAD V OFFICIAL SIDE EVENT
◆ May 31st 2013, 13:00-14:30 ◆
"Inclusive Growth and Tackling Inequality:
Contributions of TICAD V to the Post 2015 Development Framework"



Distinguished speakers with profound knowledge on African development and Post 2015 Development Framework will join us in our endeavor to put forward policy recommendations for possible solutions to these challenges.

◆ Date: 2:00 pm-3:30pm, Sat 13th October, 2012
◆ Venue: Pacifico Yokohama Annex Hall Meeting Room B (F201)
        (1-1-1, Minato-mirai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama City)
◆ Access:
  3-minute walk from Minato Mirai Station (Minato Mirai Line)
  12-minute walk from Sakuragicho Station (JR or Subway): 12-minute walk,
  7 minutes by bus or 5 minutes by taxi
  http://www.pacifico.co.jp/english/facility/accessmap.html

◆ KEYNOTE SPEECH: Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia
◆ SPEAKERS:
  1) Takehiro Kagawa, Ambassador, Director-General for Global Issues, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  2) Representative from AU Commission (tbc)
  3) Pedro Conceicao, Chief Economist and Head of the Strategies and Advisory Unit, Regional Bureau for Africa, UNDP
  4) Representative from the World Bank (tbc)
  5) Desire Assogbavi, Head of Office, Oxfam Liaison Office with the African Union
  6) Masaaki Ohashi, Chairperson, Japan NGO Center for International Cooperation (JANIC)

◆ Reservation:
  Fill in the form below by Wed, May 29th
  
◆ ORGANIZED BY:
  Ugoku/Ugokasu (GCAP Japan)
  Japan NGO Center for International Cooperation (JANIC)
  Oxfam Japan
  Save the Children Japan
◆ CONTACT:
  Yumiko Horie, Advocacy Manager, Save the Children Japan
  03-6859-6867 horie@savechildren.or.jp

◆Seminar Concept:
While there has been significant contributions of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and TICAD processes to the growth and development of Africa in the past decades, there is also a growing trend of increasing gaps within countries, with the most marginalized and the poorest excluded from economic development, and in some cases even fallbacks of MDG indicators.

Along its 3 pillars of "Robust and Sustainable Economy", "Inclusive and Resilient Society", and "Peace and Security", the major theme of attention for TICAD V appears to be on the rapid economic growth in Africa, with the focus of discussions being on private sector investment and creating business-friendly environment for promotion of economic growth. However, the question is whether Africa can avoid making the same mistakes in economic growth experienced by other developing countries in the past, and attain genuine development that benefits the people of Africa. In particular, how can the risks of increasing gaps and social instability be avoided, with the great number of people being excluded from the economic development process by institutional, political, and social discrimination, and having to bear its burden? How can policies, by which inclusive growth can be realized with protection of human rights, and the benefit of economic development shared with the most vulnerable and the poorest population, be put in place? Can TICAD V and its outcome documents, Yokohama Declaration and Yokohama Plan of Action, provide answers to these questions?

Currently, active discussions are taking place on the Post 2015 Development Framework, and the UN Secretary General's report which will inform the succeeding intergovernmental discussions will be announced at the MDGs special event of the UN General Assembly in September 2013. With inclusive growth and inequality being major themes of the Post 2015 agenda, how can TICAD V make a contribution to this global debate?

Distinguished speakers with profound knowledge on African development and Post 2015 Development Framework will join us in our endeavor to put forward policy recommendations for possible solutions to these challenges.

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