What the ACCP is
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 64 cities in 35 countries in Africa are participating.
Along with economic growth and urbanization, the problems of waste management are becoming more and more serious in African countries, due to insufficient collection services and inappropriate disposal. The illegal dumping and burning of waste results in adverse effects on the environment and human health. This could impede economic activities and cause infectious and water-borne diseases, especially in slum areas.
In many countries in Africa, the policy priority of waste management is still low. Hence, local governments do not have enough financial and human resources, as well as equipment and facilities, and their O&M capacity is also deficient. The urban population in Africa, currently about 450 million people (40% of the total population), is increasing, and is estimated to grow threefold by 2050. It is a huge challenge for African countries to sustainably bear the cost of urban sanitation, since the average income is relatively low compared to urbanization in Asia.
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted in September 2015, include specific targets for waste management such as Target 11.6, “by 2030, reduce the adverse per capita environmental impact of cities, including by paying special attention to air quality and municipal and other waste management.” Each African country is expected to make considerable efforts to set their own National Targets and monitor the progress thereof using the methodologies to be established by UN agencies.
To respond to these issues, during TICAD VI in Kenya on 28th August, 2016, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) organized the Seminar on Waste Management in Africa, “Capacity Development to Achieve the SDGs on Waste Management: Toward Clean and Healthy Cities in Africa,” along with Nairobi City County (Kenya), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) and the Ministry of the Environment of Japan (MOEJ). About 180 participants from governments and private sectors from nine African countries reaffirmed the importance of appropriate waste management in African cities, shared good practices and lessons learned, and concluded the seminar by proclaiming the promotion of further cooperation, such as establishing a platform among African countries and partner organizations for more knowledge sharing and networking.
As a follow-up of TICAD VI in consideration of the conclusion above, MOEJ and JICA proposed the establishment of a platform to promote waste management and SDGs in Africa, named as “African Clean Cities Platform (ACCP),” and organized its Preparatory Meeting and a Knowledge-Sharing Seminar on “the Project for Promotion of Sustainable 3R Activities in Maputo” along with Maputo Municipality (Mozambique), Ministry of Land, Environment and Rural Development of Mozambique, the UNEP and the UN-Habitat from 25 to 27 April, 2017 in Maputo, Mozambique.
By 2030, African countries realize clean and healthy cities and achieve the SDGs on waste management.
To provide an open platform to support African countries and cities to find their own measures and solutions for appropriate waste management and the achievement of SDGs.
(1) Knowledge sharing and networking:
Promote sharing of experiences, good practices, and lessons learned among African countries, through seminars and workshops, and promote networking among central and local governments, research institutes, private sectors, etc. in Africa and other regions
(2) Promotion of SDGs targets on waste management:
Facilitate data collection, monitoring and publication of the progress of SDGs targets in African countries
(3) Promotion of investment in waste management:
Provide information on requirements in technical and financial support for matching with partner organizations
The African Clean Cities Platform (ACCP) secretariat is hosted by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
Director, Environmental Management Team II, Environmental Management Group, Global Environment Department, JICA
African Clean Cities Platform Secretariat（ACCP Secretariat）
c/o Global Environment Department, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
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