JEU & MSB Workshop – Call for action for better disaster waste management

Disaster waste presents a major impediment to rescue operations and the delivery of humanitarian aid. It poses a risk not only to the health and safety of humans, but also to the natural environment and livelihood recovery. Recognizing these challenges, a group of environmental experts and professionals met in Geneva in November 2016 to examine opportunities for better coordination of disaster waste management. Co-organized by the UN Environment / OCHA Joint Unit, at the initiative of the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency and the United Nations Development Programme, the workshop witnessed a total of 24 participants from a broad range of organizations coming together to share experiences and identify opportunities for improvement. The workshop participants’ signed a Joint Statement (available here). If you are interested in joining this initiative, please contact the JEU (


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