Following the Rio+20 Earth Summit, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) was mandated to prepare an authoritative global outlook of challenges, trends and policies on waste and resource management.UNEP’s International Environment and Technology Centre (IETC) and the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) have this week announcedthat work has now started on the first Global Waste Management Outlook, aiming for a 2015 publication. Professor David C Wilson has been appointed as Editor in Chief.

The UNEP mandate to prepare the Global Waste Management Outlook (GWMO) originated from the outcome of the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in 2012. Preparation is being led by the IETC in Osaka, japan, in asociation with ISWA. A first stakeholder consultation meeting was held 8-9 July at the UNESCO Headquarters, Paris.

The Editorial Team includes DCW as Editor in Chief; Costas Velis as Advisor and Contributor; Lead authors Ljiljana Rodic, Prasad Modak, and Otto Simonett; and Mona Iyer as Case Study Editor. Mini CVs for each core team member are on the IETC website.

Wide consultation with a broad group of stakeholders including decision makers, the world’s leading institutions and experts in waste management will be central to the development of the GWMO. The first consultations in the format of e-regional consultations on the first draft annotated chapter outlines were launched today, 20 December 2013, and close on 27 January 2014.

The final document is aimed to be concluded within the first quarter of 2015 and is proposed to be a valuable tool for decision makers, decision formers and professionals, offering a validated comparative analysis on the state of waste management around the globe, based on standardised policy indicators and benchmarks.

UNEP IETC and ISWA are seeking further contributors to the project particularly sponsors to help support future in person consultations. If you are interested in contributing to the GWMO then please contact the GWMO Project Manager at Ainhoa.Carpintero@unep.org, ccUtako.aoike@unep.org