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Abdoulaye Wade, President of the Republic of Senegal
After delivering the lecture, President Wade granted an interview to UNU in which he expanded upon some of the themes of the lecture.
28–30 May 2008, TICAD IV, Yokohama
During the fourth TICAD conference, UNU filmed a series of videos at the conference site in Yokohama to gather thoughts from high-level delegates on key areas of African development.
The videos feature Nobel Laureate Wangari Maathai, Gertrude Mongella (president of the Pan-African Parliament), Yasuhide Nakayama (vice-minister for foreign affairs of Japan), Anna Tibaijuka (director of UN-HABITAT), Francisco Komlavi Seddoh (UNU council member), Calestous Juma (Harvard University; senior visiting professor at UNU), and William arap Ruto (minister for agriculture of Kenya) among many others discussing a range of topics from from gender equality and science and technology to higher education and the myths and challenges confronting African development.
"If we want to deal with the food crisis, we cannot afford not to put women and girls in school in order to make them better farmers." —Getrude Mongella, president, Pan-African Parliament
Africa and Japan
"People think that what's happening in Africa is something far away and has nothing to do with them. But the battery in my cellphone is from Africa. The mineral resource in my laptop is from Africa. The diamond I gave to my wife when I proposed to her is from Africa." —Yasuhide Nakayama, vice-minister for foreign affairs of Japan
"Africa produces less than 2% of carbon dioxide, but we are most affected through this global warming climate change." —Wasswa Biriggwa, Ugandan ambassador to Japan
"In any country, the best specialists are the ones living in the region, so it is important that African politicians rely on their academics." —Francisco Komlavi Seddoh
Science and Technology
"There is a need for such areas of development [in science and technology] and this is where the United Nations comes in, the research centres. But the United Nations has not shown enough presence in Africa." —Owelle Anayo Rochas Okorocha
Information Communications Technology
"If there is anything that could be done to get Africa integrated in the global economy, I think the most important thing is to place universities at the centre of the development process." —Calestous Juma
Misconceptions and Challenges
"Kenyan people spend 41 billion Kenyan shillings every year to purchase Japanese products. On the other hand, Japanese people only spend 1.3 billion shillings every year to buy Kenyan products. So who is helping who?" —William arap Ruto
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