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The Global Partnership on Waste Management

Issue #3 September 2012

Secretariat hosted by UNEP's International Environmental Technology Centre (IETC)

News from the secretariat: Global Partnership Conference 5-6 November in Osaka, Japan

Global Partnership On Waste Management

Dear colleagues, friends and partners,

Only two months to go until the GPWM biennium conference! The conference will take place on 5 and 6 November in Osaka, Japan. We are very pleased to have already received a good response from participants. If you have not registered for the conference yet, we recommend that you submit a completed registration form as soon as possible. The deadline for registration has been extended to 21 September 2012. The GPWM biennium conference will bring together around 120 stakeholders from Governments, civil society, academia, the private sector and the international development community to discuss challenges, opportunities and new trends in waste management. Japanese-English interpretation will be provided. For more information, including on conference logistics, please consult the GPWM website. We look forward to welcoming you in Osaka.

In this issue...

News from the secretariat: GPWM Biennium Conference 5-6 November in Osaka, Japan

New features on the GPWM Information Platform

News from the focal areas of work

E-waste policy dialogue

Waste and Climate Change: Municipal Solid Waste Management (MSWM) in Bangladesh

Marine Litter: 2012 International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) and Marine Litter Workshop

Waste Agricultural Biomass: Resource Conservation and GHG Emission Reduction

Integrated Solid Waste Management: Projects in Cambodia and Vietnam

Waste Minimization: Publications and Tools

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Focal Areas Leads


United Nations Environment Programme

International Environmental Technology Centre

Sustainable Consumtion and Production Branch

Division of Environmental Policy Implementation

New features on the GPWM Information Platform

The GPWM information platform, the GPWM’s online information component, has been further developed, coming closer to becoming a one-stop-shop information clearinghouse on waste management. Four new components have been launched recently, including: 

All of the components on the GPWM information platform are collaborative, meaning that users are encouraged to contribute information. To do so, users first need to create an account. Once they have been registered, they can use forms to submit information, which will be reviewed by the GPWM secretariat before being published.

News from the focal areas of work

The GPWM currently has six focal areas of work, namely:

The focal areas are led by different organizations; all work plans can be found here on the GPWM website.

E-waste: Multi-stakeholder policy dialogue

UNEP IETC, a member of the focal area on e-waste, organized and hosted a multi-stakeholder policy dialogue on E-waste management on 18-20 July in Osaka, Japan. Based on the dialogue between Governments and the private sector, with inputs from intergovernmental organizations, academia and public interest groups, the meeting developed a Call for Action, which set out recommendations on possible steps for establishing public-private cooperation on the management of end-of life e-goods and e-wastes, and on measures required to make such cooperation efficient and effective.

Waste & Climate Change: Municipal Solid Waste Management in Bangladesh

Bangladesh Municipal Development Fund (BMDF), a member of the focal area on waste and climate change, has developed a network to coordinate public and private sector activities on Municipal Solid Waste Management (MSWM) in Bangladesh, in order to avoid duplication of efforts to achieve better efficiency. BMDF held a conference on 13 August with 13 public and private sector groups, reaching a consensus to base the structure of the network on the GPWM. The conference noted that coordinated efforts among different groups could improve urban climate conditions. The network is to meet every two months and will reach out to new groups in Bangladesh.

Marine Litter: 2012 International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) & Marine Litter Workshop

Implementing the Regional Action Plan on Marine Litter, UNEP Northwest Pacific Action Plan (NOWPAP), a member of the focal area on marine litter, organized its 2012 International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) and Marine Litter Workshop on 17-18 July in Vladivostok, Russia, as a side event of the 6th International Ecological Forum “Nature without Borders”. Participants collected about 18 kg of marine litter on the beach and recorded the results in the ICC data card. The Marine Litter Workshop provided an opportunity to share experiences in marine litter management. Participants also discussed how to align their activities to the 2012-13 work plan of the UNEP sponsored Global Partnership on Marine Litter. The 2013 NOWPAP ICC event will be held in Okinawa, Japan.

Waste Agricultural Biomass: Resource Conservation & GHG Emission Reduction

UNEP IETC, a member of the focal area on waste agricultural biomass, in partnership with Cambodia Cleaner Production Center and supported by United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), has launched the project “Waste agricultural biomass for energy: resource conservation and GHG emission reduction” in Cambodia. The first activity, related to training of the project team and other personnel on assessment of waste agricultural biomass, has been completed. The project team is now engaged in collecting baseline data on the generation of technologies for converting waste agricultural biomass into energy, which is tentatively planned for early October 2012.

Integrated Solid Waste Management: Projects in Cambodia and Vietnam

UNEP IETC, a member of the focal area on integrated solid waste management, is working with the Ministry of Environment, Cambodia and Vietnam Environmental Agency to build capacity in integrated solid waste management (ISWM) and to develop ISWM Plans for Kampot province in Cambodia and Danang city in Vietnam, respectively. ISWM plans are drafted based on baseline reports, targets for ISWM and stakeholders’ issues of concern. The draft plans were discussed during the national workshops held in Phnom Penh on 15 August and in Hanoi in 17 August. Based on the feedback from the consultants, final drafts of ISWM plans will be produced.

Waste Minimization: Publications & Tools

UNEP SCP, as the lead of the waste minimization focal area, has continued implementation work with its 2010 resource-kit “Promoting Resource Efficiency in SMEs”, to improve the competitiveness and reduce the environmental impact of Small and Medium Enterprises. Among the companies which have benefited from this waste minimization tool are a sugar processing company and a textile company. SCP has also recently launched a publication at Rio+20, “The Business Case for the Green Economy”, that demonstrates how companies integrating waste minimization strategies into their operations will ultimately develop structural cost advantages. Later this year UNEP's International Resource Panel (IRP) will publish two more waste minimization reports: "Metals Recycling: Challenges, Opportunities and Limits" and "Environmental Impacts of Metals Cycles". Both highlight the need for increased awareness and knowledge on metallurgical interlinkages and point out opportunities for metal recycling, so-called "urban mining",  turning wastes into resources. The reports will complement existing publications on Metal Stocks in Society and Metal Recycling Rates.

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The secretariat to the GPWM is hosted at the International Environmental Technology Centre (IETC) in Osaka, Japan.

Address: Ryokuchi koen 2-110 Tsurumi ku, Osaka 538-0036 Japan

Tel: +81-6-6915-4581

Fax: +81-6-6915-0304



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