August 29, 2018
Participants filled with anticipation
On August 6, 2018, an opening ceremony was held to celebrate the start of Sustainable Solid Waste Management for African Countries (A), a Knowledge Co-Creation Program held by JICA as part of the African Clean Cities Platform (ACCP) (see below). Government officials involved in solid waste management have come to Japan from multiple African countries to take part in the program.
Addresses by Mr. Tadahiko Ito, State Minister, Ministry of the Environment of Japan (LEFT); Kazumi Kobayashi, Deputy Mayor, City of Yokohama (UPPER RIGHT); and Mr. KANJUNJUNJU Emmanuel Shadreck, participant representative (LOWER RIGHT)
The event took place amidst a friendly and sociable atmosphere with the participation of Mr. Tadahiko Ito, State Minister, Ministry of the Environment of Japan; Mr. Kazumi Kobayashi, Deputy Mayor, City of Yokohama; Mr. Hirofumi Sato, President, Japan-Africa Friendship Yokohama City Council Members' League, City of Yokohama; and Mr. Kazuo Fukuyama, Director General, Resources and Waste Recycling Bureau, City of Yokohama, representatives from various African diplomatic guests.
All smiles as State Minister Ito greets each participant after the ceremony, creating a friendly atmosphere
State Minister Ito welcomed the African guests, encouraging them to do everything in their power to fully utilize the results of the JICA program, designed to offer them realistic solutions to address the solid waste management problems plaguing their countries in the wake of rapid urbanization.
The participants will be at JICA Yokohama from August 6 to 24, 2018. They will learn about solid waste management in Japan as well as from the experiences of those in other countries participating in the program. They will then come up with action plans for sustainable waste management in each of the African nations undergoing rapid urbanization.
During the training, participants are also scheduled to interact with children and other members of the local community as well as visit private companies in Yokohama, which will be the site of the 7th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD7) (see below) in August 2019.
The African Clean Cities Platform (ACCP)
The African Clean Cities Platform (ACCP) is a platform to share knowledge and promote the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on waste management in Africa with the aim of African countries realizing clean and healthy cities. It was established in April 2017 with the initiatives of the Ministry of the Environment of Japan, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and the United Nations Human Settlement Plan (UN-Habitat) and City of Yokohama, and currently 60 cities in 31 countries in Africa are participating.
The Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD)
TICAD is an international conference focused on development in Africa. It was held every five years starting in 1993 through fifth conference in 2013. The sixth conference marked the first time that TICAD was held in Africa (Kenya/Nairobi), and the event has been held every three years since then. The seventh conference is scheduled for August 28-30, 2019 in Yokohama, the city that hosted both the fourth and fifth session.
Contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
The Sustainable Development Goals are a set of detailed action guidelines that were adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in September 2015. The SDGs are outlined in an outcome document titled "Transforming our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development". The agenda includes 169 specific targets grouped in 17 separate goals to be accomplished.
This JICA program is expected to contribute primarily to two of the 17 SDGs; namely, Goal 11: Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable and Goal 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns.