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West Asian countries 'can achieve major 2030 SDGs'

DUBAI, June 3, 2020

Most West Asian countries can achieve the key targets and waste-related 2030 Sustainable Development Goals by developing sound governanc, planning and implementation measures, as well as securing the necessary resources, according to the first Waste Management Outlook launched today (June 3).
 
Focusing on waste management systems, finance and governance, the Regional Outlook articulates a means of future progress toward sustainable waste management to enable a transition from a region historically dependent on the low cost of dumping waste to one utilizing waste as a resource. 
 
To visualize this process, the Regional Outlook highlights the potential of the circular economy, in which waste serves as a resource and as a driver of regional economic growth through multistakeholder involvement, creating a range of funding and investment opportunities.
 
“While the Covid-19 pandemic exacerbates the already growing waste management challenges in various countries in West Asia, the waste management outlook will help the countries in reviewing their current waste management systems and developing resilient waste management systems,” remarked Sami Dimassi, Regional Director and Representative of the United Nations Environment Programme for West Asia (UNEP). 
 
The Regional Outlook reviews and assesses current waste and environmental management legal and legislative systems in the 12 West Asian countries and unveils that additional regulatory support is necessary for the development of integrated waste management systems and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. 
 
In addition, specific legislation, guidance and enforcement are required to address specific waste streams such as e-waste.
 
Hossam Allam, Regional Programme Director of the Centre for Environment and Development for the Arab Region & Europe (CEDARE), said: "West Asia has unique regional features arising from its culture, religion, history and climate that impact waste generation and management across the region, and this Regional Outlook examines issues unique or particularly noteworthy for the region that significantly impact waste generation and management." 
 
Set up in 1992, CEDARE is a global inter-governmental organization with diplomatic status.
 
“West Asian countries are aware of and responding to their waste management challenges. Progress will be dependent on strengthening waste governance at the city and national levels,” noted Antonis Mavropoulos, President of the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA).  
 
Keith Alverson, Director of the International Environmental Technology Centre (IETC), said: "Waste management is a cross-cutting issue with strong linkages to a range of other global issues such as climate change and the Regional Outlook will help the West Asian countries with climate change mitigation options from the waste sector."
 
Considering various waste related issues including climate change, the Regional Outlook proposes an integrated waste management technology framework to enable decision makers to address current treatment issues and maximize value derived from the treatment of municipal solid waste.-TradeArabia News Service



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