Waste management interventions are often hampered by lack of awareness and limited knowledge on resource recovery technologies, poly tools and financial mechanisms. The ability to appropriately and sustainably manage municipal solid waste rests on well-developed and well-build capacity for city officials and other waste management practicioners, as well as environmentally conscious citizens. Therefore, UN-Habitat is developing tools that help increase the knowledge of city officials, and sensitize citizens on their responsibilities.
Towards a Solution
In order to develop the capacity of all waste management practitioners, and to offer the general public and schools effective and sufficient waste education, UN-Habitat is engaging its beneficiaries with the three different approaches, stated below. These activities are carried out under the African Clean Cities Platform (ACCP) and the Waste Wise Cities Campaign (WWCC).
1. Waste Academy:
Target: City government officials and practitioners related to ACCP and WWCC networks.
Academy participants are offered tailored courses and learning materials, and can also join a Discussion Forum in order to address questions and other issues. The Forums are facilitated by moderators communicating with course participants. Issues faced by member cities are addressed by network and experts from UN-habitat. Through the Academy, member cities also receive assistance for developing project proposals from UN-Habitat, including facilitation of project financing of feasible projects. The main goal of the Academy is to build the capacity of waste management practitioners so they are better equipped make informed decisions and implement interventions for improving waste management in and shifting towards the circular economy.
2. Awareness Toolkit and Guide:
Target: City authorities and community residents.
The toolkit is a community education and awareness strategy designed by UN-Habitat to promote behavioural change at community level and transform habits and perceptions about waste as a resource. The goal is to foster behavioural change at the community level to achieve sustainable resource and solid waste management.
3. School Programme:
Target: Teachers and students of pre-primary and primary schools as well as higher education entities within the ACCP and WWCC networks.
Children should acquire appropriate literacy and education on the waste management since childhood, so they can start practicing appropriate waste and resource management in their daily lives. In order to encourage regular waste education activities at school, UN-Habitat has developed the Waste Wise School Toolkits, which includes 5Rs education guidelines, among other materials. Additionally, the programme identifies innovative educational programmes and publicizes them through the WWCC website and through our partner entities. Regional trainings and workshops are also organised, in collaboration with regional associations or Ministries of Education, in order to mainstream the School Programme and incorporate it their strategy. Other programme activities were carried out at schools by youth groups such YPG, JICA volunteers and relevant organisations.
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|NAME OF SOLUTION||Countries||SDG||Project Status|
Adaptation for Smallholder Agriculture Programme Establishing better working conditions for smallholder farmers through the use of good practices and new technologies
|Global||08 - Decent Work and Economic Growth 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities 13 - Climate Action 15 - Life on Land||Ongoing||View Details|
ADELANTE Programme Knowledge Bank Creating a public repository of triangular cooperation learning
|Global||01 - No Poverty 02 - Zero Hunger 03 - Good Health and Well-being 04 - Quality Education 05 - Gender Equality 08 - Decent Work and Economic Growth 09 - Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure 10 - Reduced Inequalities 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production 16 - Peace and Justice Strong Institutions||Ongoing||View Details|
AfDB-Brazil South-South Cooperation Trust Fund A fund to promote South-South partnerships and knowledge-sharing among African countries
|Global||08 - Decent Work and Economic Growth 10 - Reduced Inequalities 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production 17 - Partnerships for the Goals||Ongoing||View Details|
Agricultural Innovation Marketplace Promoting the sharing of knowledge on agricultural innovations between Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean
|Global||04 - Quality Education 09 - Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure 10 - Reduced Inequalities 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities||Ongoing||View Details|
AGROB Platform African-first integrated agribusiness platform
|Global||01 - No Poverty 08 - Decent Work and Economic Growth 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production||Ongoing||View Details|