Global Environment Centre Foundation(GEC)

Support for Hosting International Conferences

Support for the Activities by the United Nations Environment Programme International Environmental Technology Centre (IETC) to Promote Environmentally-Sound Technologies

The Global Environmental Centre Foundation (GEC) conducted activities under the FY2019 Project for Collaboration with the UNEP-IETC, commissioned by the City of Osaka. We also implemented projects commissioned by UNEP-IETC, including those related to the Programme for Holistic Waste Management at the National/Municipal Level and the Mercury Waste Management programme.


Support for Project for Collaboration with IETC (Commissioned by the City of Osaka)

(1) Support for Organisation of Technology Solutions for Holistic Waste Management: A Global Dialogue with the Private Sector

On 20-23 May 2019, UNEP-IETC organised the “Technology Solutions for Holistic Waste Management: A Global Dialogue with the Private Sector” with the City of Osaka and GEC. With the objective of facilitating the “transfer of environmentally sound technologies suited to solving waste management issues in developing countries,” one of IETC’s mandates, three sessions were held with the themes of: strategy for private companies to create business value with technology; the role of international organisations in technology transfer; and public-private partnerships and partnerships with developing countries, including international organisations. GEF provided support for the management of those sessions.

Official name: Technology Solutions for Holistic Waste Management: A Global Dialogue with the Private Sector
Date: 20-23 May 2019
Organiser: United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
Co-organisers: City of Osaka, GEC
Sponsors: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Environment
Support: Osaka Convention & Tourism Bureau; Osaka Water & Environment Solutions
Languages: English, Japanese

  • 11th Meeting of the International Advisory Board of IETC (20 May at Tsuruminomori Geihinkan, Osaka)
  • Technology Solutions for Holistic Waste Management: A Global Dialogue with the Private Sector (21-23 May at Tsuruminomori Geihinkan, Hilton Osaka, etc.)
  • UNEP Symposium on Plastic Waste Problems: Reducing Ocean Plastic Waste (22 May at Hilton Osaka)

Over 250 participants from the UN and other international organisations, central and local governments, private companies and civil society who gathered at this open symposium shared information and actively discussed the current issues, challenges and actions regarding plastic waste in Japan and overseas, as well as measures for preventing marine plastic pollution. The Symposium was a resounding success, sending a message on behalf of UNEP to the G20 summit in Osaka slated for June.

(2) Learning Circularity from Penang, Malaysia – Knowledge-share from Penang’s Experiences and Side Event to Seventh Asia Pacific Urban Forum (APUF7) (Penang, Malaysia)

GEC organised a training session on a wide range of good practices in waste management implemented in Penang and hosted a Training Session to Learn about the Circular Economy as a side event to APUF7, a forum jointly organised by UNESCAP UN Habitat and the Penang State Government. GEC was involved in the planning and management of the training sessions.

A total of 61 trainees participated in the three-day training sessions held in Penang, including nine municipal officers in charge of waste management from Vietnam, Thailand and Indonesia. The project helped reinforce the presence of UNEP, the City of Osaka and GEC and further enhance collaboration with partner municipalities.

Training session name: Learning Circularity from Penang, Malaysia – Knowledge-share from Penang’s Experiences
Meeting name: APUF7 Side Event – Training Session to Learn about the Circular Economy
Date: 14-16 October 2019
Organisers: UNEP, City of Osaka, GEC, Penang State Government, Penang Green Council
Venue: Cititel Penang (14 October), Setia SPICE Convention Centre (15 October), etc.
Language: English

(3) Survey on Environmental Needs in Developing Countries

Continuing from the previous year, we conducted surveys on environmental needs in Mumbai, India (Maharashtra Province). Our activities included participating in local events and meetings to identify emerging needs for environmental support and building partnerships with local government agencies and private businesses.

First survey in India: 22-24 July
We conducted interviews on possible city-to-city cooperation projects between the local government and the City of Osaka. Supported by strong interest from both the municipal government of Mumbai and the provincial government of Maharashtra, we reached an agreement on cooperation for developing concrete projects going forward.

Second survey in India: 18-25 November
Along with representatives from the Environment and Port Departments, City of Osaka, and Osaka Port Corporation, we participated in the annual India Supply Chain Conference to present relevant initiatives and technologies of each party, thus helping to extend our local network. We also succeeded in obtaining a basic agreement on signing a memorandum of understanding between Environment Bureau, Osaka City and Pollution Control Board, Maharashtra Government on an environmental partnership project.

(4) Organisation and Management of SDG Stakeholders Meeting

In a bid to promote the initiatives undertaken by various stakeholders working on the SDGs through interaction, collaboration and national/international communication, we organised two Stakeholders Meetings with the participation of UNEP-IETC, Japanese national and local governments, NGOs and cooperating organisations.

Participants in the meeting exchanged views on the synergies of stakeholder collaboration and the possibility of extension overseas, building on cases of plastic waste upcycling by citizens and businesses selected from among applicants, as well as Plastic Smart initiatives.

First Stakeholders Meeting
Date: Wednesday, 30 October
Venue: Training Room, 2F UNEP-IETC Office
Attendees: UNEP-IETC, JICA Kansai, Naniwa Eco-Conference, Ecofriend Co. Ltd., Daiei Kankyo Co. Ltd., Osaka Prefecture, City of Osaka, GEC

Second Stakeholders Meeting
Date: Monday, 2 March
Venue: Training Room, 2F UNEP-IETC Office
Attendees: UNEP-IETC, Ministry of Environment, JICA Kansai, Secretariat of Kansai SDGs Platform, Naniwa Eco-Conference, Ecofriend Co. Ltd., Daiei Kankyo Co. Ltd., FP Corporation, Kaneka Corporation, Osaka Prefecture, City of Osaka, GEC

(5) PR/Outreach Activities for IETC

We participated in environmental events to present IETC’s projects and provide relevant information. We also engaged in the following activities to support public relations and promote project outreach.

Participation in environmental events overseas

  • Seventh Asia Pacific Urban Forum (14-16 November in Penang, Malaysia)

Participation in community-based environmental activities in Osaka

  • High School Live & Clean Project in Tsurumi Ryokuchi (12 May at Osaka Hanahaku Memorial Park)
  • SDGs Train: Clean-up Activity for the Future We Want (24 August at Yodogawa Kasen Park)
    10th Garage Sale in Higashiyodogawa Ward (27 October at Tohoku Environment Centre)
  • Eco Ennichi (3 October at Osaka Hanahaku Memorial Park)
  • 14th Waste Reduction Festival in Tsurumi (10 November at Osaka Hanahaku Memorial Park)
  • Garage Sale in Hirano for Intergenerational Exchange (14 November at Hirano Ward Citizen Centre)

Other activities

  • Biwako Environmental Business Exhibition (16-18 October at Nagahama Institute of Bio-Science and Technology Dome)
  • One World Festival (1-2 February at Osaka Kita Ward Citizen Centre)
  • Japanese translation of the IETC website
  • Creation of the IETC Annual Report in Japanese


Support for UNEP-IETC (UNEP-commissioned Project)

We supported the management of meetings for the following two UNEP programmes on which IETC focused.

(1) Programme for Holistic Waste Management at the National/Municipal Level (implemented in connection with the programme commissioned by the City of Osaka mentioned above)

  • 11th Meeting of the International Advisory Board of IETC (20 May at Tsuruminomori Geihinkan, Osaka)
  • Technology Solutions for Holistic Waste Management: A Global Dialogue with the Private Sector (21-23 May at Tsuruminomori Geihinkan, Hilton Osaka, etc.)
  • UNEP Symposium on Plastic Waste Problems: Reducing Ocean Plastic Waste (22 May at Hilton Osaka)

(2) Mercury Waste Management Programme

  • Meeting of the Group of Technical Experts on Waste Thresholds to be Established Pursuant to Paragraph 2 of Article 11 Minamata Convention on Mercury (27-29 May at Tsuruminomori Geihinkan, Osaka) with 60 participants
  • Workshop on Synergies in Mercury Waste Management (30-31 May at the same venue) with 44 participants