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Monthly Report: February 2014

National Waste Management Strategies

Waste management is one of the most significant challenges that developing countries are currently facing. Waste related problems are often addressed by focusing on end of pipe solutions rather than on prevention measures and integrated approaches; and clear targets and consistent national approaches are often lacking, too vague or out of date. Recognising these issues, the UNEP Governing Council decisions 25/8 and 26/3 called for supporting national implementation of integrated waste management, and Rio+20, within the outcome document "The Future We Want", called for the development of comprehensive national waste management strategies (paragraph 218).

In response to these calls, UNEP IETC in collaboration with United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) published the Guidelines on Waste Management Strategies: Moving from Challenges to Opportunities in (month) 2013. This publication provides a conceptual and methodological framework for national waste management planning.

UNEP is pilot testing the guidelines with 10 national and city governments. The lessons from the pilot testings will be utilized in the second edition.

The development of national waste management strategies will be undertaken in a set of countries from different regions, starting with countries in Asia in 2014, expanding to Africa in 2015 and to Latin America and the Caribbean in 2016.

For the project in Asia, UNEP is partnering with the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) and engaging sub-regional organizations such as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) and the Interstate Sustainable Development Commission of Central Asia (ISDC). As one of the initial activities of the project, UNEP will conduct an inception workshop in March 2014, with the appointed focal points from Bhutan, Cambodia, India, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal and Tajikistan to build the capacity on the process to follow for formulating the strategy and agreeing on the project’s timelines, budget and activities.

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Partnership with Kyoto University

Clock Tower Centennial Hall, Kyoto University (Yoshida Main Campus) from northwest side.

UNEP IETC has currently started a programme to work with a consortium of universities to develop an academic curriculum on waste management for postgraduate studies and continuing education. Kyoto University is one of the important partners for this programme.

Prof. Shinichi Sakai of Kyoto University is the focal person for this cooperation with IETC. A recognized academic in the field of waste management and 3R (reduce, reuse and recycle), he serves as the Chair of International Committee of Japan Society for Material Cycles and Waste Management and is Editor-in-Chief of the organization’s journal. IETC and Kyoto University are also organizing two major sessions at the 3R International Conference on 11 March 2014: the first session will celebrate the launch of IETC’s publication on Japanese Industrial Waste Management Experience and the second session will focus on disaster management in line with the second anniversary of the Fukushima Disaster. Both IETC and Kyoto University are located in the Kanasi region, and are furthering partnership to assist developing countries through better research, education and training.

Prof. Shinichi Sakai of Kyoto University is the focal person for this cooperation with IETC. A recognized academic in the field of waste management and 3R (reduce, reuse and recycle), he serves as the Chair of International Committee of Japan Society for Material Cycles and Waste Management and is Editor-in-Chief of the organization’s journal. Both IETC and Kyoto University are located in the Kanasi region, and are furthering partnership to assist developing countries through better research, education and training.

Partnership with Tongji University

Tongji University by Daniel Foster http://www.pcfastlane.com/

Tongji University (TJU) is a leading University in PR China with 40,000 students and 3,300 teaching and research faculty spread over 9 disciplines, with its Civil Engineering program ranked as the topmost in China. In 2002, the UNEP-TJU Institute for Environment and Sustainable Development (IESD) was established. Under UNEP's Global Universities Partnership on Environment and Sustainability (GUPES) and in response to the UN Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI), the IESD serves as a flagship on sustainable development for Tongji University.

On 6 February 2014, Prof. Fengting Li and Prof. Xiaoli Chai visited IETC to discuss the possible areas of cooperation and expertise available at both institutions. An agreement was made to share and thus enhance their mutual expertise and deliver waste management projects in Africa. TJU will participate in the Inception Workshop on the project on Developing National and city level strategies in Asia and work out further details for carrying out similar project in Africa. Both TJU and IETC will have a reciprocal experts' visit with capacity building in solid waste management and liquid waste management.

It was agreed that both institutions will share and thus enhance their mutual expertise and deliver waste management projects in Africa. TJU will participate in the Inception Workshop on the project on Developing National and city level strategies in Asia and work out further details for carrying out similar project in Africa. Both TJU and IETC will have a reciprocal experts' visit towards capacity building in solid waste management and liquid waste management.

The development of national waste management strategies will be undertaken in a set of countries from different regions, starting with countries in Asia in 2014, expanding to Africa in 2015 and to Latin America and the Caribbean in 2016.

For the project in Asia, UNEP is partnering with the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) and engaging sub-regional organizations such as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) and the Interstate Sustainable Development Commission of Central Asia (ISDC).

As one of the initial activities of the project, UNEP will conduct an inception workshop in March 2014, with the appointed focal points from Bhutan, Cambodia, India, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal and Tajikistan to build the capacity on the process to follow for formulating the strategy and agreeing on the project’s timelines, budget and activities. For more information please visit here.


Next month

  • 4-5 March: ASEAN visits IETC
  • 5 March: Lecture by Director on Global Development and Opportunities in Asia for the KANKEIREN’s Environment Sectional Committee
  • 7 March: Lecture by Director at Yakeno Elementary School in Tsurumi Ward (Osaka City)
  • 10-12 March: Global Waste Management Outlook (GWMO) core team meeting at IETC
  • 11 March: UNEP Special Session at 3R International Conference at Kyoto University
  • 12-14 March: Inception & Capacity Building workshop at IETC
  • 12-14 March: Academic Curriculum Development at IETC
  • 12-14 March: Authours' Meeting Training Resource Pack on Hazardous Waste at IETC