The International Alliance of Waste Pickers is a union of waste picker organizations representing more than 460,000 workers across 34 countries
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The video of the webinar is available in YouTube.

On Thursday April 30th, 2020, at 15:00h CEST the webinar Waste Workers’ safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, organized by UN-Habitat (Waste Wise Cities Campaign) and the Wuppertal Institute, will take place with the participation of FACCyR (Argentina) and Amelior (France), waste picker organizations from the Global Alliance of Waste Pickers.

The current COVID-19 pandemic is rapidly spreading, thus intensifying its impact upon the world’s healthcare systems and economy. During this time, ensuring reliable and safe municipal solid waste management (MSWM) services provision is a must for all local governments to protect public health and contain the spread of the virus. Cities in low to middle-income countries, where waste management service provision is immature and with a high percentage of informality in the waste and recycling economy, are particularly at high risk. Therefore, UN-Habitat (Waste Wise Cities Campaign) and the Wuppertal Institute are organizing this series of webinars, under the Urban Pathways Project, to support local governments and work together in combatting COVID-19.

The schedule for the 1:30h webinar is the following:

  • Lessons learned so far and highlights for today’s topic. Lisa Graaf (Wuppertal Institute)
  • How to protect waste workers and their families. Carlos Carrion-Crespo (ILO)
  • How waste workers can protect themselves and need to be protected. Carolina Palacio (FACCyR – waste picker organization Argentina).
    With the participation of Samuel Le Coeur (Director of Amelior Association, organization of waste pickers in Montreuil, France); Taylor Cass Talbot (Portland, USA) and Federico Parra (Bogota, Colombia) from WIEGO.
  • Experiences from municipalities.Soumya Chaturvedula (ICLEI South Asia)
  • Experiences from municipalities. Fernando Andres Granizo Murgueytio (Quito, Ecuador)

More information about the webinar and free registration available.