The ISWA World Congress is a global meeting which includes high level plenaries, innovative solutions, technical site visits & business to business programmes where waste management professionals, government officials, industry leaders, policy makers, scientists and young professionals meet to exchange views & opinions to advance scientific and technical knowledge for sustainable solid waste management. Since its beginning, the ISWA World Congress has been considered as the industry’s leading solid waste management event.

ISWA and be’ah welcome you for the first World Congress in the Middle East.



Global action towards a net-zero future

We are currently facing unprecedented challenges on our planet. Climate change, biodiversity loss, and pollution are creating a poly-crisis that requires poly and cross-cutting solutions.

The theme for this congress is scoped to highlight the key role the waste and resources management sector, as well as the transition to a circular economy could contribute towards a net-zero future. A net-zero future where we can achieve climate neutrality, zero pollution and stop biodiversity loss. Effectively tackling ecological collapse and climate breakdown.

The call from the international community to move from “moment to momentum” has been widely discussed. It is the time now to think about action and seize the opportunities for developing business cases to support the transition.

The waste and resources management sector is a key contributor to tackle the triple planetary crisis, and the ISWA 2023 World Congress will present and discuss what the sector can do in practical terms.

How to capitalize on the economic opportunity of this ecological transition from the waste and resource sector?

This congress will be an opportunity to dialogue, share experiences and knowledge, develop and rethink business opportunities with peers from all over the world and seize adequate solutions to be brought into action.

We at ISWA aim to provide a forum for academics, practitioners, policymakers, young professionals, and sustainability leaders to nurture this very relevant sector with fresh ideas and partnerships.


The sessions of the Congress will include but not be limited to the following topics:

Theme 1: Protecting human health and the quality of the environment

Theme 2: Mitigating Climate Change

Theme 3: Driving resource efficiency and the circular economy

Theme 4: New technologies adoption and sector transformation towards a circular economy

Theme 5: Promoting good governance & inclusion

Theme 6: Occupational health and safety in the waste sector

Guidelines for submission of abstracts

  • All abstracts should directly link to at least one conference theme. The abstract should be informative and stand alone in its content and meaning. It should include a brief introduction, methods used, key results, brief discussion, and a conclusion. The abstract will be reviewed based on technical merit, scientific contribution, and relevance under the chosen theme.
  • There is a limit of two abstract submissions for a single author. Abstracts may be submitted for either oral presentation or poster presentation. Oral presentations should not exceed 20 minutes of speaking time.
  • Authors should make every effort to craft a well-written abstract and ensure that the abstract is easy to read and understand. We suggest that authors keep sentences simple, use the active voice, and spell out any abbreviations or acronyms.
  • Submissions must be in English and may only be made once, Submitters are advised to seek assistance to proofread the abstract if English is not their first language.


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