In the context of the resumed Fifth Session of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-5.2), to be held from 28 February to 2 March, a Resolution to negotiate a new legally binding global agreement to address pollution from plastics is on the agenda.

ISWA as a global network, working in the public interest to promote and develop sustainable and professional waste management. As such, ISWA has taken an active role in advocating for a sound arrangement on this treaty. While representing stakeholders in the waste management industry, ISWA also aims to establish the position of it’s members and the waste and resource management industry at large.

The Waste and Resource Management industry has an integral role in mitigating plastics entering the oceans. It is important for the sector to have a voice in the international environmental politics and policy arena.

If the waste sector (represented by ISWA) is involved in these processes, the proposals that come from the negotiations can be best positioned for success from the earliest stage of design.

Therefore, ISWA is actively engaging in the conversation at a high level, presenting our position paper and calling upon Member Sates at UNEA 5.2 to include key considerations in the future Resolution about Plastic Pollution.


These key considerations highlight the various aspects of waste management that are required to produce a well-rounded approach to mitigating plastics pollution in the worlds oceans. From stopping open dumping and open burning, to creating a robust financing and governance systems, the key considerations emphasises the need to address the entire waste management challenge.

ISWA participated on three fronts:


  1. ISWA’s Position Paper on Plastics Pollution: ISWA commits itself to mitigating plastics pollution in the worlds oceans, through a well-rounded waste management approach.


  1. A Joint Global Statement: adopted as an outcome of the Global Major Groups and Stakeholders Forum 19 (GMGSF)


  1. An Official Side Event on open dumping and open burning: “Reimagining waste management to reduce open dumping and open burning in Africa: Pathways to reduce climate pollutants and health hazards”. In collaboration with Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC), African Union Commission (AUC), UNEP Regional Office for Africa, UN-Habitat, JICA/Ministry of Environment of Japan, United Nations High Level Champions (UNHLC), SEI, ICLEI-Africa, Engineering X – Royal Academy of Engineering, C40, Practical Action, Slum Dwellers International.


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