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Joint ITU-UNEP Basel Convention Session on E-waste: Challenges, Solutions and Benefits - WSIS Forum 2012
Geneva, Switzerland, 16 May 2012  Contact Cristina Bueti (ITU), Matthias Kern and Tatiana Terekhova(UNEP): greenstandard@itu.int
ITU and Climate Change

Introduction

Following ICT expansion, the consumption of electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) is increasing rapidly throughout the globe. This has led to corresponding increases in volumes of e-waste. In developing countries high volumes of e-waste, together with the absence or poor environmentally sound management systems, have manifold impacts on the environment, local communities and the economic system.

A Joint ITU-UNEP Basel Convention Session on “E-waste: Challenges, Solutions and Benefits” took place at ILO Headquarters, Geneva, Switzerland, on 16 May 2012 from 09:00 hours to 10:45 hours.

This Session was organized in context of the WSIS Forum and WSIS Action Line C7, e-environment. This Session was followed by a Session on “Climate Change Monitoring and Disaster Risk Reduction, organized by ITU and WMO that took place from 11:00 to 12:45 hours. In addition, a High Level Debate on “Advancing the Green ICT Agenda” will take place on 15 May from 14:00 to 16:00 hours.

Objectives

The session provided an overview of best standardization practices on e-waste and presented the results of the ITU-UNU-UNEP-StEP-CEDARE Survey on e-waste. The panelists discussed how environmentally sound management of e-waste poses environment and health related challenges, but also provides opportunities to create green jobs as well as economic incentives for recovering value from redundant, excessive or end-of-life ICT. Socio-economic and health aspects of e-waste management as well as the linkages between the environmentally sound recycling of e-waste and precious and rare earth metals were proposed to be featured in this Session.

Target Audience

  • Policy makers and Regulators
  • ICT Industry
  • Civil Society
  • Academia

Programme – 9.00 to 10.45 hours

Moderator:
Flavio Cucchietti, Chairman, Energy Efficiency Working Group of GeSI

Panelists:
  • Laura Reyes, Business Development Manager, Datec Technologies Ltd
    [ PRESENTATION ]
  • Cristina Bueti, Programme Coordinator on ICTs and Climate Change, ITU
    [ PRESENTATION ]
  • David Seligson, Sectoral Specialist on Manufacturing, ILO
    [ PRESENTATION ]
  • Tatiana Terekhova, Programme Officer, UNEP/Secretariat of the Basel Convention
    [ PRESENTATION ]
Remote participation was provided

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