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The Global Partnership on Waste Management

Issue #4 December 2012

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

News from the secretariat: GPWM Biennium Conference makes waste matter


Dear colleagues, friends and partners,

The Global Partnership on Waste Management (GPWM) held its first biennium conference on 5 and 6 November in Osaka, Japan. We would like to thank all of you who, through your participation, contributed to the success of the conference and would like to invite all readers to get further involved in GPWM activities.

The conference was opened by Richard Samans, Director General of the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), and conveyed a simple yet important message: Waste matters. The 180 waste experts from over 40 countries, representing a diverse stakeholder group, including governments, international organizations, the private sector, and research institutions, discussed the challenges, opportunities and new trends in waste management. The co-chairs' summary, as well as pictures and the presentations of the conference can be found on the GPWM website: www.unep.org/gpwm/

In this issue...

News from the secretariat: GPWM Biennium Conference makes waste matter

GPWM Steering Committee Meeting

News from the focal areas of work

E-waste:New participants in the focal area

Waste and Climate Change: ISWA at the 18th COP to the UNFCCC in Doha

Marine Litter: Support for national efforts in Northwest Pacific to reduce marine litter

Waste Agricultural Biomass: Capacity Building in India & Cambodia

Integrated Solid Waste Management: New ISWM plans & GPWM participation in the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC)

Waste Minimization: International Resource Panel meets in Tokyo

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United Nations Environment Programme

UNEP IETC
International Environmental Technology Centre

UNEP SCP
Sustainable Consumtion and Production Branch

UNEP DEPI
Division of Environmental Policy Implementation

GPWM Steering Committee Meeting

Back-to-back with the biennium conference, the GPWM steering committee  held its first meeting on 4 November 2012 on the premises of UNEP’s International Environmental Technology Centre (IETC) in Osaka, Japan. The steering committee is the governing body of the GPWM, and is composed of the lead entities of the GPWM’s six focal areas, as well as other core partners from international organizations, civil society and the private sector. At its first meeting, the steering committee reviewed the progress made in the focal areas and provided strategic guidance on the overall work plan of the GPWM.

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: New participants in the focal area

The GPWM network is continiously growing. Recently, two organizations joined the focal area on e-waste, led by UNIDO: The NGO Zero Waste Serbia focuses on activities in waste disposal, pollution prevention and environmental protection and e-waste in Serbia. WorldLoop, an international NGO, is committed to extending the positive impact of information and communication technology projects in developing countries by offsetting the negative environmental impact of its hardware. WorldLoop supports the creation of sustainable e-waste recycling solutions, turning e-waste into sustainable, human and economic resources.

Waste & Climate Change: ISWA at the 18th COP to the UNFCCC in Doha

The International Solid Waste Association (ISWA), leading the focal area on waste and climate change, attended the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Specifically for this occasion, ISWA developed a series of communication and outreach documents:

These documents can also be found on the ISWA website.

Marine Litter: Support for national efforts in Northwest Pacific to reduce marine litter

The Northwest Pacific Action Plan (NOWPAP), participating in the focal area on marine litter, started to address the issue of marine litter in 2005.  Since March 2008, NOWPAP Regional Action Plan on Marine Litter (RAP MALI) has been implemented focusing on prevention, monitoring and removal of marine litter.  Over the last few years, member states have made significant efforts to improve marine litter management at national level as well as at regional level through close cooperation.  The national efforts have been made public on NOWPAP's website and summarized in a leaflet.

Waste Agricultural Biomass: Capacity building in Cambodia & India

Under the focal area of waste agricultural biomass to energy, two IETC capacity building workshops were held in Cambodia and India, in October and December, respectively. Over 30 participants in each workshop were trained in applying technologies for converting waste agricultural biomass into energy and in methodologies to assess the sustainability of technologies. The workshop in Cambodia was co-organized by the National Cleaner Production Office-Cambodia and UNIDO, the Ministry of Industry and Mines, and the Ministry of Environment, while the training in India was attended by the Birla Institute of Management Technology, the Ministry of Renewable Energy, and the Ministry of Environment. Representatives of industry and academic institutions also attended both workshops. Participants visited potential demonstration project sites and technology suppliers.

Integrated Solid Waste Management: New ISWM plans & GPWM participation in the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC)

IETC, the lead of the focal area on integrated solid waste management, continued supporting partners in Vietnam and Cambodia and completed the formulation of draft Integrated Solid Waste Management plans in November 2013.

In addition, IETC and ISWA, the GPWM waste and climate change focal area lead, have commenced collaboration with the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) in the area of solid waste management. The overall goal of this voluntary international partnership is to reduce short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs), slowing down the rate of climate change, protecting the environment and public health, and promoting food and energy security. As a first activity, IETC, now one of the lead partners for the landfills and municipal solid waste management initiative under the CCAC, is working with other partners to undertake rapid assessments of municipal waste and landfills in selected major cities to assist them in formulating their strategies to reduce municipal waste related SLCPs. ISWA will be assisting with a related information platform.

Waste Minimization: International Resource Panel meets in Tokyo

The International Resource Panel (IRP) held its 11th bi-annual meeting from 6 to 10 November 2012 in Tokyo, co-hosted by UNEP, the Ministry of Environment of Japan and the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES). Over 70 experts and policy-makers from all over the world gathered to review ongoing IRP assessments, including on Cities, Metals recycling, Sustainable Land Management, Trade, Water and greenhouse gas (GHG) Mitigation Technologies. Two new assessments on food systems and on land and soils were also adopted.

Experts of the Panel alongside Government representatives examined the policy relevance of the assessments and engaged, together with Japanese stakeholders, including industry representatives, in an interactive session on national resource efficiency efforts. Back-to-back with the IRP meeting, a side event on Green Economy and Resource Efficiency brought together 150 Japanese stakeholders and IRP members discussing the main findings and the future direction of resource efficiency policies and business opportunities for Japan and other Asian countries. UNEP's Sustainable Consumption and Production Branch (SCP), is leading the waste minimization focal area under the GPWM.

Contact us

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

Email: gpwm@unep.org

Website: www.unep.org/gpwm

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