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Partnership with IPLA : Local Authorities in the MENA Region

Partnership with IPLA : Local Authorities in the MENA Region
Monday, March 17, 2014

In 2011, the International Partnership for Expanding Waste Management Services of Local Authorities (IPLA) officially recognized SWEEP-Net as its Sub-Regional Secretariat for the MENA Region.

SWEEP-Net and IPLA have a shared mission of promoting cooperation between Solid Waste Management (SWM) stakeholders, and sharing knowledge and best practices in SWM. In this regard, SWEEP-Net is actively engaged in IPLA’s focus on public-private partnerships between local authorities and the private sector and recruits local authorities / municipalities from the MENA region to join IPLA and get involved in the different network activities. By this means, the handling of the waste problem is supported through the creation of a beneficial investment climate for expanding waste management services of local and municipal authorities.

This cooperation was launched at the IPLA side event during the second SWEEP-Net forum in Marrakech, where IPLA was presented to the participants, challenges of local authorities related to SWM were emphasized, and especially the importance and benefits of joining this partnership were accentuated. These benefits include access to and sharing of knowledge, data, and information on SWM, access to expert advice and training, and increased potential for international collaborations. Thus, according to IPLA, the following municipalities from SWEEP-Net partner countries have already signed the membership for IPLA’s network activities:

The International Partnership for Expanding Waste Management Services of Local Authorities (IPLA), a Rio+20 partnership, was launched during the 19th session of the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) in May 2011 in New York with an aim to address various needs of local authorities and municipalities, particularly in least developed and developing countries, by fostering partnerships among a wide range of stakeholders, including public and private sectors, across the globe. As of today, there are more than 240 registered members of IPLA from 70 countries around the world.

On May 7-8, 2014, the IPLA Europe Forum on Enabling Conditions for Developing Effective Business Models and PPP in Waste Management Sector in Developing Countries took place in Munich at IFAT – the world’s leading trade fair on water, sewage, waste and raw material management.

For more details about IPLA, please visit: http://www.iplaportal.org/  

Subscription to IPLA / SWEEP-Net is open to all interested municipalities in the SWEEP-Net partner countries. To become a member in IPLA / SWEEP-Net, please download the registration forms here and send the filled and signed forms to nora.benameur@giz.de .