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Waste Management and Circular Economy

Updated on 24.01.2023

This course introduces the challenges of waste and the concept of circular economy. Its information is based on the latest reports on waste management and the circular economy as well as relevant country case studies.


United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)

Type: e-Learning

Relevance for Circular Systemic Solutions

The course provides case studies for applying circular principles to waste management, focusing on local government officials (e.g. municipal, city or district level) and local technical officers engaged in designing and implementing waste management programmes.

The methodological part builds on UNITAR’s Guidance Series for designing and implementing national chemicals and waste management systems. The course also draws heavily on the Basel Convention Guidance Manuals for Governments, which provide countries with a suggested methodology for undertaking the design and implementation of a national waste management system.

After taking this course, participants will be able to:

  • understand the importance of sound waste management in relation to the Sustainable Development Goals and the reduction of poverty;
  • identify tools that can be used in effective planning for waste management;
  • discuss how to promote effective governance of waste among key stakeholders;
  • identify policy instruments to be used in waste management and waste reduction;
  • discuss how circular economy approaches can be supported through waste management;
  • understand the importance of biowaste management and its contribution to economic growth.

More information

This course is available on an ongoing basis, with participants able to enrol anytime.