Who we are

IETC has evolved over its 25-year history.

The mandate of IETC, as agreed in Decision 16/34 of UNEP Governing Council, is the transfer of environmentally sound technologies (EST) to developing countries and countries with economies in transition. This was reinforced by the GC’s adoption of the Bali Strategic Plan for Technology Support and Capacity-building in its 23rd Session in February 2005 and subsequent United Nations Environment Assembly’s resolutions on chemicals and waste.  


IETC’s Vision: The International Environmental Technology Centre (IETC) works with developing countries to implement sustainable solutions to environmental challenges, with focus on holistic waste management.

To realize this vision, we provide technical and advisory support to national and local governments to enhance their use of environmentally sound strategies and approaches. We also implement in-country demonstration projects using innovative waste prevention and management methods and technologies to improve human well-being, reduce the impact of climate change, increase resilience and create jobs. We work with governments as well as academia, civil society and the private sector. We provide learning opportunities around the world and organize public outreach activities, expert groups and policy dialogues. Working with a wide range of partners and in line with relevant multilateral environmental agreements, our mission is to serve as a global centre of excellence on environmentally sound technologies with focus on holistic waste management.


IETC's efforts in the field of waste management are projected towards 3 directions:

  • Knowledge products on environmentally sound methods and good practice
  • In-country technical and advisory services for design and implementation of environmentally sound technologies and approaches
  • Promotion and dissemination of environmentally sound waste management practices and methods