The Global Forum 2014 of the International Partnership for Expanding Waste Management Services of Local Authorities (IPLA) was held on September 8-9 in Sao Paulo, Brazil, as a side event to the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) 2014 World Congress. The forum was organised under the working title "Empowering Municipal and Local Authorities through Improved Knowledge Management: How can Municipalities Choose and Apply Better Technologies for Sustainable Waste Management?" and provided an opportunity for international experts and representatives of municipal authorities from all over the world to meet and exchange experiences and opinions about the need for improved knowledge management at municipal level in order to tackle the growing and complex waste streams and associated issues through appropriate technological choices and interventions.
The principal outcome of the forum was the Sao Paulo Declaration of Municipal and Local Authorities for Scaling up National and International Public-Private Partnership in the Waste Sector for Achieving Sustainable and Resilient Cities. According to this declaration, city mayors and representatives of municipal and local authorities will:
- further appeal to the private sector (both national and multi-national companies), international organisations, development banks, scientific and research institutions, SMEs, NGOs, community-based organisations (CBOs), the informal sector, citizens, and other stakeholders to collaborate with cities and municipalities in developing and implementing sustainable waste management projects; and
- call for international cooperation (city to city, country to country) in building domestic technological and organisational expertise to make developing cities and municipalities self-reliant in dealing with the growing amount of municipal solid waste being generated, including new emerging waste streams such as electronic waste (e-waste), healthcare waste, plastic waste, construction and demolition waste, and household hazardous waste.
The International Partnership for Expanding Waste Management Services of Local Authorities was launched in New York in May 2011 during the meeting of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD-19) with a mission to address various challenges and capacity needs of local authorities in achieving sustainable waste management.
The partnership draws support from a decentralised structure and network including a global, regional and sub-regional secretariat. The REC hosts IPLA's sub-regional secretariat for Central and Eastern Europe and selected Black Sea countries.