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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):
ITU and Climate Change


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.

Target Audience

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

Programme – 9.00 to 10.45 hours

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
Remote participation was provided


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