Status of initiative: On track
Description/achievement of initiative

The goal of IPLA is to increase the capacity of local authorities (LAs) for sustainable waste management towards a resource efficient and zero waste society, achieving livable and sustainable cities. Through IPLA:- The capacity of LAs and municipalities will be empowered by better access to tools, technologies, investment opportunities, and international financial mechanisms in the area of municipal waste management. - A dynamic interface between the local authorities and private sector will be built, thereby facilitating public-private partnerships and creating conducive investment climate for expanding waste management services. - Improved urban management towards realizing livable cities in participating LAs.

Implementation methodologies

- Enable LAs to share experience in addressing waste management challenges, as well as in taking advantage of opportunities; - Help in mainstreaming integrated and sustainable waste management strategies such as ISWM and 3Rs; - Promote "green jobs" and stimulate "green investments" in waste management; - Encourage awareness raising and capacity building programs in critical areas of concern; and - Support local action plans and strategies for sustainable waste management.

Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer

The major functions of IPLA is governed by a IPLA Advisory Board. Overall global coordination support is provided by UNCRD in Nagoya./Japan with the supports of a IPLA Global Secretariat and a number of IPLA Regional and Sub-Regional Secretariats. For details, please visit IPLA website -

Coordination mechanisms/governance structure

IPLA serves as a 'dynamic knowledge platform' and a 'decentralized network' among a wide range of partners such as cities and municipalities, governments, the private sector, NGOs, academic and research institutions, international and donor organizations, UN agencies, among others, to address waste management issues, including new emerging issues, at local/municipality level. IPLA builds capacity of local governments and municipalities by sharing knowledge and expertise, best practices and innovative policy options through its dedicated web-portal, regularly held Global Forums, workshops. IPLA partner institutions also carry out a number of capacity building and training activities in waste management related areas. By creating an interface between public and private sector, IPLA combines the advantages of the private sector (dynamism, access to financial resources and latest technologies, managerial efficiency, and entrepreneurial spirit, etc.) with social concerns and responsibility of the public sector (public health and better life, environmental awareness, local knowledge and job creation, etc.).


Global Coordinating Secretariat- UNCRD;
Global Secretariat-tbc;
Regional Secretariat for Africa, Asia and Latin America- UN-HABITAT;
Sub-Regional Secretariat for South Asia- SACEP;
Sub-Regional Secretariat for the Pacific SIDS- SPREP PROE;
Sub-Regional Secretariat for Southern Latin America- Abrelpe ISWA;
Sub-Regional Secretariat for Northern Latin America- UAESP;
Sub-Regional Secretariat for the region covering Australia and New Zealand- Griffith University;
Sub-Regional Secretariat for Mashreq and Maghreb Countries- SWEEPNET;
Sub-Regional Secretariat for Central and Eastern Europe- Regional Environmental Centre;
Sub-Regional Secretariat for the Caribbean SIDS- USC;
Sub-Regional Secretariat for Russia and EurAsEC Countries- ICBET;
Sub-Regional Secretariat for Southern Africa- IWWG;
Sub-Regional Secretariat for Western Africa- LAWMA;
Sub-Regional Secretariat for East-Asia- Basel Convention Regional Centre China.
Launch of IPLA at CSD on 12 May 2011, New York
Registered with Rio+20 Partnership, June 2012, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Launch of IPLA Web Portal which serves as a dynamic interactive platform.
Registered with Partnerships for SDGs
Facilitate international and regional policy dialogue platforms in advancing IPLA objectives for moving towards resource efficient and zero waste society
Train government and municipality officials and practitioners, and NGOs on sustainable waste management and 3Rs. Facilitate Practice, Knowledge and Awareness (PKA) projects
Provide guidelines on zero waste policies and programs for local/municipal authorities in the context of achieving livable and sustainable cities.
Continue to support relevant SDGs
Sustainable Development Goals and targets
Goal 11
Goal 12
Resources devoted to implementation
Other, please specify
Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services Limited (IL&FS)-India, together with Environmental Management Centre, India provide necessary financial, in-kind and technical support in developing the IPLA Web Portal
In-kind contribution
MoE- Korea has been providing financial support for convening IPLA Global Forum. UAESP has been providing financial support for convening the IPLA forums in Colombia related to zero waste policies and inclusion programs.
In-kind contribution
UNCRD will assist LAs in developing zero waste roadmaps and strategies under the framework of IPLA. One such example is a development of a ?Road Map for Zero Waste Ahmedabad?.
In-kind contribution
UNCRD will assist LAs in developing zero waste roadmaps and strategies under the framework of IPLA. One such example is a development of a ?Road Map for Zero Waste Ahmedabad?.
In-kind contribution
UNCRD will facilitate and co-organize IPLA forums and meetings in partnership with the Ministry of Environment- Republic of Korea (MoE-Korea), KSWM, UAESP, GIZ, SWEEP-Net, AIT, UN HABITAT, ISWA, EMC-India, USC, and others
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