The challenge

While poor solid waste collection and management causes air and water pollution, as well as marine litter and contributes to climate change, a sustainable integrated solid waste management system can actually create opportunities. These include for example green jobs, renewable energies and becoming more self-sufficient by closing the loop for relevant resources.


UN-Habitat contributed to the training of about
waste management officers from 30 African countries in waste SDG monitoring and their capacity development on solid waste management.
UN-Habitat supported the Government of Kisii County to develop its Solid Waste management Strategy which will improve services to

Leaving no one and no place behind

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Adequate Waste Management Services are necessary, so everyone can enjoy their right to health, as insufficient waste management contributes to air and soil pollution. 

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As women are still often responsible for household tasks, they are also responsible for waste management, playing an important role. Thus, UN-Habitat is focusing on reaching out to women for capacity building, as well as including them in formal work in the waste management sector.

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UN-Habitat has been supporting youth groups in being integrated in the formal waste management chain, thus enhancing their livelihoods.  

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Sustainable urban development can only be achieved if persons with disabilities are included meaningfully in decision-making and are able to access their rights. UN-Habitat partners with representative groups and individual rights holders, as well as national and local governments, relevant UN bodies and civil society to maximize impact and to meaningfully ensure that the rights including accessibility and universal design of persons with disabilities are promoted, respected and protected. 

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