The modern world is becoming increasingly chaotic. Problems related to conflict, extremism, poverty, disparities, infectious diseases and natural disasters are threatening the lives and dignity of many people across national borders and around the world. In 2015, the international community agreed upon the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at a United Nations summit and took a first step toward realizing a world in which no one is left out of the benefits of development. The philosophy of "human security," which Japan has advocated, is incorporated throughout the SDGs. Efforts on the SDGs represent a one-time opportunity for Japan to demonstrate its presence and leadership in the international community. To that extent, JICA, our comprehensive development cooperation agency charged with implementing Japan's ODA, has a grave responsibility.
Incidentally, one reason for the confusion in the modern world is insufficient understanding and dialogue between civilizations. We need an international system in which many civilizations can co-exist upon such universal principles as basic human rights, freedom, democracy, the rule of law and peaceful conflict resolution. I think the role Japan and JICA can play on this point also is large. That is because we have respected the viewpoints of partner countries while maintaining a stance of equal relationships and mutual learning. In the future, we must more clearly state this policy as a philosophy of international cooperation and announce it strategically.
For Japan, which largely depends upon its relationships with the rest of the world, it is a matter of national interest for the world to be peaceful, stable and prosperous. If Japan can put its experience and expertise to work for world poverty reduction and economic growth, Japan's presence will grow. JICA thinks it is important to promote international cooperation that contributes to Japan's own growth and development by implementing development cooperation that encompasses various actors, including the Japanese government, local governments, private companies, civil society, universities and research institutes.
Recognizing this, JICA will work to strengthen the strategic aspect and comprehensiveness of its cooperation. Specifically, we will mainly develop the following themes based on the 2015 Development Cooperation Charter: 1) quality growth and mitigating disparities, 2) promoting peace-building and the sharing of universal values, 3) strengthening operational engagement on global issues and the international aid agenda, 4) expanding and deepening strategic partnerships, and 5) supporting an active role for women and their empowerment in developing countries.
With the trust of the people of Japan and a responsibility toward the world, I face my work as president of Japan's international cooperation agency with a strong sense of mission. So I humbly request your continued support and encouragement.
Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
|July 3, 2017||Kitaoka Pays First Visits to Georgia, Armenia and Ukraine as JICA President|
|June 29, 2017||JICA President Kitaoka Holds Talks with Guinean President Condé|
|June 29, 2017||JICA President Kitaoka Holds Talks With NEPAD CEO Mayaki|
|May 4, 2017||Speech at Host Country Seminar at the 50th Annual Meeting of ADB's Board of Governors|
|February 2, 2017||Keynote Speech by Dr. Shinichi Kitaoka at the IMF-JICA Conference on "Regional Development: Fiscal Risks, Fiscal Space and the SDGs"|
|August 28, 2016||Speech at TICAD VI side event "Global Launch of the 2016 Africa Human Development Report - Accelerating Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment in Africa"|