The World Heritage Committee of the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) is expected to announce that the Agbogbloshie e-waste site in Accra, Ghana has been added to the World Heritage List of culturally significant sites.
According to the committee, the transformation of Agbogbloshie from a fertile wetland to the world’s largest e-waste site bears unique and exceptional testimony to the folly of the Ghanaian leadership, past and present. The committee described the Agbogbloshie dump site as a unique example of irresponsible and reckless leadership. “That Ghanaian leaders will allow other nations to recklessly dump broken computers, television and various other electrical goods in Ghana just defies common sense.”
Government’s inaction means that foreign shipping vessels will continue to sail to Ghana’s harbours with containers filled with more garbage labelled as “development aid.” And the unemployed youth who spend their day rummaging through the dump for copper wiring to sell will continue to be exposed to potentially harmful chemicals.
Following the listing, the Ministry of Tourism is reportedly preparing to turn the e-waste site into a tourist attraction site.