International Day of Zero Waste aims to promote sustainable consumption and production patterns, support the societal shift towards circularity, and raise awareness about how zero-waste initiatives contribute to the advancement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
On 14 December 2022, the UN General Assembly (UNGA) adopted a resolution proclaiming 30 March as International Day of Zero Waste, to be observed annually starting in 2023. To commemorate the Day, Member States, organizations of the UN system, civil society, the private sector, academia, youth, and other stakeholders are invited to engage in activities aimed at raising awareness of national, subnational, regional, and local zero-waste initiatives and their contribution to achieving sustainable development. The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) jointly facilitate the observance of International Day of Zero Waste.
The UNGA President will convene a one-day high-level meeting on Zero Waste on 30 March 2023 to commemorate International Day of Zero Waste 2023.
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date: 30 March 2023