International Cooperation

International Cooperation

ISWA recognises that necessary change requires a collective effort and one organisation alone cannot achieve this. A shared energy to initiate this change and improve waste management practices globally will allow us to meet the sustainability challenges ahead as the world works towards the Sustainable Development Goals.


For this reason, ISWA strives to achieve its goals in cooperation with several international partners. Alongside our membership base, ISWA has developed strong partnerships with several NGOs, financing institutions, and development agencies. 

Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and Their Disposal

The Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal was adopted on 22 March 1989 by the Conference of Plenipotentiaries in Basel, Switzerland, in response to a public outcry following the discovery, in the 1980s, in Africa and other parts of the developing world of deposits of toxic wastes imported from abroad.


ISWA officially signed the cooperation with Basel Convention in 2013 committing to co-organisation of training courses on hazardous waste management and supporting the Basel Convention's work with consultations and conference inputs.

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.



Climate Technology Centre Network (CTCN)

The CTCN promotes the accelerated transfer of environmentally sound technologies for low carbon and climate resilient development at the request of developing countries. We provide technology solutions, capacity building and advice on policy, legal and regulatory frameworks tailored to the needs of individual countries. ISWA is a network member and project implementer.

Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI) of the William J. Clinton Foundation (WJCF)

The Clinton Foundation works with strategic partners to develop and implement programs that create economic opportunity, improve public health, and inspire civic engagement and service. Building on President Clinton’s longstanding commitment to the environment, the Clinton Climate Initiative develops scalable projects that can be tailored to local conditions while also serving as innovative models for tackling global climate change. This approach helps provide real-world demonstrations of how we can cut emissions while compressing the timeframe for delivering real progress. ISWA signed a Memorandum of Understanding with CCI to cooperate on activities to reduce GHGs.

European Investment Bank (EIB)

The EIB is the European Union's bank is the only bank owned by and representing the interests of the European Union Member States working closely with other EU institutions to implement EU policy. European Investment Bank (EIB) is an Organisation Member of ISWA. 

The German Biogas Association (GBA)

The German Biogas Association

The German Biogas Association unites operators, manufacturers and planners of biogas plants, representatives from science and research and all those interested in the industry. Since its establishment in 1992, it has become Europe’s most influential and independent organization in the field of biogas. GBA Became an organisational member of ISWA in 2015. Since then ISWA contributes to the GBA’s up-coming publications on biogas production from waste. 

Green Climate Fund (GCF)

Green Climate Fund (GCF)

The Green Climate Fund was established with a mission to advance the goal of keeping the temperature increase on our home planet below 2 degrees Celsius. ISWA is an accredited observer organisation of the fund. 

Inter-American Development Bank

Inter-American Development Bank

The Inter-American Development Bank is the largest source of development financing for Latin America and the Caribbean. ISWA and IDB signed a Memorandum of Understanding to formalize a non-exclusive framework of cooperation and to support adequate SWM practices in the Bank's borrowing member countries in Latin America and the Caribbean

IEA Bioenergy – Task Group 36: Energy Recovery from Solid Waste

IEA Bioenergy – Task Group 36: Energy Recovery from Solid Waste

In November 2015 the Executive Committee of IEA Bioenergy approved a three-year work programme on Energy Recovery from Solid Waste – referred to as Task 36 (2016-2018). The Task Objectives include the maintenance of a network of participating countries as a forum for information exchange and dissemination. ISWA and Task Group 36 committed to a mutual consultation with ISWA’s Working Group on Energy Recovery.

International Finance Corporation (IFC)

International Finance Corporation (IFC)

IFC —a sister organization of the World Bank and member of the World Bank Group—is the largest global development institution focused exclusively on the private sector in developing countries. The Bank Group has set two goals for the world to achieve by 2030: end extreme poverty and promote shared prosperity in every country. IFC is an Organisation Member of ISWA.

International Partnership for Expanding Waste Management Services of Local Authorities (IPLA)

International Partnership for Expanding Waste Management Services of Local Authorities (IPLA)

IPLA, launched at CSD-19 in May 2011, aims to foster partnerships among local authorities, private and industry sector, international organizations, donor agencies, scientific and research institutions, and NGOs in achieving sustainable waste management. ISWA is an official partner of IPLA and member of the IPLA Advisory Board.

International Telecommunication Union (ITU)

International Telecommunication Union (ITU)

International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technologies – ICTs. ISWA and ITU are co-operating under the Global E-Waste Statistics Partnership. 

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.

R20 Regions of Climate Action

R20 Regions of Climate Action

The R20 - Regions of Climate Action is a non-profit environmental organization founded in November 2010, by former Governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger, with the support of the United Nations. ISWA signed a Memorandum of Understanding with R20 in 2017 and agreed to cooperate on waste management issues.

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.

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.

United Nations University (UNU) VIE SCYCLE

United Nations University (UNU) VIE SCYCLE

The United Nations University (UNU) is a global think tank and postgraduate teaching organisation headquartered in Japan. The mission of the UN University is to contribute, through collaborative research and education, to efforts to resolve the pressing global problems of human survival, development and welfare that are the concern of the United Nations, its Peoples and Member States. ISWA and UNU are co-operating under the Global E-Waste Statistics Partnership.

Global Methane Initiative (GMI)

United States of America Environmental Protection Agency through its 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.

Waste Management Industry Training & Advisory Board (WAMITAB)

Waste Management Industry Training & Advisory Board (WAMITAB)

WAMITAB is an awarding organisation and charity that develops qualifications for those working in: waste management and recycling, cleaning and street cleansing, facilities management and parking. ISWA and WAMITAB signed a Memorandum of Understanding to cooperate in the development, and convergence of WAMITAB Qualifications and ISWA professional competence framework.

World Bank Group

World Bank Group

With 189 member countries, the World Bank Group is a unique global partnership fighting poverty worldwide through sustainable solutions. ISWA and WBG signed a Memorandum of Understanding establishing a cooperation in the areas of waste management financing options and capacity building.

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

Realdania and the Danish Design Centre

Realdania is a member-based philanthropic organisation who primarily works in Denmark with around 150,000 members. It supports large and small projects that contribute to reaching Realdania's philanthropic goals and mission: To create quality of life for all through the built environment. The Danish Design Centre is a self-governing institution established in Copenhagen in 1978 promoting the use of design in business and industry by giving companies and organisations an opportunity to test how design practices can boost innovation, development and growth. Collaborating with the Danish Design Centre and a number of international organisations, Realdania launched the Circular Construction Challenge - Rethink Waste in 2018 as a way of ecouraging greater reuse, recycle and upcycle of waste to new solutions for the built environment. 


ISWA is the main communications and dissamination partner for the Circular Construction Challenge - Rethink Waste, attracting international experts on waste value chain to pair them up with the winning design ideas to create scalable construction projects.