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Daegu hosts the International Solid Waste Association World Congress


Daegu City said that the city kicked off the world’s largest convention for the associations concerned with the issues related to solid waste, on Oct. 17.

The Daegu Congress had submitted its letter of intent to attract the convention at the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) World Congress held in 2007 in the Netherlands. Daegu ended up securing the bid after vying against such countries as Canada and Brazil. Daegu then signed the final hosting agreement at the annual (ISWA) board of directors’ meeting held in Singapore in November 2008.

An EU-member country and a non-EU country take turns as the host of the ISWA World Congress. The Korean city of Daegu is the third Asian destination to play host after Japan and Singapore. The congress is meaningful in that it contributes to improving the environmental infrastructure related to waste as well as promoting research and providing support for related causes.

The latest iteration of this convention in Daegu took place under the theme “waste management for building a low-carbon green growth society.” It was sponsored by the Ministry of Environment and organized by the Korea Society of Waste Management.

Experts from 60 countries flocked to Daegu to raise awareness about the issues related to waste management. Up to 400 reports covering eight topics were shared throughout the four-day gathering, making it the largest event of its kind thus far, Daegu City said.