AJF:Newsletter[quarterly]"Africa NOW" No.74

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Africa NOW No.74

Published on Octber 31, 2006 by Africa Japan Forum (AJF)

Special Topic: International Year of Deserts and Desertification

This year 2006 falling on the tenth year of effectuation of the UNCCD, United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification in Those Countries Experiencing Serious Drought and/or Desertification, Particularly in Africa is set as IYDD, the International Year of Deserts and Desertificaiton. The 74th issue of "Africa NOW" reviews existing international steps against desertification.

p.3-5 What do desserts and desertification cause to people?, by SAITO Ryoichiro
SAITO Ryoichiro as Director of AJF reports briefly such issues as what kind of effects desserts and desertification have on people in Africa, what steps should be taken against desserts and desertification, what the UNCCD is, and so on.

p.5 Chronology: International steps against desertification, edited by editor of "Africa NOW"

p.6-7 Interview with SUGAKAWA Takuya, Chief Secretary of Action for Greening Sahel
Action for Greening Sahel has supported people facing desertification in Chad and Burkina Faso. SUGAKAWA Takuya as Chief Secretary of the NGO talks about what activity for support is needed, reviewing their existing activities.

p.6-7 Data: Annual events and conferences regarding the International Year of Deserts and Desertification

p.8-11 AJF's next steps - Past Development and Present Considerations for the Future of AJF, by YOSHIDA Masao and HAYASHI Tatsuo
YOSHIDA Masao, former President and HAYASHI Tatsuo, President of Africa Japan Forum present issues about how we as AJF have discussed orientation of our own activities or AJF's character, what views we have of AJF's future, etc., reviewing existing steps.

p.12-17 Interview with INABA Masaki - How can we overcome the global crisis of HIV/AIDS?
Five years have passed since the United Nations General Assenbly Special Session(UNGAS) on HIV/AIDS was held in 2001. The editorial desk at Africa Now interviewed with INABA Masaki, member of the Secretariat of AJF who attended the UNGAS+5 this year. He talks about how international steps against HIV/AIDS have been developed.

p.18-19 On the spot in Africa: Mozambique , by HASHIMOTO Satoko
HASHINOTO Satoko working as member of Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers against HIV/AIDS in Mozambique reports the condition in the country.

p.20-21 Book Review: "WHO OWES WHO - 50 Questions about World Debt", by Tanaka yu
TANAKA Yu reviews the new book written by Damien Millet and Eric Toussaint which analyzes the connection between debt and poverty in developing countries briefly.

p.22 Film review: "The Constant Gardner", by INOUE Yosuke
INOUE Yosuke reviews the suspense film describing tragedies brought about by profit seeking of giant pharmaceutical companies and states in Kenya.

p.23 Meet Africa in Japan: "Dance with Africa 2006" in Nagano
Series of articles full of places where we can experience and enjoy Africa in Japan. This issue introduces an African Event "Dance with Africa 2006" in Nagano.

4th cover To readers ("Hitotsu no musubime toshite" in Japanese) and daily report
Information from the secretariat of AJF to readers.


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