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 Tuesday, 26 February 2013

San Salvador, El Salvador will host a “Central American Workshop for Capacity Building on Environmentally Sound Management of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE)”, 19-21 March 2013. The workshop will provide training on the application of global best practices in environmentally responsible e-waste management, covering e-waste’s collection, repair, refurbishment, recycling and disposal.
Electrical and electronic waste (known as ‘WEEE’ or ‘e-waste’) is the world’s fastest-growing source of waste. Eco-friendly disposal and recycling mechanisms will mitigate e-waste’s negative environmental and health effects, but will also create new employment opportunities while recycling critical raw materials and decreasing resource-dependency.  
The upcoming workshop is organized by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the Secretariat of the Basel, Stockholm and Rotterdam Conventions (SBSR), a body administered by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The event is organized in partnership with the Basel Convention Regional Center for Central America and Mexico (BCRC-CAM); the Central American Commission for Environment and Development (CCAD); the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources of El Salvador (MARN); the Central American Regional Technical Commission on Telecommunications (COMTELCA); the Salvadoran General Superintendency for Electricity and Telecommunications (SIGET); and the Partnership for Action on Computing Equipment (PACE) established under the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal.
The workshop is the first joint training activity undertaken by ITU and SBSR, and participation is free of charge.
The event will outline e-waste management methods detailed by ITU’s international standards (ITU-T Recommendations) and ITU’s Toolkit on End of Life Management for ICT Equipment.
The workshop will also present PACE’s Environmentally Sound Management (ESM) Criteria Recommendations; its Guideline on Environmentally Sound Testing, Refurbishment and Repair of Used Computing Equipment; its Guideline on Environmentally Sound Material Recovery/Recycling of End-of-Life Computing Equipment; and its Guidance on Transboundary Movement (TBM) of Used and End-of-Life Computing Equipment.
Other sessions will discuss the role that standards and policies play in tackling e-waste by encouraging the application of global environmental best practices and by underscoring the implementation of national and regional e-waste management strategies.
The workshop will conclude with a session inviting equipment manufacturers, government representatives and leading e-waste recycling specialists to discuss the development of Central America’s sub-regional systems for e-waste’s repair, refurbishment, recycling and disposal.
The workshop will be conducted in English and Spanish.
More information on the workshop, including a provisional programme and an online registration form, can be found here
More information on ITU-T activities on ICTs, the Environment and Climate Change can be found here

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