III presents important opportunities in the African
context for achieving progress toward the Millennium
Development Goals (MDGs).
MDGs were adopted by the largest-ever gathering of
world leaders during the UN Millennium Summit in 2000.
As the world strives to achieve the MDG targets for
2015, Africa faces enormous challenges.
of the continent's disproportionate burden of poverty,
poor healthcare and education, infrastructure, as
well as many other serious problems, achieving the
Millennium Development Goals will hinge on making
substantial and sustained advances in many countries.
MDG targets for 2015 include:
1. Halve extreme poverty and hunger
2. Achieve universal primary education
3. Promote gender equality and empower women
4. Reduce child mortality by two-thirds
5. Improve maternal health
6. Halt and begin to reverse the spread HIV/AIDS,
malaria and other diseases
7. Ensure environmental sustainability
8. Develop a global partnership for development
III is a key aspect of international efforts to achieve
Goal 8 — the development of a global partnership for
development. TICAD's main purpose is to establish
such global partnership, along with African ownership
of its development priorities.
line with the eighth goal, TICAD aims to encourage
improved trade and financial systems that are in harmony
with Africa's interests, and to work with the private
sector to ensure that Africa benefits from new technologies,
especially information and communications technologies.