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International Day of Zero Waste 2024: Unleashing the Power in Youth

CYMG Chemicals, Waste and Pollution WG

Join CYMG in celebrating youth initiatives leading towards a waste-free future

The International Day of Zero Waste (30th of March) is a global platform to emphasize the critical importance of effective waste management and the imperative to promote sustainable consumption and production practices. Annually, the world generates an alarming 2.1 to 2.3 billion tonnes of municipal solid waste, with approximately 2.7 billion individuals lacking access to proper waste collection, particularly affecting rural communities. The repercussions of waste pollution extend beyond environmental degradation, posing significant threats to human health, and economic prosperity, and exacerbating the triple planetary crisis of climate change, biodiversity loss, and pollution. Without immediate action, projections indicate a staggering increase in annual municipal solid waste generation, reaching 3.8 billion tonnes by 2050.

We are delighted to share with you updates from our work at the Chemicals, Waste and Pollution Working group of CYMG as we commemorate the second International Day of Zero Waste. Find below the information of online events CYMG is taking part of organizing:

1) "Youth Impact for Zero Waste: Spotlight on Challenges, Solutions, Actions and Policy Advocacy" online event

Date and Time: Sunday, 24th of March 2024 between 14:00 and 15:30 UTC

Concept note | Meeting Slides

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2) "Zero Waste Futures: Youth Leadership and Solutions from the Asia Pacific to the Caribbean" online event by UNEP's Caribbean Sub-Regional Office, International Environment Technology Centre, and CYMG

Date and Time: Tuesday, 26th of March 2024 between 15:00 and 16:30 UTC

Registration link:

Event Webpage | Concept Note

Through engaging in sessions led by expert speakers and youth representatives from diverse regions, attendees will gain insights into the global waste management landscape, learn about impactful initiatives, and discover actionable steps towards a circular economy. With a focus on collaboration and collective action, this event serves as a platform for fostering dialogue, inspiring change, and catalyzing a global shift towards zero waste.

#BeatWastePollution #ZeroWasteDay2024 #PowerInYouth #Youth4PeopleAndPlanet

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