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Issue #5 12 March 2013

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

News from the secretariat

Dear colleagues, friends and partners,

The 27th regular session of the UNEP Governing Council/ Global Ministerial Environment Forum, which took place in Nairobi from 18 to 22 February 2013, welcomed the progress in establishing the Global Partnership on Waste Management.  The Governing Council requested UNEP to continue to facilitate cooperation and coordination across international efforts focusing on waste prevention, minimization, and management. The GPWM secretariat is looking forward to implementing this decision by providing support for coordination and by promoting cooperation in waste management.

In this issue...

News from the secretariat

Needs assessment report expanded

News from the focal areas of work


Waste and Climate Change

Marine Litter

Waste Agricultural Biomass

Integrated Solid Waste Management

Waste Minimization

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Needs assessment report expanded

The GPWM has published four new country needs assessments, namely for Egypt,  Indonesia, South Africa, and Zambia. The assessments analyze the needs for capacity building on waste management in developing countries and countries with economies in transition. The analyses can be retrieved from the GPWM information platform, the online information portal that aims to promote, share and exchange information on solid waste related issues. The whole report can be downloaded here.

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.


UNEP Governing Council side event on E-Waste

UNIDO, leading the focal areas on e-waste, and UNEP IETC participated in a UNEP Governing Council/ Global Ministerial Environment Forum side event on a Pan-African Partnership on E-Waste, held on 21 February 2013. As a follow-up to the call for action on e-waste in Africa that was agreed upon at the Pan-Africa Forum on E-waste in March 2012, the side event aimed to share knowledge and experience on e-waste from other regions and to discuss the idea of a Pan-African Partnership on E-waste.

UNIDO e-waste project in Ethiopia

UNIDO is commencing implementation of the first GEF-financed e-waste project in Ethiopia, which was developed in close cooperation with the Solving the E-waste Problem (StEP) Initiative and the Ethiopian Government. As a result of rapid economic growth, e-waste in Ethiopia is increasingly generated from both new and second hand equipment. To avoid environmental impacts from unsound processing of e-waste, this project aims to establish a national e-waste strategy for Ethiopia and upscale current operations at the Refurbishment and De-manufacturing Center in Akaki. The official kick-off meeting will take place in Addis Ababa in April, including one open session on 19 April. For more information, please contact Ms. Elisabeth Herbeck ( 

World Summit on the Information Society Review Event session on e-waste

At the World Summit on the Information Society Review Event (WSIS+10), which was hosted by UNESCO in Paris, from 25 to 27 February 2013, the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions organized and moderated a session on “Avoiding e-waste: Sustainable life-cycle management of ICT equipment”.  Panelists from the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), UNEP, UNIDO, Telecom Italia, Hewlett Packard, and the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology, Egypt, discussed how sustainability standards for ICT and environmentally sound management of e-waste pose environmental, socio-economic and health-related challenges, but also provide opportunities to create green jobs as well as economic incentives. Recommendations from the WSIS+10 Review Event, including the Avoiding E-waste Session, will feed into the 2015 UN General Assembly review and discussion on an action plan for the new information/ knowledge society. More info here.

Waste & Climate Change

Climate and Clean Air Coalition meeting on municipal waste management in Vancouver

Climate and Clean Air Coalition meeting on municipal waste management in VancouverLeading the focal area on waste and climate change, the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) will participate in the first meeting of the task force on Mitigating SLCPs from the Municipal Solid Waste Sector under the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC), which will take place in Vancouver, Canada, on 11 and 12 March. As one of the first activities under the CCAC, UNEP IETC, for its part, has been tasked to carry out rapid assessments in three Asian cities, namely Dhaka, Bangladesh, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, and Penang, Malaysia. The reports of these and nine other assessments in other cities will be presented at the first task force meeting. Based on the reports, the task force will then identify and implement key interventions in these cities. This first meeting is also intended to bring cities and initiative partners together to strengthen action to reduce short lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) from the municipal solid waste sector. This will be done through peer-to-peer knowledge exchanges, training sessions, and establishing a collaborative network approach. A major outcome of this event will be plans for direct and on-the-ground action that the CCAC and cities would carry out jointly in 2013-2014. The results and lessons learned from the task force projects will be made available through an online platform, which ISWA will develop. More about the CCAC here

Marine Litter

Promotion of best practices in dealing with marine litter

Promotion of best practices in dealing with marine litterSupported by the Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-based Activities (GPA), the Northwest Pacific Action Plan (NOWPAP) is currently carrying out three projects through its Regional Activity Centres and Marine Litter Focal Points. These projects are dealing with the promotion of best practices in dealing with marine litter in fisheries, aquaculture and shipping, and from land-based sources, respectively. The goal of the third project is to promote the role of China’s environmental NGOs in marine litter control. The projects will be completed in 2013 and result in the publication of three reports.  Another report on the negative impacts of marine litter will also be published. More information here.

Waste Agricultural Biomass

Capacity building in Cambodia, India, and Costa Rica

Waste Agricultural BiomassIETC, leading the focal area on waste agricultural biomass (WAB), has continued implementing demonstration projects in Cambodia and India. From 25 to 27 February 2013, a project team was trained in a workshop on Technologies for Converting Waste Agricultural Biomass into Energy, which was held in Delhi.

The WAB project approach that has been implemented in the Asia region will soon be replicated in the Central America region. The first project will be implemented in Costa Rica. 

Integrated Solid Waste Management

Workshop on guidelines to develop national waste management strategies

Integrated Solid Waste Management

From 5 to 7 February 2013, IETC, leading the focal area on integrated solid waste management (ISWM), in collaboration with the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), held a workshop to finalize “Guidelines for the development, review and updating of national waste management strategies”, in Osaka, Japan. The guidelines are intended to foster a holistic and overarching approach to national waste management planning. They build upon and cross reference the many valuable materials that have previously been developed to provide technical support for management of individual waste streams or parts of the waste life-cycle, and to support planning in related fields such as chemicals management. The strategy guidelines also take account of recent policy emphases relating, for example, to "green economy" objectives, linkages between waste management and climate change, and the potential for greater resource recovery from waste. More info here.

Capacity building in Honduras

IETC also recently started a new project to build capacity on ISWM in Honduras in three to five pilot cities. The project builds on past experiences in cities in Asia, Africa, and South America. The National Cleaner Production Centre (NCPC) of Honduras will be the executing partner. The NCPC will undertake project activities in coordination with the national association of municipalities in Honduras (AMHON). The activities will be implemented over the course of 2013.

Reusing disaster waste in Haiti  

Integrated Solid Waste ManagementDisaster Waste Recovery (DWR), a UK-registered NGO and a participant in the GPWM, was on the ground within a week of the January 2010 Haiti earthquake. Recently, it completed a range of disaster debris and waste projects. Over the past three years, DWR managed operations of the Ministry of Public Works, Transport and Communications (MTPTC)/ UN debris crushing site in Port-au-Prince, which donated graded material crushed for use in rebuilding projects. In one of these projects, local people were trained to construct gabions with the crushed material, which will be used to prevent landslides during the rainy season. Finer material from the crushing site was also being used in the production of paving stones for low volume roads around the capital. More info here.

Waste Minimization

New clearinghouse on sustainable consumption and production launched

New clearinghouse on sustainable consumption and production launchedUNEP’s Sustainable Consumption and Production branch (SCP), leading the focal area on waste minimization, recently launched the Global SCP clearinghouse. In its capacity as the Secretariat of the 10-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production (10YFP), UNEP provides the Global SCP clearinghouse as a unique one-stop hub dedicated to advancing Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) worldwide. The Global SCP Clearinghouse is a harmonized and dynamic information and knowledge platform that will facilitate and trigger more innovation and cooperation towards SCP implementation. For more information, please go to:

Campaign on food waste

Campaign on food wasteUNEP, in cooperation with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and other partners, recently launched the ‘Think.Eat.Save. Reduce Your Foodprint’ campaign to reduce food loss and waste along the entire chain of food production and consumption. The new campaign specifically targets food wasted by consumers, retailers and the hospitality industry. Think.Eat.Save. aims to accelerate action and provide a global vision and information-sharing portal ( for the many and diverse initiatives currently underway around the world.

The campaign has already been taken up by a number of stakeholders from all over the world. For example, the Indian NGO Local Governance Network, a participant in the GPWM, will undertake a study on measures to reduce food waste in the Indian context. More info here

Packaging waste in Taiwan

A recent report by the Sustainable Environmental Technology and Management, Co. Ltd. (SETM), a private sector participant in the GPWM, found that the Excessive Package Restriction (EPR) under the Resource Recycling Act (RRA) in Taiwan, which came into force in 2006, prevented an estimated 14,032 tons of packaging material in the period between 2007 and 2011. Under the guidance of the Taiwan Environmental Protection Administration (TEPA), SETM assisted in implementing the EPR by advising industries on packaging requirements, encouraging participation of enterprises in an annual Voluntary Packaging Reduction Agreement, and promoting green packaging design. More information here

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



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