MANDATE OF IETC
In 2005, UNEP IETC developed a full-fledged portfolio on waste management, which initially comprised two focal areas: resource augmentation by utilizing waste and integrated solid waste management. After the successful implementation of an initial set of activities, there was demand to address specific waste streams such as waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE / e-waste), waste agricultural biomass, health care waste, waste oils, waste plastics, and disaster debris. In 2009, UNEP Governing Council 25 acknowledged the efforts of UNEP IETC and requested a scaling up of the activities.
Water and sanitation
Historically, water has been a key focal area with initiatives on the management of lakes and reservoirs, integrated water resource management (IWRM) based on the ecosystem approach, and promotion of water-related ESTs. UNEP IETC's water and sanitation programme has aimed to improve access to safe drinking water and sanitation, particularly through wastewater management. In the future, water and sanitation will be addressed as part of the waste management agenda.
UNEP IETC has experience in a wide range of activities including technical assistance, demonstration/ pilot projects, capacity building, and advisory services.