Press Release

August 02, 2022
  • Global Environment
  • Waste & Recycling

Adoption of Tunis Action Guidance - The Third Assembly of the African Clean Cities Platform (ACCP)

  1. The Ministry of the Environment (MOE), Japan jointly organized the Third Assembly of the ACCP online together with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the City of Yokohama, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), from the 25th to 29th of July 2022, in line with the purpose of the TICAD 8 Partner Project held at Tunis City in Republic of Tunisia.
  2. In the opening remarks, YAMAGUCHI Tsuyoshi, Minister of the Environment, Japan, participated via a video message and spoke about the importance of proper waste management and the circular economy in Africa.
  3. The “Tunis Action Guidance for the ACCP”, which indicates the direction of the ACCP activities for the next three years, was adopted as the outcome document. 

Outline of the Assembly

・Duration: July 25th-29th 2022  18:00~21:00 (JST)

・Type of Event: Online

・Host: MOE Japan, JICA, the City of Yokohama, UNEP, UN-HABITAT
            with the support of the Municipality of Tunis and the Government of Tunisia as the host of TICAD 8

・Participants:ACCP Partners (MOE Japan, JICA, the City of Yokohama, UNEP, UN-HABITAT)
       ACCP Members (42 African countries, 108 African cities incl. Tunis City)
       ACCP Associate Members (Islamic Development Bank, Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC), European Investment Bank, Alliance to End Plastic Waste AEPW), etc.

・Languages: English and French

 ○July 25th 18:00~21:00 (JST)
  Opening Remarks ※YAMAGUCHI Tsuyoshi, Minister of the Environment, Japan (Video Message)
Keynote Lecture
  Progress and Achievement against Yokohama Action Guidance of the 2nd ACCP General Meeting  

 ○July 26th 18:00~21:00 (JST)
  ACCP’s Approach towards the Common Challenges in SWM in Africa
  From Open Dumping towards Controlled Disposal  

 ○July 27th 18:00~21:00 (JST)
  Knowledge Sharing and Capacity Development
  Panel Discussion: Where are the knowledge capacity gaps?  

 ○July 28th 18:00~21:00 (JST)
  Innovative Solutions for Cleaner and Circular Africa
  Panel Discussion: Towards the future clean cities: what solutions are needed?  
 ○July 29th 18:00~21:00 (JST)
  Introduction of ACCP Associate Members
  Adoption of Tunis Action Guidance for the ACCP
  Closing ※ONO Hiroshi, Vice-Minister for Global Environmental Affairs, Ministry of the Environment, Japan  

※Details of Programs can be seen in the following URL

Outcome of the Assembly

A total of 566 people from 48 countries participated in the Assembly, which was held entirely online in consideration of COVID-19. The “Tunis Action Guidance for the ACCP” was adopted as the outcome document of the Third Assembly for the ACCP dictating that ACCP would aim do the following actions for the coming three years in addition to further promotion of the 11 items of the Yokohama Action Guidance adopted at the Second ACCP General Meeting:

 ○Dissemination of the “Fukuoka Method” (semi-aerobic landfill system) for proper management of landfill sites towards a decarbonized society
 ○Reduction, sound management and recovery of plastic waste, health-care waste and e-waste 

The new Guidance will be reflected in the upcoming TICAD 8 to be held in from August 27th to 28th.