To celebrate World Cities Day 2021, the Green Africa Youth Organization (GAYO) in partnership with the La Dade Kotopon Municipal Assembly (LaDMA), Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources (MSWR), Ministry of Local government and Rural Development (MLGRD), with support from Joy News, GHOne TV, and CitiNews, brought together key stakeholders on the 28th of October 2021 under the theme, “Zero Waste for a Sustainable City”. The main goal of the day’s celebration was to engage local government offices, and waste management stakeholders on the role of zero waste in shaping sustainable cities while highlighting innovative zero waste solutions in Africa.
Joined by over 250 persons at the Accra Metropolitan Assembly, the event saw the presence of the solid waste management service providers in both the formal and informal sector; ministries; local government officers; community leaders; health care practitioners business owners, entrepreneurs; Faith-based organizations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) as well as civil society organizations (CSOs).
Following the event’s objective of increasing awareness on climate change adaptation, urban resilience, and zero waste solutions, Green Africa Youth Organization together with LaDMA launched the Zero Waste Accra Project with a signed MOU outlining the terms of references for the two. Following this, a Zero Waste Strategy document was launched – which outlines what zero waste is and demonstrates how it can be implemented in municipalities and communities across Ghana with many case studies of good practices and examples.