• Lead-organizer: International Solid Waste Association
  • 11:30 - 13:00
  • Date: 19 Jun 2012
  • Room: T-4

Zero Waste Strategies and Actions towards Sustainable Cities

Organizing partners

Lead Organizer: International Solid Waste Association (ISWA)


About the event:

The rapid increase in volume and diversification of solid waste generated mainly as a result of economic growth, urbanization, industrialization, and unsustainable production and consumption patterns has had a severe impact on the global and local environment, natural resources, public health, local economy, and living conditions, and threatens the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Sustainable cities attach significant importance to the need for moving towards resource efficient and zero waste society. Zero waste shifts the focus from end-of-pipe solutions and disposal practices, to promote waste minimization and cyclical use of materials in the economy. Zero waste is a long-term vision that ultimately envisages a thriving society that exists within nature?s resource constraints and its ability to assimilate waste.

Detailed programme

Moving towards zero waste is inherently a multi-stakeholder process which calls for partnerships within and between communities, businesses, industries, and all levels of government. With the diversification of waste streams worldwide as well as the growing presence of chemicals and hazardous and toxic elements in the general waste stream, the complexity and daunting nature of waste management challenges therefore require a more extensive collaboration and partnerships among those stakeholders with the central role of local authorities and municipalities. With this background, the International Partnership for Expanding Waste Management Services of Local Authorities (IPLA) was launched on 12 May 2011 at the nineteen session of the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) in New York.

The proposed side event will be the first IPLA meeting in Rio de Janeiro City, Brazil, what makes it an unprecedented event, which in occasion of the Rio +20, will provide the presentations and discussion on the most important issues currently dealt in the solid waste field with a comprehensive and practical view to find out the ways and guidelines at the development of strategies and actions for moving towards low-carbon and zero waste societies.

The event, which is co-organized by IPLA, ISWA, ABRELPE, COMLURB, and UNCRD will feature lectures given by international resources persons and experts who will address a range of relevant topics fitting this new reality, seeking the improvement of currently implemented systems and the improvement of the adopted practices. For this, the programme will be conducted with the objective of promoting, in the light of national and international experiences, a broad discussion on a range of alternatives for the issue of solid waste management, focusing on measures that effectively promote the low-carbon and zero waste societies, including themes like resource efficiency, 3Rs (reduce, reuse, recycle), and partnerships.

The UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) or Rio+20, with themes of 1) a green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication and 2) the institutional framework for sustainable development, provides an excellent opportunity to discuss the importance of partnerships and the win-win opportunities in the municipal waste management sector as well as their implications in realizing sustainable cities.

Target audience:
Local Authorities, Mayors, Municipal secretaries and representatives; and
Authorities and representatives from Regional and Federal governments.

(5 min) Opening
Representative from ISWA
Ms. Chikako Takase, Director, UNCRD

(10 min) Presentation 1
“Contributions of the waste sector to close the loop towards a new green economy”
Mr. David Newman,
Vice President, International Solid Waste Association (ISWA)

(10 min) Presentation 2
“Need to mainstream resource efficiency and 3Rs towards sustainable cities”
Mr. C.R.C. Mohanty,
Environment Programme Coordinator, UNCRD

(10 min) Presentation 3
“Towards greening the waste sector across the MENA Region”
Mr. Anis Ismail, Secretary General, Solid Waste Exchange of Information and Expertise Network in the MENA Region (GIZ/SWEEP-Net), Tunisia

(10 min)
Presentation 4
“Waste management and sustainability in Rio de Janeiro”
Mr. Jose Henrique Penido

(10 min)
Presentation 5
“Advancing zero waste through multi-stakeholder participation in Bogota City” (tbc)
Ms. Liz Yadira Monroy Delgado,
proyecto Bogota basura cero, agendabogotá, Colombia

(30 min) Round Table Discussion
Chair: Carlos Silva Filho – IPLA sub regional Secretariat

(5 min) Closing
Government Representative
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