July 10, 2017
On June 29 and 30, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) hosted the first session of the International Advisory Board at JICA headquarters in Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo.
The International Advisory Board was established in March with the objective of strategically improving JICA activities and initiatives through advice obtained from domestic and foreign board members who are experts active in the international community. Issues discussed at the first meeting included the current situation in developing countries and regions, situations under which international cooperation is being provided, and the challenges entailed in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals adopted by the United Nations in 2015.
Six of the eight board members attended the first meeting: Jean-Marie Guéhenno, president and CEO of International Crisis Group; Shigeo Katsu, president of Nazarbayev University; Lan Xue, professor and dean at the School of Public Policy and Management of Tsinghua University; Masato Ninomiya, professor at the University of São Paolo; Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, board chair of GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance; and Takashi Shiraishi, president of IDE-JETRO and specialist in International Relations and Politics in Asia. In the meeting, JICA described regional strategies, the promotion of “quality growth,” cooperation for peace and stability, and cooperation in the health sector, including universal health coverage* and nutritional improvement. Building on their knowledge and experiences in their respective areas of expertise, the board members presented their opinions and provided advice on approaches to JICA’s international cooperation activities.
Using the knowledge and advice gathered from the meeting, JICA will further step up its efforts for peace, stability and prosperity in the international community by strengthening initiatives toward eradicating poverty with the promotion of “quality growth,” achieving peaceful and stable societies, and addressing other global challenges.
* Universal health coverage refers to the provision of access to affordable and appropriate health promotion and health care services for disease prevention, treatments and functional recovery. The aim is for all people to enjoy health and medical services without economic hardship.