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International Day of Zero Waste observed on March 30 Loop Jamaica

The United Nations General Assembly is reporting that March 30 has been marked as International Day of Zero Waste.

The decision was made after the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution at its seventy-seventh session to observe the day annually.

“The International Day of Zero Waste aims to promote sustainable consumption and production patterns, support the societal shift towards circularity and raise awareness about how zero-waste initiatives contribute to the advancement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the United Nations said in a release.

Close to 15 million tons of solid waste is produced in the Caribbean per year and Waste management is a major issue in the Region.

To tackle this problem the “Zero Waste in the Caribbean: New Ways, New Waves” project has been launched funded by the European Union, in collaboration with CARIFORUM, co-financed by the German cooperation and implemented by AFD, GIZ, and UNEP, in partnership with the OECS, focused on the CARIFORUM countries.

Mission and Vision

The project aims to achieve the following four main outputs:

Robust SWM legal and strategic frameworks are developed, in the context of promoting a circular economy for the region.

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Capacity for sustainable consumption and sustainable waste management in targeted areas is enhanced.

Investment opportunities in the solid waste sector are defined and facilitated.

Increased awareness of the EU-CARIFORUM partnership by Caribbean institutions and citizens, including in the field of SWM and circular economy.