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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

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Leaving no one and no place behind

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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.

Youth, children and older persons, especially those in situations of particular risk of marginalization, such as girl child and female-headed households, are often excluded from access to housing, urban basic services, public spaces and infrastructure, and the overall benefits of urbanization. Young women and men have been a key focus of UN-Habitat’s work. The agency has successfully advocated for the role of youth as leaders in sustainable urban development, recognizing the guiding principle of the SDGs of “leaving no one behind,” and the New Urban Agenda vision of cities for all. 

Sustainable urban development can only be achieved if persons with disabilities are included meaningfully in decision-making and are able to access their rights. UN-Habitat partners with representative groups and individual rights holders, as well as national and local governments, relevant UN bodies and civil society to maximize impact and to meaningfully ensure that the rights including accessibility and universal design of persons with disabilities are promoted, respected and protected. 

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