UNDP called on to ensure success of Africa confab

Foreign Minister Yoriko Kawaguchi on Wednesday called on the U.N. Development Program to help ensure the success of a conference on African development scheduled to be held in Tokyo next year, ministry officials said.

Kawaguchi issued the entreaty over the third Tokyo International Conference on African Development during a brief meeting with Mark Malloch Brown, administrator of the UNDP. Malloch Brown accepted the request, the officials said.

With the support of the UNDP, Japan hosted the first TICAD in 1993 and the second in 1998, as well as a TICAD ministerial-level meeting in 2001.

The TICAD framework has provided countries with fundamental and comprehensive policy guidelines on African development.

Meanwhile, Kawaguchi and Malloch Brown also agreed to bolster the partnership between Japan and the UNDP, including the support of post-conflict reconstruction in developing countries.