The city of Boras in western Sweden is hosting the IPLA Global Forum 2013 from September 9 to 11. The event was organised under the working title 'Sustainable Waste Management for 21st-Century Cities: Building Sustainable and Resilient Cities through Partnership'. The International Partnership for Expanding Waste Management Services of Local Authorities (IPLA) 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.
IPLA draws support from a decentralised structure and network including a global, regional and sub-regional secretariat. The Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe (REC) hosts IPLA's sub-regional secretariat for Central and Eastern Europe and selected Black Sea countries.
The IPLA Global Forum 2013 is focused on strengthening cooperation between local authorities, business and academia, which is crucial for building sustainable and resilient cities. The main issues for discussion are related to establishing joint networks, developing models for knowledge and technology transfer, and obtaining the financial means necessary to implement these models.
Welcoming event participants with opening remarks were Ulf Olsson, mayor of the City of Boras; Maria Khorsand, CEO of the SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden; Gunnar Peters, CEO of Boras Energy and Environment; Bjorn Brorstrom, rector of the University of Boras; and CRC Mohanty, Environment Programme coordinator within the United Nations Centre for Regional Development (UNCRD). The first day's keynote speaker was Annika Markovic, environment ambassador from the Ministry for the Environment of Sweden.
The first day of the forum comprised two working sessions followed by thematic panel discussions on the following two themes:
- Resource Efficiency and Zero Waste towards Building Sustainable and Resilient Cities through Partnership
- Waste Management Technology: Assessment, Selection, Access, Transfer and Adaptation.
With almost 200 participants coming from all around the world, the IPLA Global Forum 2013 is an unbeatable opportunity for networking in fields related to local-level waste management. Two representatives from the REC, Deputy Executive Director Radoje Lausevic and Danko Aleksic, an expert on sustainable consumption and production, contributed to the preparation of the forum and its working sessions.