On May 3rd, the Canadian government announced the launch of the new 5 year ‘Global Challenges Canada’ program.
While this program collaborates with the ‘Grand Challenge Explorations’ program of the Gates Foundation, its major objective is to have Canadian researchers (though not limited) contribute to the improvement of poverty, health, public health, health care of the developing countries that participate in this program.
The program is limited to 5 years but it is an approach to construct a ‘Win-Win’ relationship with the developing countries through new form of scientific technology diplomacy. With and through the outcomes of this program, Canada is apparently trying to strengthen its presence in international agenda.
I am supporting this program as a member of the scientific advisory board, but in Japan also, I am happy to report that cooperation with the World Bank will possibly be enhanced, Japan’s ongoing aids to African countries were recognized and approved, JICA and JST are continuing its collaborations in a number of projects.
Promoting multi dimensional effort toward MDG and other goals to fulfill the different needs of the developing countries ? from the poorest to the fairly developed ? together with many ongoing bilateral cooperation or multi nation organizations such as the World Bank is very helpful for the good of human security and the realization of MDG.
Also, it will be important than ever before to collaborate with other nations, and exchange information.
There are still many, many things that Japan can do to help solve the problems of the world.
Think for yourself what each one of you can do to contribute. The point is how you see “the world from Japan and Japan from the world”.