Ms. Maimunah Mohd Sharif, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director, has assured cities all over the world of her organisation’s readiness to aid waste management practices.
This was contained in her speech to mark 2018 World Habitat Day. The annual event is usually observed first Monday in October.
World Habitat Day provides the nations a unique opportunity to focus international attention on key issues surrounding sustainable urbanization, human settlements and improving urban living conditions.
Sharif, observing the first World Habitat Day as UN-Habitat’s Executive Director, encouraged governments, private concerns and individuals to be actively involved in the management of waste.
According to UN-Habitat Executive Director, World Habitat Day 2018 theme, “Municipal Solid Waste Management” was particularly critical, adding that the total waste in the world is enormous!
She noted that while some of the waste was recycled, a lot was simply discarded, causing health problems for people, their animals and polluting our environment; adding that the amount of waste produced by individuals, communities, businesses, institutions, markets and factories continues to grow tremendously.
She said that tackling our waste management challenges required imagination and innovation.
“During my time as Mayor of the State of Penang, Malaysia, I introduced an idea of rethinking waste management, to complement the 3Rs of reducing, reusing and recycling. Instead of allowing waste to be simply waste, a different approach to the concept of waste was introduced.
“We can all make small adjustments to our consumption styles, by using alternatives to disposable plastic items, such as bottles, cups, plates and cutlery, making a conscious effort to recycle correctly and fixing broken items instead of simply throwing them away.
According to her, UN-Habitat was scaling up its role in supporting cities to improve their waste management practices, to lead in designing cost effective and efficient systems to ensure we collect and dispose of waste properly.
“I believe that effective waste management starts with us an individual. Through collective action, we can achieve a world that is cleaner, greener, safer, healthier and happier, for us to live, work and play. I look forward to your active engagement in Kenya and around the world on this day in our efforts to promote cleaner, greener, safer and healthier cities.”
Source: Daily Independence