INTERNATIONAL ALLIANCE OF WASTE PICKERS

The International Alliance of Waste Pickers is a networking process supported by WIEGO, among thousands of waste picker organizations with groups in more than 28 countries covering mainly Latin America, Asia and Africa.
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Constitution Launching Congress

Virtual, October 29th, 2022


Abstract

On October 29th, 2022 we held a Virtual Congress to Launch Our Constitution, which allows us to formalize ourselves as an international organization of waste pickers.


Monday Oct. 17th
Congress internal constitution adoption by prospective affiliates
Saturday, Oct. 29th
Constitution Launching congress

Congress launch times. Oct. 29, 2022

New YorkBuenos Aires – ChileSouth AfricaNew DelhiBangladesh
8:00-11:00h9:00-12:00h14:00-17:00h17:30-20:30h18:00-21:00h

We have been fighting for many years for the recognition of our work, our profession and our rights. Now, with the strength of hundreds of waste pickers’ organizations in 26 countries around the globe, we are launching our Constitution. It will give us the foundation to build a solid bottom-up waste picker global organization, after a long period of international networking without a formal registration.

In 2005, we started RedLacre, the Latin American Network of Recyclers. Four years later, we formed the Global Alliance of Waste Pickers (GlobalRec). Finally, in the last two years, through a constitutive process, we have developed a joint vision that allows us to achieve a worldwide unity of waste pickers.

On October 29th, 2022 we held a Virtual Congress to Launch Our Constitution, which allows us to formalize ourselves as an international organization of waste pickers. We are pleased to invite you to a very important event for all waste pickers around the world!

Watch the congress again

The congress is available to watch in the following languages:

English Español Português Français বাংলা ভাষা Bengali हिन्दी Hindi Bahasa Indonesian मराठी Marathi Wolof नेपाली Nepalese

Slides with all the presentations are available (download slides in full resolution).

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Where we are #

Highlights / Key information #

Our Constitution

Download the constitution in different languages:

English Español Português Français বাংলা ভাষা Bengali हिन्दी Hindi Bahasa Indonesian नेपाली Nepalese

international_alliance_waste_pickers_constitution-2022-english

Important reports and manifestos

Solidarity messages

Vídeos from different colleagues and allies. Watch the full list!

Speakers #

 

Agenda #

Time as of Buenos Aires. See time zone converter.

timeEventSpeakers
9:00Official starting time-Interpretation and technical points-
9:10Welcome and presentation of the AgendaChair: Lucía Fernández (WIEGO / Globalrec, Uruguay)
1st part: Acknowledging our historyChair: Johnson Doe (Kpone LWPA, Ghana)
9:17Welcome remarks and introductionsSeverino Lima Jr. and Aline Souza (MNCR, Brazil)
9:30Our history of organizing internationallySushila Sable (AIW, India) and Harouna Niasse (Bokk Diom, Senegal)
9:45Expressing solidarity: first part messages from allies (videos)
2nd part: Looking at the futureChair: Yenny del Carmen (MNRP, Panama)
10:00Process towards the ConstitutionJosefa Marín (Sure We Can, USA)
Pat Horn (WIEGO, South Africa)
10:05Preamble of the Constitution (video)
10:15Introducing the adopted ConstitutionKabir Arora (Globalrec / AIW, India) and Carolina Palacio (Globalrec / FACCyR, Argentina)
10:37Moving forward: affiliates, elections and interim governanceSally Roever (WIEGO, USA) and Sergio Sanchez (FACCyR, Argentina)
10:47Expressing solidarity: second part messages from allies (videos)
3rd part: Shaping our presentChair: Samuel Le Coeur (Amelior, France)
11:05Our common agenda: fights and demands
11:10Our environmental agenda: UN Plastic Treaty, Extended Producer Responsibility and Climate ChangeSoledad Mella (ANARCH, Chile), Taylor Cass Talbott (WIEGO / Globalrec, USA),
Kulsumm Begum (Bangladesh Waste-pickers Union), Amira Halabi (WIEGO / Globalrec, Sierra Leona)
11:27The right to work: dumpsite closing alternatives and ILO agendaNohra Padilla (ANR, Colombia), Eva Mokoena (SAWPA, South Africa)
4th part: ClosingChair: Shanti Tamang (Samyukta Safai Jagaran, Nepal)
11:39Concluding remarksMirai Chatterjee (SEWA, India)
11:47Vote of thanks and acknowledgementsShanti Tamang, Lucía Fernández

Prospective affiliates #

List of Prospective affiliates and observers from the adoption session on October 17th 2022 session.

#RegionCountryRepresentativeName of the organizationStatus
1AfricaGhanaDivine DekonorKponeProspective Affiliate
2AfricaSenegalHarouna NiasseBokk DiomProspective Affiliate
3AfricaBurkina FasoSouleymane SampebgoATTAC/CADTM BurkinaProspective Affiliate
4AfricaDemocratic Republic of CongoAnne MatondoLigue pour les Droits de la Femme Congolaise ( LDFC)Prospective Affiliate
5AfricaKenyaJohn ChweeyaKeNaWPWAProspective Affiliate
6AfricaMaliIbrahima Sidibél'Association Maliennes des Trieuses de déchets sur les dépôts AMTDDOProspective Affiliate
7AfricaNigeriaFriday OkuNASWONProspective Affiliate
8AfricaSouth AfricaLefa MonongaSAWPAProspective Affiliate
8AfricaSouth AfricaLuyanda HlatshwayoAROProspective Affiliate
9AfricaBeninFifame Farolle HoungboFINANMINProspective Affiliate
10AfricaNigerZeinabou Habou BarmaFENASEINProspective Affiliate
11AfricaGuinéeAbsentEGIG BTPProspective Affiliate
12AfricaTogoAbsentSYNAPROMEProspective Affiliate
13AsiaIndiaSushila SableAlliance of Indian Waste-pickersProspective Affiliate
14AsiaBangladeshMaksudBangladesh Waste-pickers UnionProspective Affiliate
15AsiaIndonesiaPris PollyIPIObserver
16AsiaNepalShanti TamangSamyukta Safai JagaranProspective Affiliate
17EuropeItalyPietro LuppiReteOnuObserver
18EuropeFranceSamuel Le CoeurAmeliorProspective Affiliate
19LatinamericaBrasilAlex CardosoMNCRProspective Affiliate
20LatinamericaColombiaNohra PadillaANRProspective Affiliate
21LatinamericaArgentinaLeonor LarraburuFACCyRProspective Affiliate
22LatinamericaChileSoledad MellaANARCHProspective Affiliate
23LatinamericaPanamaYenny del CarmenMNRPProspective Affiliate
24LatinamericaBoliviaAbsentRed de Recolectores de BoliviaProspective Affiliate
25LatinamericaDominican RepublicRobinsonMovimiento Nacional de Recicladores de República DominicanaProspective Affiliate
26LatinamericaEcuadorElvia PisuñaRENARECProspective Affiliate
27LatinamericaMexicoAbel BalderasUnión de Trabajadores de Desechos Sólidos Industrializables Lázaro Cárdenas del RíoProspective Affiliate
28LatinamericaUruguayAbsentUCRUSProspective Affiliate
29LatinamericaHondurasAbsentMovimiento Nacional de Recicladores en HondurasProspective Affiliate
30LatinamericaNicaraguaAbsentMesa Nacional de Recicladores de Base de NicaraguaProspective Affiliate
31LatinamericaParaguayAbsentAsociación El ProgresoProspective Affiliate
32LatinamericaEl SalvadorAbsent-Prospective Affiliate
33North AmericaUSARyan Castallya (on behalf of Josefa Marin)Sure We CanProspective Affiliate
33North AmericaUSABarbie WeberGroundScoreProspective Affiliate
34North AmericaCanadaAbsentBinners ProjectProspective Affiliate

Global Alliance of waste pickers milestones 2008-2022

Materials to share #


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Downloads

Download the constitution in different languages: English Español Português Français বাংলা ভাষা Bengali हिन्दी Hindi Bahasa Indonesian नेपाली Nepalese
Slides with all the presentations are available (download slides in full resolution).