Turning waste into wealth: World Habitat Day focus on cleaning up cities

Waste can have a devastating effect on public health, the environment, and the climate, but cutting-edge innovation and technology can provide improved, cheaper solutions to the challenge, and help cities and communities to see waste as a business opportunity. This was the message marking World Habitat Day, on Monday, with a focus on waste management.

FROM THE FIELD: Turning waste into a business in the slums of Yaoundé, Cameroon

The increasing volume and complexity of waste associated with modern economies is posing a serious risk to ecosystems and human health. Every year, an estimated 11.2 billion tons of solid waste are collected worldwide, according to the UN Environment Programme.

UN and Africa: focus on Gabon, CAR and Ocean Conference

Gabon to create vast network of protected marine areas in Africa

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UNEP launches #CleanSeas campaign to reduce plastic use

Unless people stop dumping plastic items such as bottles, bags and cups after using them just once, there could be more plastic in the oceans than fish by 2050.

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New protocol seeks to understand and monitor food loss and waste

It’s estimated that one-third of food produced worldwide is either lost or wasted even as 800 million people globally go hungry.

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Recycling, proper waste treatment can be veritable ‘gold mine’ – UN environmental study

Some 3.5 billion people, half the world’s population, lack crucial waste management services, significantly harming environment, health and economies, the United Nations reported today, stressing that recycling and proper treatment can be a literal and metaphorical gold mine.

At UN conference, countries boost protection against hazardous chemicals and waste

Representatives from 170 countries have adopted a series of measures to strengthen protections against hazardous chemicals and waste during a United Nations conference in Geneva.

UN environment agency backs action to regulate e-waste in Kenya

Kenya is set to become the first East African nation to regulate the management of electronic waste, also known as “e-waste”, following a conference run by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

As e-waste mountains soar, UN urges smart technologies to protect health

With the mountains of hazardous waste from electronic products growing exponentially in developing countries, sometimes by as much as 500 per cent, the United Nations today called for new recycling technologies and regulations to safeguard both public health and the environment.

Hazardous medical wastes targeted in $40-million joint UN-Indian project

The United Nations agency that promotes industrial development for poverty reduction and environmental sustainability has teamed up with the Government of India in a $40-million pilot project to help the country’s healthcare system dispose of hazardous medical waste.