The Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) is an international conference led by the Japanese government and co-sponsored by the United Nations, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the African Union Commission (AUC) and the World Bank. TICAD 7 was on 28 -30 August 2019 in Yokohama Japan under the overarching theme “Advancing Africa’s Development through People, Technology and Innovation”. The theme exemplifies Japan’s commitment to create a future where it grows together with Africa through cooperation with the public, private and academic sectors, using the opportunities offered by TICAD 7. Among the resolutions of TICAD 7 were:
- That the TICAD process will continue to support inclusive and sustainable development on the African continent by working across the three (3) pillars, namely economic, social and peace and stability;
- Support for the implementation of the Africa Union first Strategy for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment, acknowledging the close linkages between human capital and sustainable and resilient societies, including through the empowerment of youth and women. This included the commitment to working together to bridge human capital development and gender gaps and reduce urban-rural inequalities in Africa.
- An acknowledgement that health, water, sanitation, hygiene and nutrition are fundamental elements of human capital development and reiterating the commitment to promoting universal health coverage (UHC) in Africa. This includes reinforcement of primary health care and promotion of resilient health systems including sustainable domestic health financing through enhanced collaboration between health and finance authorities to increase domestic resources for health.
- Calling for increased international efforts toward climate change mitigation and adaptation, notably through the Initiative of the Triple A (Adaptation of African Agriculture) and recognition of the need for a climate-smart approach to development, including effective and sustainable management and use of land, forest and water resources, and waste management.
- Endorsement of commitments regarding Africa’s enhanced role in global governance and development architecture. In keeping with previous declarations, reaffirming the determination to urgently reform UN bodies, including the Security Council, and maintaining political momentum through enhanced dialogue to find the best approach.