Geo Pomona project charms UN

The SDGs are the blueprint to achieving a better and more sustainable future for all.

The Geo Pomona Waste Management project is a shining model of achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a top United Nations (UN) representative has said, in a major vote of confidence in the multi-million-dollar waste management venture.

The SDGs are the blueprint to achieving a better and more sustainable future for all.

Several UN agencies toured the previously inhabitable Pomona dumpsite to have an appreciation of the work being done there on Friday.

Speaking on behalf of all the UN agencies, Unicef’s representative Nicholas Alipui commended the project's significant contribution to achieving multiple SDGs.

“We were not on track to meet 15 of the 17 SDGs last year,” he highlighted, referring to a recent global stocktaking summit. “This project, however, exemplifies the kind of progress needed to positively impact public health, economic activity, livelihoods and job creation — all crucial aspects of the SDGs.”

Alipui pointed out that the Geo Pomona project will likely contribute to the attainment of at least six or seven SDGs. He was particularly impressed by the swiftness of the transformation.

“The before-and-after view was remarkable. We saw how a mountain of waste accumulated over years was transformed into a functional site,” he said.

The delegation’s visit also included a tour of the project’s Fifa-certified soccer pitch, showcasing the positive environmental and social impact.

The UN representatives expressed hope that the Geo Pomona model can be replicated throughout Zimbabwe and beyond.

Commenting on the visit, Geo Pomona chairperson and chief executive Dilesh Nguwaya said they were honoured to have hosted a delegation from the United Nations.

“Their visit is a strong validation of our commitment to not only have effective waste management but also to contribute to a healthier and more sustainable future for our communities,” he said.

Nguwaya said the project “goes beyond simply managing waste”.

“We are creating a model that promotes environmental responsibility, economic empowerment through job creation, and social well-being through improved public health and community spaces,” he said.

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