Director-General to participate in the Sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development
The Director-General will participate in the Sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI), which will be held in Nairobi, Kenya, from 26 to 28 August 2016. The opening ceremony, on 27 August, will take place in the presence of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, M. Ban Ki-moon, high-level authorities from the government of Kenya and Japan, as well as from the African Union. This is the first TICAD Summit held in Africa since its inception in 1993.
The TICAD-VI Summit will focus on the theme: “Advancing Africa’s Sustainable Development Agenda – TICAD Partnership for Prosperity.” It will build on outstanding issues from the TICAD-V Yokohama Declaration and Action Plan, adopted in 2013. TICAD-VI will also have three additional thematic focus areas, reflecting new and emerging challenges and opportunities that have arisen since the previous conference, as well as the priorities for Africa expressed in both the African Union Agenda 2063 and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The Director-General will intervene in Plenary Session 1 – Thematic session 3 on “Promoting social stability for shared prosperity”. She will focus on the link between sustainable development and social inclusion, and highlight the importance of UNESCO’s actions in education, human rights and cultural diversity as key drivers of confidence and empowerment for societies, notably in Africa.
Over 6,000 participants are expected to participate in TICAD VI, including a number of Heads of State and Government, as well as representatives of international and regional organizations, the private sector and civil society. Participants will adopt the Nairobi Declaration as an outcome document, outlining new commitments towards Africa’s development.
In the margins of the TICAD VI, the Director-General is expected to meet with Kenyan High-level Authorities.
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