The GWMO is the first of a series of Outlooks. The publication provides a general overview of the state of Waste Management globally and it is being complemented by regional and thematic Waste Management Outlooks for Asia, Central Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), Mountain Regions and Small Island Developing States (SIDS). The Regional Outlooks allow for deeper analyses and propose recommendations better tailored to each region.
The UNEP Governing Council of February 2013, in its decision GC 27/12 on Chemicals and Waste Management, requested UNEP “to develop a global outlook of challenges, trends and policies in relation to waste prevention, minimization and management, taking into account the materials life cycle, subject to the availability of extra-budgetary resources and in consultation with Governments and stakeholders, building on available data, best practices and success stories, taking into account the Global Chemicals Outlook and any other relevant initiatives and taking care not to duplicate existing information, to provide guidance for national policy planning.”
UN Environment International Environmental Technology Centre (IETC) is taking the lead on this initiative.