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World Environment Day

WHO:        African Development Bank, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Côte d’Ivoire, The Netherlands

WHAT:       World Environment Day

WHERE:    Côte d’Ivoire

WHEN:      3-5 June 2023  

An estimated 19-23 million tonnes of plastic waste are dumped in lakes, rivers and seas annually. Discarded single-use plastic harms human health, the economy, the environment and threatens sustainable development.

Under the theme #BeatPlasticPollution, World Environment Day 2023 provides an opportunity to raise the volume on the call for governments, cities and businesses to invest in and implement solutions to ending plastic pollution. 

Led by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and marked annually on 5 June since 1973, World Environment Day has grown to become one of the biggest global platforms for environmental outreach, with millions of people across the world engaging to protect the planet. This year it is hosted by Côte d’Ivoire, in partnership with the Netherlands.

The African Development Bank, based in Abidjan, has long supported Côte d’Ivoire to celebrate World Environment Day. This has a particular resonance this year, on the event’s 50th anniversary, with Côte d’Ivoire as the global host.

The Bank will support several activities, such as beach cleaning in Grand Bassam on Saturday 3 June, and a panel discussion and an exhibition of solutions to plastic pollution in Abidjan on Monday 5 June.

On Circular Economy, the Bank has been promoting its Africa Circular Economy Facility (ACEF) and the African Circular Economy Alliance (ACEA).


Saturday, 3 June

Assoyam Beach Hotel, Grand Bassam


Participants’ arrival


Welcome Remarks




Beach cleaning activity




Monday 5 June

World Environment Day – Latrille Event, II Plateaux, Abidjan

09:00 – 10:15

Panel: Sharing experiences on the fight against plastic pollution in Côte d’Ivoire

10:30 – 11:30

Institutional Film

Official launch of the World Environment Day ceremony

Opening remarks and reading of the Abidjan Declaration on Solutions to Plastic Pollution.


  • Jean-Marc YACE, Cocody Mayor
  • Jean-Luc Assi, Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Côte d’Ivoire
  • Vivianne Heijnen, Minister of Environment, the Netherlands
  • Inger Andersen, Directrice Exécutive, UNEP
  • Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, President, African Development Bank Group  
  • Musical performance by M. Rocky Dawuni, Goodwill Ambassador
  • Patrick Achi, Prime Minister, Côte d’Ivoire.

11:30 – 12:15

Visit to the exhibition stands on solutions to plastic pollution

12:15 – 12:30

Meeting with representatives (10 women) of plastic waste pickers

12:30 –13:00

Press briefing

14:30 – 16:00

Panel on the circular economy in Africa with a focus on solutions to plastic pollution in Africa

  • Representative of the ACEA
  • Representative of MINEDD
  • Representative of UNEP
  • Representative of African Development Bank
  • Representatives of ACEA delegation

16:00 – 16:15

Presentation of symbolic awards to three exhibiting entrepreneurs:

  • Representative of the African Circular Economy Alliance
  • Representative of MINEDD
  • Representative of UNEP

16:15 – 17:00

Announcement of national strategy to combat plastic pollution by Cote d’Ivoire

All day

Solutions to Plastic Pollutions Exhibition

Livestreaming links

African Development Bank Group

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