International Cooperation

International Cooperation

ISWA cooperates closely with a number of International Organisations and Initiatives who share similar goals connected with Waste Management.

Let's Do It Foundation

Let's Do It!

Let’s Do It Foundation is the coordinating body of global civic movement Let’s Do It! World. The movement’s mission is to connect and empower people and organisations around the world to make our planet waste free. Currently the movement is planning an organised campaign - World Cleanup Day - 15 September 2018 - with the intention of bringing together people, companies and governments of 150 countries, from Japan to Hawaii.


World Cleanup Day entails mapping all the world’s waste, cleaning it up in one day and making a plan how to keep the planet clean. Since 2008, more than 16 million people have joined the Let’s Do It! World movement in 113 countries.


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United Nations Environment Programme – Division Of Technology Industry And Economies (UNEP-DTIE)

ISWA and UNEP-DTIE have identified 3 core areas  that they work together on including capacity building for developing and transition economy countries; public-private sector cooperation; and the promotion of environmentally sound technologies.


ISWA and UNEPs cooperation includes regular dialogue meetings between UNEP/DTIE and ISWA; integrated web based knowledge platforms; and joint activities, projects and programmes such as joint background papers, joint workshops and seminars, participation in each other’s meetings, and sharing of information and publications.


Under the UNEP-DTIE umbrella, ISWA is working most closely with the International Environmental Technology Centre (IETC) located in Osaka.

Global Partnership on Waste Management (GPWM)

Together with UNEP and UNIDO, ISWA is a lead partner of the GPWM. The GPWM is an open-ended partnership for international organizations, Governments, businesses, academia, local authorities and NGOs. It was launched in November 2010 to enhance international cooperation among stakeholders, identify and fill information gaps, share information and strengthen awareness, political will, and capacity to promote resource conservation and resource efficiency.


The focal area on waste and climate change is led by ISWA.


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Climate & Clean Air Coalition (CCAC)

The Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants is catalyzing rapid reductions in these harmful pollutants to protect human health and the environment now and slow the rate of climate change within the first half of this century. ISWA is a lead partner of the initiative and is very active in the MSW Initiative: Mitigating SLCPs from the Municipal Solid Waste Sector. The MSW Initiative works closely with cities and national governments to address methane, black carbon, and other air pollutants emissions across the municipal solid waste sector.


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United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO)

UNIDO and ISWA have agreed to work together on the following areas: Capacity building for developing countries and economies in transition; and Promotion of environmentally sound practices and technologies to (i) Provide support for the development of sustainable recycling industries; (ii) Provide support to industry in minimizing waste as well as in the safe and correct handling of waste.


The main area of mutual interest is Hazardous Waste Management and Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment.

World Health Organisation (WHO)

ISWA cooperates with the WHO particularly regarding the safe management of Healthcare Waste. ISWA was instrumental in the development of the WHO publication: The Blue Book: Safe management of wastes from health-care activities: 2nd Edition which is a reference document used in hospitals throughout the world.


WHO provides the following valuable web resource on Healthcare Waste

Global Methane Initiative (GMI)

The Global Methane Initiative (GMI or Initiative) is a multilateral initiative that unites public and private interests to advance the recovery and use of methane as a clean energy source.  By engaging public and private sector partners, this initiative brings together the technical and market expertise, financing and technology necessary for project development. The Initiative seeks to develop partnerships in five major methane emissions source areas: agriculture, underground coal mines, landfills, natural gas and oil systems, and wastewater.


A principal goal of these partnerships is to leverage efforts among institutions to increase awareness of opportunities, expand the availability of expertise, and advance methane mitigation

ISWA and GMI collaborate on

  • Coordinating training activities and workshops.
  • Promoting greenhouse gas reduction, mitigation and energy recovery from the waste sector.
  • Building capacity on landfill gas capture and utilization in ISWA-GMI partner countries.
  • Providing critical support, feedback, and review of tools, reports and guidance that may serve to further the above mentioned areas.

The Low Emissions Development Strategies (LEDS) Global Partnership

The Low Emissions Development Strategies (LEDS) Global Partnership was founded to advance climate-resilient low emission development through coordination, information exchange, and cooperation among programs and countries working to advance low emissions growth. Launched in early 2011, the partnership currently brings together 118 governmental and international institutions.


ISWA is the leading organization of the LEDS GP Waste Working Group.


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These are just some examples of the cooperation ISWA has with other international organisations and initiatives. To see a complete overview of ISWA’s current cooperation with International Organisations click here.