JILAF Participates in Global Festa Japan 2016
Global Festa Japan 2016, an international cooperation event, was held on October 1–2 at the Center Promenade in Odaiba, Tokyo, under the theme of “For the First Step: Toward the New Goals.” The festival was sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), and Japan NGO Center for International Cooperation (JANIC) and supported by 10 central government ministries and agencies, including the Cabinet Office and Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare, and others. A total of 269 organizations exhibited, including groups and nongovernmental organizations engaged in international cooperation.
The Global Festa Japan event is held every year in conjunction with the government-designated International Cooperation Day on October 6. The event, which was held for the twenty-sixth time this year, aims to make visitors more familiar with international cooperation activities; to deepen understanding and awareness of the present state and necessity of international cooperation, including official development assistance, cooperation between the government and NGOs, and other issues; and to encourage participation in international cooperation.
In light of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted at the United Nation General Assembly last year, as this year marks the starting line for the SDGs, this year’s event contained a lot of activities aimed at promoting understanding of how the 17 goals are related to people’s lives and deepening knowledge about the SDGs.
JILAF, which has been participating in Global Festa Japan since 2009, organized a booth to introduce its activities, centering on its SGRA projects (Supporting Grass-Roots Activities through the International Employers’ and Workers’ Network). Through pamphlets and panel displays for each project, JILAF sought to deepen the understanding of visitors regarding its international exchange activities in the field of labour. It also exhibited and sold items produced through its SGRA projects in Bangladesh and Nepal.
Visitors to JILAF’s booth made such comments as “It was the first time for me to learn about international contributions in the field of labour,” “Projects that meet the needs of workers are very meaningful,” and “The building of relations of trust with trade unions in other countries is a major result of projects so far and contributes toward increasing trust in Japan too.”