Status of initiative: On track
Description/achievement of initiative

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 objectives of the GPWM are:Objectives and Expected OutcomesTo enhance international cooperation, outreach, advocacy, knowledge management and sharing, and identifying and filling information gaps in waste management to protect human health and environment, and to tackle adverse impacts of unsound management of waste.To raise awareness, political will, and capacity to promote resource conservation and resource efficiency through waste prevention and by recovering valuable material and/or energy from waste.

Implementation methodologies

Expected Outcomes:- Holistic approach to waste management is promoted.- Level of waste management activities is increased due to enhanced international cooperation, advocacy, awareness, political will, and outreach.- Already available information is shared and additional information is created to fill the gaps.- Better coordination among member institutions so that they can benefit from each others’ actions.- Efficient and synergized activities to avoid duplication and to promote efficiency of efforts.- Wider range of partners and stakeholders are approached for enhanced and coordinated activities.

Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer

Coordination mechanisms/governance structure

The steering committee is the governing body of the GPWM reviewing and providing guidance on the overall workplan of the GPWM and the progress made. The GPWM steering committee will meet at least once a year, in person or through electronic means.


United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) International Telecommunication Union (ITU) The Basel Convention Regional Centre for Asia and the Pacific (BCRC China)
2015 December
Report of the GPWM workshop and meeting
Sustainable Development Goals and targets
Goal 11
11.6 - By 2030, reduce the adverse per capita environmental impact of cities, including by paying special attention to air quality and municipal and other waste management
Goal 12
12.4 - By 2020, achieve the environmentally sound management of chemicals and all wastes throughout their life cycle, in accordance with agreed international frameworks, and significantly reduce their release to air, water and soil in order to minimize their adverse impacts on human health and the environment
12.5 - By 2030, substantially reduce waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse
Goal 17
17.16 - Enhance the global partnership for sustainable development, complemented by multi-stakeholder partnerships that mobilize and share knowledge, expertise, technology and financial resources, to support the achievement of the sustainable development goals in all countries, in particular developing countries
Resources devoted to implementation
Staff / Technical expertise
UNEP staff
Progress reports
  • 2016 (26 June 2016)
Cut off date each year: 1 July
This initiative does not yet fulfil the SMART criteria.
Date of completion: Ongoing
Operating in countries
Contact information/focal point(s)
Shunichi Honda,

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