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The TICAD Process

TICAD: UNU and Previous Conferences


On the occasion of the Third Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD), the United Nations University released a policy brief entitled How can TICAD III contribute to support the grand design for Africa? Taking into account NEPAD’s priorities including infrastructure development, regional cooperation and capital flows, the UNU put forth a series of concise policy considerations and policy suggestions meant to inform both policymakers and the general public on the evolution and importance of African cooperation.

TICAD III Policy Brief
How can TICAD III contribute to support the grand design for Africa?

During the third TICAD, UNU organized two public events featuring H.E. John Kufuor, President of Ghana, and Dr. Uschi Eid, Personal G8 Representative of the German Federal Chancellor for Africa.

H.E. John Kufuor

Offering insights on “Africa’s space in the global community,” H.E. John Kufuor stressed the importance of Africa’s renewed self-awareness and drive for self-reliance in a public lecture at the United Nations University on October 1, 2003.

TICAD and the Way Forward
Address by H. E. President J. A. Kufuor At United Nations University, Tokyo, 2003.10.01

Webcast of President Kufuor's speech

Dr. Uschi Eid

On September 29, 2003, Dr. Uschi Eid delivered a public speech at the United Nations University on the challenges for German and Japanese development policies in Africa. Within a broad framework of five key challenges to African development, Dr. Eid reviewed NEPAD’s answer to these challenges and articulates possibilities for future Japanese-German cooperation in Africa.

NEPAD, TICAD and MDGs: Challenges for German and Japanese Development Policies
Address by Dr. Uschi Eid At United Nations University, Tokyo, 2003.09.29

Webcast of Dr. Eid's speech

TICAD Tenth Anniversary Declaration

On October 1, 2003, the participants of the TICAD III issued the TICAD Tenth Anniversary Declaration. The Declaration served both to overview of past achievements and to define future challenges. Salient themes in this Declaration include: ownership and partnership, peace and good governance and human security, among others.

Tenth Anniversary Declaration

Summary by the Chair

A comprehensive overview of the TICAD events, policy directions and development agenda are elaborated in this Summary by the Chair of the Third Tokyo International Conference on African Development.

Summary by the Chair of TICAD III

In the lead up to TICAD III a number of African, Asian and Japanese civil society organizations came together to sign the TICAD Civil Society Forum Declaration, establishing a venue for consolidated policy inputs and public involvement in the TICAD process.

TICAD Civil Society Forum Declaration


The Second Tokyo International Conference on African Development was held on October 19-20, 1998. A product of a research collaboration between the United Nations University and the African Economic Research Consortium, the policy brief, Strengthening Africa’s Participation in the Global Economy, is aimed at assisting African governments and stakeholders in the development process to more accurately assess obstacles and opportunities on the road to sustainable African participation in the global economy.

TICAD II Policy Brief
Strengthening Africa's Participation in the Global Economy

The Tokyo Agenda for Action was adopted in 1998 by participating parties of the Second Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) as a reaffirmation of the principles of partnership, African ownership and sustainable market-driven economic activity initially set forth in TICAD I.

Tokyo Agenda for Action


The 1993 Tokyo Declaration seeks to promote a more ‘dynamic’ international cooperation between Africa and its development partners, steeped in the spirit of self-reliance in an age of new economic and social prosperity. The Declaration was signed at the First Tokyo International Conference on African Development, host to over 1000 participants from 48 African countries, 13 donor countries, and a myriad of other groups.

Tokyo Declaration

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