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Nigeria & Other African Countries to Attend TICAD 7



Nigeria & Other African Countries to Attend TICAD 7 - Cross Section of Delegates

African countries, including Nigeria, will today begin the Seventh Tokyo International Conference On Africa Development (TICAD 7) Ministerial Meeting in Tokyo, Japan.

Nigeria & Other African Countries to Attend TICAD 7 - Cross Section of Delegates

CAPTION: Cross Section from the Last TICAD 6 Held in the Year 2016. Nigeria & Other African Countries to Attend TICAD 7 – Cross Section of Delegates PHOTO CRED: Ticad

The meeting is jointly hosted by the Japanese Government with the United Nations, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the World Bank and the African Union Commission (AUC) to set agenda for African development conference expected to hold next year in Yokohoma, Japan.


At the ministerial meeting, the progress of initiatives announced in VI in Kenya, in 2016, will be reviewed and the discussions will be made towards the TICAD 7 to be held from August 28 to 30, 2019 in Yokohama, Japan.

Minister Kono Taro of Japan is also expected to hold bilateral talks with ministers from African countries at the occasion to further strengthen ties with African countries.

While side events such as business related events, jointly sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, UNDP, Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO)), Japan Africa · Business · Fair 2018 (hosted by Ministry of Foreign Affairs), clean city platform (JICA, jointly sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs), Africa’s acceleration of development and open innovation (JICA, World Bank) co-organised for the promotion of rice development in Africa (JICA), Co-hosted by UNDP), civil society side event (citizen network for TICAD sponsored) are scheduled to be held.

As part of the side events scheduled, the African Clean Cities Platform (ACCP) yesterday gave an overview of its activities.

ACCP is a platform created 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 with 62 cities in 34 countries in Africa participating, to share knowledge and promote the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on waste management in Africa with the aim of African countries realising clean and healthy cities.

Making a presentation yesterday, a senior staff of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Dr. Shunichi Honda, said in spite of several efforts made by African countries to address waste management issues, economic growth and urbanisation have continued to compound the problems of waste management, adding that it is becoming more and more serious due to insufficient collection services and inappropriate disposal.

Expressing serious concern over illegal dumping and burning of waste results, he said adverse effects on the environment and human health are huge, saying it could impede economic activities and cause infectious and water-borne diseases, especially in slum areas.


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TICAD 7 – Official Stock Photo

Accusing African countries of not giving priority to the challenges, Dr. Honda said that the policy priority of waste management is still low, adding that local governments do not have enough financial and human resources, as well as equipment and facilities, and their O&M capacity to manage the waste.

He added that the urban population in Africa, is currently about 450 million people (40% of the total population), and is increasing, nothing that it is estimated to grow threefold by 2050, with 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.

To respond to these issues, during TICAD VI in Kenya on August 28, 2016, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) organised  a seminar on waste management in Africa titled “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, including Nigeria and private sectors from nine African countries, reaffirmed the importance of appropriate waste management in African cities, shared good practices and lessons learned, while proclaiming the promotion of further cooperation, such as establishing a platform among African countries and partner organisations for more knowledge sharing and networking.

As a follow-up of TICAD VI in consideration of the resolution, MOEJ and JICA established “African Clean Cities Platform (ACCP),” and organised 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 between 25 and 27 April, 2017 in Maputo, Mozambique.

Its mission is for African countries to realize clean and healthy cities and achieve the SDGs on waste management by 2020 and 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.

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Joe Biden Sworn in as 46th U.S President



Joe Biden Sworn in As 46th US President

Joe Biden has been sworn in as the 46th United States president as Harris becomes the Vice President.

She is America’s first female and first black Asian-American person to hold the office.

Biden took his oath of office on Wednesday at the capitol in Washington D.C.

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Chief Justice, John Roberts junior, administered the pledge at exactly 11:48am eastern time.

In his Inaugural address, Mr. Biden said it was a day of “history and hope”.

“my whole soul is in putting America back together again”.

Outgoing President, Donald Trump, did not attend the ceremony.

Meanwhile, former presidents, Bill Clinton, George Bush junior, Barack Obama and their wives were in attendance.

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Turkish Court Sentences Kurdish Former Member of Parliament to Jail



Turkish court sentences Kurdish former MP to 22 years in jail

A Turkish court has sentenced Kurdish former lawmaker, Leyla Guven to more than 22 years in jail on terror-related charges.

Leyla Guven, who was stripped of her parliamentary immunity in June, was convicted of membership of a “terror group” and disseminating “terror propaganda” for outlawed Kurdish armed groups.

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On Monday, Guven was given 14 years and three months in jail on a charge of membership of a “terrorist organization” and an additional eight years for two separate charges of disseminating “terrorist propaganda”.

Guven was not present at the court hearing in the predominantly Kurdish southeastern city of Diyarbakir, and her whereabouts were not immediately clear.

The court however, ordered Guven’s immediate arrest.

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Burundi’s Former President Pierre Buyoya, Dies at 71.



Pierre-Buyoya Burundi

Burundi’s Former President Pierre Buyoya, has died at age 71.

Buyoya served as President twice, from 1987-1993 and then 1996-2003.

His death comes three weeks after his resignation from the position of the high representative of the African Union for Mali and the Sahel region.

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Announcing his resignation, Buyoya said he needed time to focus on legal battles back home, following his trial in absentia and sentencing to life in prison.

Burundi’s top court sentenced Buyoya to life imprisonment in late October 2020, for alleged assassination of President Melchior Ndadaye who had won the 1993 elections.

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