ZERO WASTE UN DAY – Beat (Plastic) Pollution and more

March 27, 2024 2:00 pm
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ZERO WASTE UN DAY – Beat (Plastic) Pollution & more



What ? : BEAT Waste Pollution Now : Waste pollution endangers human health, harms environment, costs $361B in 2020 alone! 

When ? In 2022, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution to proclaim 30 March as International Day of Zero. It follows other resolutions focused on waste, and namely the one initiating the #Plastic pollution treaty negotiation where the GCH is active from its beginning. Learn more about it

Who? The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) jointly facilitate the observance of #International Day of Zero Waste. States, local and regional governments and other stakeholders are invited to engage in activities aimed at raising awareness of national, subnational, regional and local levels.

Why? Promoting zero-waste initiatives through this International day can help advance all the goals and targets in the #2030Agenda for Sustainable Development, including Sustainable Development Goal 11 and Sustainable Development Goal 12. These goals address all forms of waste, including food loss and waste, natural resource extraction and electronic waste.

The #GCH is very much part of the move, as municipalities and other subnational governments handle the burden of waste management all over the globe!




Date: 27 March 2024
Time: 14:00 
Location: Palais des Nations, Room VIII & Online
Format: Hybrid
Language: English





  • H.E. Emine ERDOĞAN, First Lady of the Republic of Türkiye | Chairperson of the Advisory Board of Eminent Persons on Zero Waste (video message)
  • H.E. Amb. Güven BEGEÇ, Permanent Representative of Türkiye to the United Nations Office at Geneva and other international organizations in Switzerland
  • H.E. Amb. Galib ISRAFILOV, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the United Nations Office and other international organizations in Geneva | UN Climate Change COP29 Host
  • H.E. Amb. Merewalesi FALEMAKA, Permanent Observer of the Pacific Islands Forum to the United Nations Office and other international organizations in Geneva
  • Arnold KREILHUBER, Director for Europe, UN Environment Programme
  • Carlos SILVA FILHO, President, International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) | Member, UN Secretary General’s Advisory Board on Zero Waste
  • Marcos ORELLANA, UN Special Rapporteur on toxics and human rights
  • David OGDEN, Deputy Executive Secretary, Basel, Rotterdam, and Stockholm Conventions
  • Moustapha Kamal GUEYE, Director, Priority Action Programme on Just Transitions, International Labour Organization
  • Maggie MONTGOMERY, Settings Lead, Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Health Unit, World Health Organization
  • Elena SANTER, Environmental Affairs Officer, Environmental Performance Review Programme, UN Economic Commission for Europe
  • Kamelia KEMILEVA, Co-Director, Global Cities Hub
  • Uğur İbrahim ALTAY, President of UCLG and mayor of Konya metropolitan municipality (video message)
  • Graham ALABASTER, Chief, Geneva Office at UN-Habitat | Moderator




Please register here for the online event.