UNU Launches Collaborative Waste Management Platform, Connecting Cities and Communities

Manila, Philippines – October 27, 2023 – The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) announced the launch of the "Collaborative Waste Management Platform," a groundbreaking digital solution to empower cities and communities to effectively manage their waste.

"Driven by UN Sustainable Development Goals, our aim is to foster an inclusive and collaborative approach to waste management, where cities and communities can share best practices, resources, and technologies," said Inger Andersen, UNEP Executive Director. "This platform will be a vital tool to drive transformative change and achieve environmental sustainability."

Key Features of the Collaborative Waste Management Platform:

  • Knowledge Hub: A repository of curated resources, case studies, and technical guidelines on waste management.
  • Community Marketplace: A platform for cities and communities to connect with waste management service providers, technology vendors, and funding opportunities.
  • Collaboration Network: An interactive space for cities and communities to share their own innovative solutions, challenges, and successes.
  • Data & Analytics: Access to curated data and analytics on waste management performance, enabling better planning and decision-making.

Driving Sustainable Waste Management:

The Collaborative Waste Management Platform aims to:

  • Enhance public participation and community ownership in waste management.
  • Improve waste collection, sorting, and disposal efficiency.
  • Foster innovation and resource recovery through composting, recycling, and other sustainable practices.
  • Develop capacity and strengthen institutional frameworks for waste management.

Benefits for Cities and Communities:

  • Improved waste management efficiency and cost savings.
  • Enhanced public health and environmental protection.
  • Increased community engagement and empowerment.
  • Access to innovative technologies and funding opportunities.

Collaboration for a Sustainable Future:

By providing a space for collaboration and resource sharing, the platform empowers cities and communities to take ownership of their waste management challenges.

"Effective waste management is not solely a government responsibility but requires the active participation of local communities and the private sector," said Maimunah Mohd Sharif, UN-Habitat Executive Director. "This platform will be a catalyst for achieving sustainable waste management practices in our cities and beyond."


1. Who can access the platform?

The platform is open to all cities, communities, and stakeholders involved in waste management.

2. How do I contribute to the platform?

You can contribute by sharing your own waste management solutions, experiences, and data on the platform.

3. What kind of resources can I find on the platform?

The platform offers a wealth of resources, including best practices, case studies, technical guides, and funding opportunities.

4. How can I connect with other cities and communities?

The platform features a collaboration network where cities and communities can connect with each other and share ideas.

5. What is the cost of using the platform?

The platform is free to use for all verified users.


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