The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and UN-Habitat (United Nations Human Settlements Programme) are jointly implementing the project “Localizing the 2030 Agenda through Sustainable Urban Resource Management (SURM)” in five pilot cities in the Asia-Pacific region. UN ESCAP and UN-Habitat invited secondary cities and towns in Asia and the Pacific to join the project as a Pilot City through a regional Call for Expression of Interest. With a strong desire on developing a robust yet sustainable solid waste management system that also enhances livelihood opportunities in Nasinu, the application of Nasinu Town Council, with support from the Commonwealth Local Government Forum (CLGF), was successfully selected out of 84 applications received from cities across Asia and the Pacific. Among Nasinu Town in Fiji, the pilot cities are Nadee (Samut Sakhon) in Thailand, Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia, Battambang in Cambodia, and Naga City in the Philippines. The objective of this project is to strengthen the capacities of local governments and other key urban stakeholders to implement the 2030 Agenda in the area of urban resource management by minimizing the negative and maximizing the positive environmental, social, and economic impacts of urban consumption and production systems.
In Nasinu, the project is implemented in partnership with the Commonwealth Local Government Forum (CLGF) Pacific, under the leadership of Nasinu Town Council. The project will engage with local stakeholders through the Nasinu Network for Solid Waste Management. The First Strategic Planning Workshop aims to provide a solid foundation for an effective cross-sectoral partnership that will jointly plan and implement innovative solutions on solid waste management in Nasinu. The workshop will have 30-40 participants and will include representatives from local and national government, civil society and communities, academia and research institutions, the private sector, and development partners. Given the overall goal of developing the solid waste management plan for Nasinu, the project core team and stakeholders will identify priority problems, map data, knowledge, and information gaps, and draft a preliminary stakeholder engagement strategy to elaborate the plan and undertake data collection and analysis in the following months. Between 2019-2021, stakeholders from different constituencies in Nasinu will work together to design and implement innovative solutions that can leverage policy and institutional change for Sustainable Urban Resource Management (SURM).