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The Sustainable Development Goals Policy Briefs highlight a hotspot of environmental change. The evidence provided builds on scientific data and information hosted on the online platform Environment Live and is complemented by stories from around the world. Readers are invited to explore the numerous clickable links throughout the Brief.
Waste is generated at a massive and growing rate but is not always managed appropriately, leading to greenhouse gas emissions, pollution, and health hazards. With ongoing population growth and rapid urbanization, the optimization of waste systems is critical. Fortunately, this presents a tremendous opportunity to recover valuable resources and create employment, while mitigating these negative impacts.
|12.2.2||Domestic material consumption|
|12.3.1||Global food loss and waste index|
|12.4.1||Number of parties to international MEAs|
|12.4.2||Hazardous waste generated|
|12.5.1||National recycling rates|
Municipal Solid Waste Management*.
|14.1.1||Marine litter and coastal eutrophication|
* UN-Habitat is custodian of 11.6.1 but UN Environment collaborates closely on this indicator