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JANIC co-host a symposium on MDGs with Ugoku/Ugokasu (GCAP Japan) during the Civil Society Policy Forum at the Annual Meetings of IMF/World Bank in Tokyo.In order to attend this symposium, you must have an accreditation for the Annual Meetings.

From "MDG 1" to "Inclusive Economy" - A Civil Society Proposal for the Post-2015 Agenda
A Symposium in Civil Society Program at the Annual Meetings of IMF/World Bank

Date: 2:00 pm-3:30pm, Sat 13th October, 2012
Venue: Tokyo International Forum,
     Room TFB2 - 251 → D1
Language: Japanese and English
        (simultaneous interpretation provided)
Japan NGO Center for International Cooperation (JANIC), Ugoku/Ugokasu (GCAP Japan)
Phone: 03-3834-6902 Fax:03-3834-6903 E-mail:
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Sponsor: World Conference of Religions for Peace Japan Committee

The purpose of this seminar is to share and learn from the experiences of civil society and local communities that provide us some lessons in relation to the reduction of poverty and hunger (MDG1), and to attempt to give some real-life definition to the concept of "inclusive growth and employment", which is one of the new "buzz words" dominating the development discourse and one that could shape the Post-2015 agenda.

The World Bank recently stated that the MDG1 has been achieved at the global level, but in low income countries enormous population are left behind in extreme poverty and hunger. Even in middle income countries, wider economic disparity and unemployment plague their prospects for broad-based growth and social cohesion. It therefore seems right that "inclusive growth and employment" are climbing up the agenda ladder, but the term seems to be endorsed by many actors without concrete definitions established and shared.

This seminar will showcase existing civil society and local community experiences North and South that seem to offer practical insights into and policy implications for "inclusive growth and employment". The examples presented will include "NREGA", the Indian public system designed to secure employment in rural contexts, efforts of cooperative unions in East Asia, and activities for gender equality.

Opening Remarks: Mr. Masa'aki Ohashi, President, JANIC (Chair of the session)
Presentation 1: Inclusive growth as an agenda of Post-2015 development goals (Mr. Masaki Inaba, Ugoku/Ugokasu)
Presentation 2: National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) and inclusive economy (Dr. Vinood Raina, India)
Presentation 3: The Role of cooperatives for poverty eradication (Mr. Shinji Yamamoto, Pal-System Co-op)
Presentation 4: Gender equality and inclusive economy (Ms. Asako Osaki, Gender Action Platform, Japan)
Presentation 5: Rural development and empowerment of women (Dr. Lao Kin Chi, Hong Kong)
Interactive dialogue session (Questions and answers)
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