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): firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
- Policy makers and Regulators
- ICT Industry
- Civil Society
Programme – 9.00 to 10.45 hours
Remote participation was provided
Flavio Cucchietti, Chairman, Energy Efficiency Working Group of GeSI
- Laura Reyes, Business Development Manager, Datec Technologies Ltd
- Cristina Bueti, Programme Coordinator on ICTs and Climate Change, ITU
- David Seligson, Sectoral Specialist on Manufacturing, ILO
- Tatiana Terekhova, Programme Officer, UNEP/Secretariat of the Basel Convention