Monitoring and measuring quantities and flows of e-waste is important to assess developments over time, to set and evaluate targets, and identify best practices in policies. Such efforts help tackle the e-waste challenge and drive policies and activities towards a sustainable society and circular economy.
Global E-waste Statistics Partnership
The Global E-waste Statistics Partnership (GESP) was founded in 2017 and is currently being implemented by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the United Nations University – Sustainable Cycles Programme (UNU-SCYCLE), and the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA). The GESP is now implemented by ITU and UNITAR-SCYCLE.
The partnership aims to monitor developments of e-waste over time, and to help countries to produce e-waste statistics. The partnership will inform policy makers, industries, academia, media and the general public by enhancing the understanding and interpretation of global e-waste data and its relation to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
From its establishment, GESP has achieved a series of milestones in its aim for accessible and reliable e-waste statistics. The GESP website is an important resource that allows a contextual framing of e-waste statistics. The website publicly visualizes e-waste indicators on e-waste generated and e-waste formally collected. The map feature also allows to explore country specific data and legislation system.
National and regional workshops on e-waste data and statistics
The GESP has organized national and regional workshops on e-waste data and statistics in various countries. The GESP is currently supporting Malawi, Botswana and Namibia, with the aim to: