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Date and time: 30 March 2023, 13:00-14:30 GMT

Organizers: International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) and UN-Habitat

Link for registration: HERE

Description: On 30 March 2023, the first annual International Day of Zero Waste takes place.

The world is generating more than 2 billion tonnes of municipal solid waste every year, of which 45% is mismanaged. This makes a pile taller than Mt. Everest every year. Without action, by 2050 this will be doubled. Our current production and consumption patterns harm the environmental and human health, disproportionately affecting the poor.

Zero waste promotes responsible production and consumption patterns and encourages a shift towards a circular system. This can foster inclusive and sound waste management to minimize and prevent waste. All stakeholders – including national and local governments, civil society, the private sector, academia, communities, women, and youth – have a role to play in achieving zero waste.

On 14 December 2022, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution at its seventy-seventh session to proclaim 30 March as International Day of Zero Waste, to be observed annually. On International Day of Zero Waste, Member States, organizations of the United Nations system, civil society, the private sector, academia, youth, and other stakeholders are invited to engage in activities aimed at raising awareness of national, subnational, regional, and local zero-waste initiatives and their contribution to achieving sustainable development.

This webinar provides an opportunity to recognize the global effort to reduce and manage waste more responsibly, sharing experiences around the world to explore the roles of cities. The outcome of the webinar will be a call to action with practical steps for all the actors to take. The good practices on zero waste cities will be collected and plugged into the Waste Wise Academy.


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