Tokyo International Conference on African Development
Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD)
The Tokyo International Conference of African Development (TICAD) was launched in 1993 by the Government of Japan, to promote Africa’s development, peace and security, through the strengthening of relations in multilateral cooperation and partnership.
The launch of TICAD was catalytic for refocusing international attention on Africa’s development needs. In the course of nearly 30 years, TICAD has evolved into a major global and open and multilateral forum for mobilizing and sustaining international support for Africa’s development under the principles of African "ownership" and international "partnership.”
As a founding co-organizer of TICAD, UNDP is committed to the success of TICAD. The TICAD process reflects UNDP’s foundational belief that sustainable development can only happen with the full participation of a range of partners, including governments, regional and international organization, non-governmental organizations, the private sector, and civil society.
Japan co-hosted the first Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD I) in Tokyo with UN and the Global Coalition for Africa from 5-6 October 1993. Forty-eight African countries, 12 donors, EC, eight international organizations and many observers attended the conference.
The Tokyo Declaration on African Development, a guideline for African development, was adopted at the conference, which emphasized the importance of self-help of Africa (ownership) as well as the need for international support for Africa.