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​Global E-waste Statistics Partnership launches to help address global e-waste challenge.

A New Circular Vision for Electronics

Read the report to to see why ITU, a number of UN agencies, the World Economic Forum and other partners are working to advance the Circular Economy.

Handbook: Policy framework on ICT/e-waste

The Handbook for the development of a policy framework on ICT/e-waste is available for download (pdf format).

Global E-waste Monitor 2017

Available in six languages! More >

ICTs offer great opportunities for sustainable development. At the same time, the ICT sector has an environmental impact, including through the generation of e-waste. E-waste, which refers to used, broken, or obsolete electrical and electronic equipment, such as phones, laptops, sensors, and TVs, can contain hazardous substances that may pose considerable environmental and health risks, especially if treated inadequately. As technologies change at great speed, and as access to and use of electrical and electronic equipment increases, product lifecycles become shorter and many designs do not support repair or reuse. As a result, the amount of e-waste is growing rapidly throughout the world. 
The highest policy making body of the ITU, the Plenipotentiary Conference, established targets in 2018 relating to e-waste:
ITU's Development Bureau (ITU-D) has been given a mandate to "assist developing countries in undertaking proper assessment of the size of e-waste and in initiating pilot projects to achieve environmentally sound management of e-waste through e-waste collection, dismantling, refurbishing and recycling." (WTDC Resolution 66). To this end ITU-D is developing e-waste guidelines to help countries identify best policies. It is also carrying out an electronic waste management project, and recently launched a new partnership to help improve global e-waste statistics.

Global E-waste Statistics Partnership

As a first step to address the global e-waste challenge and to improve the availability and quality of e-waste data, ITU, together with UNU and ISWA, has founded the Global E-waste Statistics Partnership.  More >

UN E-waste Coalition

ITU and nine other United Nations entities signed ​​a Letter of Intent paving the way for greater collaboration in the area of e-waste management.
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Projects and activities

ITU-D implements different projects and activities to provide assistance to developing countries in the use of ICTs to mitigate and address the effects of climate change, taking into account the impact of ICTs on the environment, as well as the achievement of one of the environmental sustainability goals set in the “Connect 2020 Agenda for Global Telecommunication /ICT Development” which calls for an increase in the global e-waste recycling rate to 30% by 2023.  More >

Policies and regulatory frameworks

ITU develops studies, guidelines and specific recommendations to help governments establish effective environmental frameworks in the areas of telecommunications/ICT generated e-waste.  More >

ITU activities on e-waste

ITU is committed to tackling the growing problems associated with e-waste and implements different projects and activities, and develops reports, toolkits and educational material, accessible from this website. More >

ITU-D Study Group 2 Question 6/2

ITU-D Study Group 2 Question 6/2 focuses on ICTs and the Environment, which includes the topic of e-waste. The Question studies international initiatives, standards and best practices to assist in the development of national legal frameworks for the environmentally sound management of electronic waste. More >​​