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Client: 
UN Habitat
Project start: 
May-2009
Project end: 
December-2009
Staff: 
Anne Scheinberg
Staff: 
Ivo Haenen

UN-Habitat Solid Waste and the World's Cities

Together with more than 25 researchers, 20 cities around the world were thoroughly assessed on their waste management system. The results of this research have been published in the UN-Habitat's book "Solid Waste Management in the World Cities".

What we do

UN Habitat entered into a co-operation with WASTE to produce the UN-Habitat Third Global Report on Water and Sanitation in the World’s cities. Together with more than 25 researchers, 20 cities around the world were thoroughly assessed on their waste management system. The results of this research have been published in the UN-Habitat's “Solid Waste in the World’s Cities" and has won the 2010 publications prize from the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA).

The volume, the product of a combined effort of professionals on solid waste from developing, transitional, and developed countries, is designed to raise and address questions of policy, good and bad practice, sustainable financing, and the role of governance in making waste management fair and effective. Specific ambitions were to:

  • make a significant contribution to the global community of practice working on sustainable and fair modernisation of solid waste management, generally represented by the term integrated sustainable waste management, or iswm
  • create a document that serves both the information and policy needs of decision-makers and the professional needs of practitioners for information on global institutional, technical, and financial practice
  • complement and supplement the existing offer of literature, toolkits, studies, research reports and the like, and where possible update the information in seminal publications from the 1990s.
  • create a frame of reference for (re)defining the main lines of thought about good practice in solid waste management, and a broad constituency for using this frame of reference
  • confront head-on the taboos and problems that every practitioner encounters, but that seldom make their way into print media because of their controversial nature, and
  • treat cities in developed and developing countries in the same way, and broaden existing frameworks to permit and facilitate this.

How we do it

Actual Services provided by our staff:

  • Assemble an editorial team, a city selection method, a set of metrics, and a framework for data collection
  • Prepare an annotated outline of the report and discuss it within the community of practice
  • Facilitation of two Planning/ Expert Group Meetings, including identification of the experts Review and analyze all existing information, statistics and case studies
  • Commissioning of Case Studies and background papers
  • Prepare and submit first draft
  • Prepare and submit final manuscript for graphic design and production