Curated Session: Climate Change

UN Environment Waste Management Outlooks: Opportunities and Solutions from the UNEP Regions (1 CEU)

Monday, September 25, 2017
14:00 – 15:00
Room 322

Moderator: Hermann Koller, Managing Director, ISWA, Austria

The Global Waste Management Outlook received a very favourable response from various waste management actors globally. In line with the resolution of the 2rd Session of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-2), the UN Environment International Environmental Technology Centre (IETC) is now producing a collection of regional and theme specific Waste Management Outlooks.

This session will address the following questions:

  • What challenges to waste management remain unaddressed?
  • How will climate change impact waste management?
  • How can the climate funds be engaged in supporting sustainable waste management?
  • What are the region-specific challenges to waste management in small island developing states?
  • What alternatives to open dumping and burning practices could be feasible in this region?
  • How can UN Environment-IETC contribute to leverage best practices?


Linda Godfrey, Principal Scientist, Waste for Development, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, South Africa

Linda Godfrey

Prof. Godfrey is a Principal Scientist and Associate Professor at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research in South Africa. She holds a PhD in Engineering from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. She heads up the Waste Research Development and Innovation (RDI) Roadmap Implementation Unit on behalf of the Ministry of Science and Technology. The Unit is tasked with implementing South Africa’s 10-year Waste RDI Roadmap. Her responsibilities include facilitating a move away from landfill towards alternative waste treatment technologies that provide maximum social, environmental and economic benefit for the country, through the investment in research, development and innovation; strengthening South Africa’s waste RDI base; strengthening post-graduate skills within the waste sector; identifying strategic opportunities for innovation within the South African waste sector; and strengthening partnerships with key local and international stakeholders. She has published extensively in the waste field and provides review to both local and international peer reviewed scientific publications. She has provided strategic input to a number of waste and green economy initiatives for the United Nations, European Union, Departments of Science and Technology and Environmental Affairs, Development Bank of South Africa, Academy of Sciences of South Africa, and Institute of Waste Management, as well as several universities.

Atilio Savino, Vice-President, ARS-Association for Solid Waste Studies, Latin America and Caribbean (Argentina)

Atilio Savino

Dr. Atilio Savino is vice-president of ARS-Association for Solid Waste Studies, National Member of ISWA in Argentina, and an Honorary Member of ISWA-International Solid Waste Association. Previously he has been president of ISWA, secretary of Sanitary Health Determinants-Ministry of Health of Argentina, and secretary of Environment and Sustainable Development of Argentina-National Ministry of Health and Environment.

Dr. Agamuthu Pariatamby, FASc, Research Associate, Institute of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science, University of Malaya, Malasia (Editor-in-Chief of WM&R)

Agamuthu Pariatamby

Prof. Agamuthu is a senior professor at the University of Malaya (UM) and is the president of the Malaysian Society of Waste Management and Environment. He is also the vice-president and international Advisory Board Member of the Society of Solid Waste Management Experts in Asia and Pacific islands (SWAPI) and a member of the International Solid Waste Management Association (ISWA). He is the Head of the Center for Waste Management Research, UM. He started his career as lecturer at the faculty of science since 1989 and was promoted to professor in 2001. Since 1996, he has supervised more than 100 Bachelor’s and Master’s degree students, as well as four doctorate research students. He is supervising 20 Master’s degree research projects and seven doctoral degree research projects. Prof. Agamuthu also is associate editor of Waste Management & Research Journal, editor-in-chief of the Malaysian Journal of Science and was a Senate Member of UM (2005–2007). He also is an Editorial Board Member of the Journal of Material Cycles and Waste Management (Japan), Journal of Safety and Environment (China), reviewer for the Journal of Hazardous Wastes (USA), Journal of Environmental Management (USA) and International Journal of Environment and Waste Management. He is also the Registered Subject Expert (solid waste management, under Section 34A, Environmental Quality Act, Malaysia). Prof. Agamuthu has authored more than 350 scientific publications and several books on solid waste. He is a Senior Advisory Group Expert to the Executive Secretary of Basel Convention, Geneva, and United Nations Environment Programme.

Jeff Seadon, Senior Research Fellow, Aukland University of Technology, New Zealand

Jeff Seadon

Jeff Seadon has over 20 years’ experience in waste minimization working with companies, from microbusinesses to multi-nationals; local government; central government; and internationally. While at the Ministry for the Environment, he led the Waste Minimisation Act through Parliament. As a result of his broad-based experience, Mr. Seadon was asked to write the Guidelines for Framework Legislation for Integrated Waste Management for UN Environment. In addition Mr. Seadon was a lead author for the recently completed Asian Waste Management Outlook and is the chief editor for the Small Island Developing States Waste Management Outlook. In addition, Mr. Seadon has also provided waste management policy advice to several Asian governments. In New Zealand, Mr. Seadon has served as a board member of the Waste Management Institute of New Zealand, the Auckland Council Waste Management Planning Group and has recently received a panel appointment from the Minister for the Environment.

Larisa Semernya, Consultant, United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) and the Secretariat of the Carpathian Convention, Austria

Larisa Semernya

Larisa Semernya is working as a consultant for the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) and the Secretariat of the Carpathian Convention in Vienna, Austria. Since 2014, Ms. Semernya has been supporting UN Environment’s activities towards sustainable development and protection of mountain regions worldwide, in particular in Central Asia, South Caucasus, the Andes and East Africa. Her work focuses on waste management, climate change and biodiversity. Ms. Semernya has lead the development of the “Waste Management Outlook for Mountain Regions—Sources and Solutions”. She graduated in Biology from the University of Würzburg in Germany.