Zero Waste MENA has been officially approved as a member of the International Partnership for Expanding Waste Management Services of Local Authorities (IPLA). As Zero Waste MENA’s mission align with IPLA mission of expanding waste management-related services of LAs in the context of sustainable development, ZW MENA has given the approval to be part of this widely expanding network.
IPLA is a dynamic knowledge platform as well as a decentralized network established to address the needs of LAs in achieving sustainable waste management. Although IPLA is unique in terms of giving specific focus to LAs, it would draw synergies with existing international initiatives and partnerships on waste management.
Local authorities (LAs) of emerging and developing economies face capacity constraints in terms of technological, financial, institutional, and policy aspects in implementing waste management infrastructure and associated services. The rising volume and complexity of waste streams are posing challenges to LAs threatening human health and ecosystem as well as the security of resources.
At the Intersessional Conference of the Nineteenth Session of the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD-19) on Building Partnerships for Moving Towards Zero Waste held from 16 to 18 February 2011 in Tokyo, Japan, the establishment of the International Partnership for Expanding Waste Management Services of Local Authorities (IPLA), with the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) being its Global Secretariat, was unanimously endorsed. IPLA was officially launched during the CSD-19 held in May 2011.
Ramy Salem, founder of ZW MENA, stated that this new partnership will give an opportunity for member countries and local authorities to have a wider networking base to share knowledge and expertise. ZW MENA is committed to exert all efforts to help our members to have stronger links with international organizations and officially recognized platforms.