Head of UNDP Africa on Yokohama Action Plan

27 May 2014

Abdoulaye Mar Dieye, Director, UNDP Regional Bureau for Africa
First TICAD V Ministerial Meeting - Yaoundé, Cameroon, 4-5 May 2014: Status of Implementation of the Yokohama Action Plan   



Your Excellency Philemon Yang, Prime Minister of the Republic of Cameroon,
Honourable Pierre Moukoko Mbonjo, Foreign Minister of Cameroon,
Honourable Fumio Kishida, Foreign Minister of Japan,
Honourable Ministers,
United Nations Under Secretary General Maged Abdul-Aziz
African Union Commissioner, Anthony Mothae Maruping,
Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

As a TICAD co-organizer, I would like to express my sincere appreciation to the Government of Cameroon and the Government of Japan for convening the First TICAD V Ministerial Meeting. I would also like to thank all TICAD partners for their high level participation in this meeting.

As many of you would recall, TICAD V which was held in Yokohama Japan in June 2013 was a resounding success not only in terms of high level attendance, but also in terms of the substantive contributions it made to promote an inclusive dialogue for a global partnership on African development. Indeed, the theme of the Yokohama Declaration “Hand in Hand with a more Dynamic Africa” captured the very spirit of TICAD, as it strongly reiterated the need for working together, under the leadership of African countries, to promote and sustain Africa’s accelerated development.

The Yokohama Summit addressed many of the most pressing issues we face today in the continent, by pointing to the criticality of building a robust and sustainable economy, inclusive and resilience societies, stronger peace and stability, to achieve quality growth.

We are meeting today to review the Matrix of Implementation of the Yokohama Action Plan, which outlines very precise activities and initiatives, with clear benchmarks and means of monitoring. And as TICAD is also a framework to channel African voices to the global development discourse, our Yaoundé meeting is then a very auspicious moment; as it gives us an opportunity to shed further light on the shaping of the post 2015 Global Development Agenda. I would then like to recommend that the outcome of our meeting be shared with the Open Working Group on the post 2015 development framework.

Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is UNDP’s assessment that the Implementation Matrix is an eloquent illustration of the near-full congruence between the 6 pillars of the Yokohama Declaration and the six pillars of the Common African Position on the Post 2015 development framework. Hence, by effectively implementing the Yokohama Action Plan, we will be ensuring that, in Africa, there will be almost no hiatus between the end of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) timeline and the start of the upcoming Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

And by focussing, in our Yaoundé meeting, on priorities such as agriculture, food and nutrition security, youth and women empowerment, we are recognizing their instrumentality in promoting inclusive, resilient and sustainable development, and as such they will need to be fully funded.  

You would also recall that in Yokohama we had a very fruitful discussion on the relevance of the concept and approaches of human security, which resonates very well with our increasing emphasis on people-centred development. We hope that the TICAD process will help expand the space for broader participation, of all development actors, including private sector and civil society, in promoting human security.

Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

We cannot emphasis enough the absolute necessity for expanded government’s fiscal space, stronger domestic resources mobilization and the promotion of regional integration to ensure Africa’s sustainable development. These priorities, which feature well in Africa’s Vision 2063, will need to be supported, in implementing the international development agenda.

Let me conclude by firmly reiterating UNDP’s fullest commitment and engagement, along with the other TICAD co-organizers, in supporting the implementation and monitoring of the Yokohama Action Plan.

I wish our meeting great success and I thank you.