Waste Management

Current activities

Current activities supported by UNITAR include providing technical support to GEF-funded projects on:

  • unintentionally produced POPs management, in cooperation with UNDP, in The Gambia (2018-2021)
  • unintentionally produced POPs management, in cooperation with UNIDO, in the SADC region (2018-2020)

These projects involve providing training, awareness raising, and other technical support to promote BAT and BEP to reduce unintentionally produced POPs releases from the open burning of waste.

Guidelines for the Development, Review, and Updating of National Waste Management Strategies

UNEP’s International Environmental Technology Centre (UNEP IETC) and UNITAR have prepared "Guidelines for National Waste Management Strategies: Moving from Challenges to Opportunities".

The guidance is available in EnglishFrench and Spanish.

These guidelines serve to respond to calls for UNEP (through UNEP Governing Council resolutions 25/8 and 26/3) to support national implementation of integrated waste management and to the Rio+20 call for development of comprehensive national waste management strategies (paragraph 218 of the outcome document, "The Future We Want").

The strategy guidelines are intended to foster an 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, connections between waste management and climate change, and the potential for greater resource recovery from waste.