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Waste from homes, markets, businesses and institutions is thrown on the streets, in drains, dumped next to communities or openly burned. Not only does this make our cities unsightly and unattractive to tourists and investors, but it leads to flooding, air and water pollution, diseases as well respiratory and other health problems.

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Key Principles

UN-Habitat invites cities to join the Waste Wise Cities Campaign. To join, cities are requested to confirm their commitment to follow the Key Principles, which assist them on their way to becoming a Waste Wise City.

How can UN-Habitat assist you?

UN-Habitat will assist cities that join the Waste Wise Cities Campaign through:

Points on how UN-Habitat can help you through the Waste-Wise Cities campaign

Related Sustainable Development Goals

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Leaving no one and no place behind

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Hover over or touch the icons to learn about UN-Habitat's work on social inclusion here.

The integration of informal waste worker into the formal waste management chain is one of the priorities of the campaign.

Equitable access to waste collection services is addressed in the campaign.

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