EVENT 2021.02.05

Call for participation in Tokyo Democracy Forum on 15&16 Feb 2021

JANIC will host Tokyo Democracy Forum (TDF), in February 2021, as a part of HAPIC (Happiness Idea Conference).

Based on the findings of the Kathmandu Democracy Forum held in November 2020, presenters will focus on updates between November 2020 and January 2021 on human rights and democracy and the civil society response to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic to democracy in respective countries and themes.

Presenters will review and discuss progress and challenges of themes such as migrant workers, media freedom, and democratic election, focusing on each target within SDG 16+.


Day 1

14:00-15:30 JST (noon-13:30 BKK Time),
Monday 15 February 2021 

Day 2 14:00-15:30 JST (noon-13:30 BKK Time),
Tuesday 16 February 2021 
Format virtual
Participation Fee


Note: if you would like to attend other sessions of HAPIC, please purchase a ticket.


RSVP by 13 February: https://forms.gle/Eb9P3ruc3hzb1Vd77



List of presenters: 

[ Country reports ]
Dr. Md Shahid Uz Zaman,
Eco Social Development Organization (ESDO), Bangladesh

Ry Sovanna,
Cooperation Committee for Cambodia (CCC), Cambodia

Arjun Phillips,
Voluntary Action Network India (VANI), India

Haruna Kuraishi,
Japan CSO Team / Japan Youth Platform for Sustainability (JYPS), Japan

Nurzhamal Iminova,
The Civil Society Development Association “ARGO” / SHYRAK Association of Women with Disabilities, Kazakhstan

Hum Bhandari,
NGO Federation of Nepal (NFN), Nepal

Zia ur Rehman,
Pakistan Development Alliance, Pakistan

Ted Tan,
Think Centre, Singapore

Isha Miranda, 
Consortium Humanitarian Agency (CHA), Sri Lanka

[ Thematic reports ]
Dr. Gopal Krishna Siwakoti,
INHURED International

Rebecca Malay,
Global Call to Action against Poverty (GCAP)

Sinapan Samydorai,
Task Force on ASEAN Migrant Workers

Dr. James Gomez,
Asia Centre

William Gois,
Migrant Forum in Asia

Discussants and Moderators: 
Aoi Horiuchi,
Japan NGO Center for International Cooperation (JANIC)

Anselmo Lee,
Regional Coordinator, APSD (Asia Civil Society Partnership for Sustainable Development)

Masaaki Ohashi, 
Co-Chair, Japan Civil Society Network on SDGs, University of the Sacred-Heart, Tokyo

Akio Takayanagi,
Ferris University


About the Japan NGO Center for International Cooperation (JANIC):
JANIC is a network of civil society organizations (CSOs) promoting to solve global issues. We unite and support over 100 organizations to help eradicate global poverty, inequality and injustice by maximizing strengths of our members. Established in 1987 by leaders of Japanese NGOs, JANIC has provided multiple capacity building trainings to Japanese NGOs, promoted partnerships with private sectors, labor unions and local governments, as well as advocating to the government and international organization on key development issues such as SDGs, human rights-based approaches, development effectiveness, disaster risk reduction, and safety and security of NGOs. JANIC is a steering committee of Asia Development Alliance (ADA) and a member organization of Forus, CIVICUS, CPDE, and A4SD.