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Regional E-waste Monitor for the Arab States 2021


Within the framework of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Arab Regional Initiative on environment, climate change and emergency telecommunications and the Global E-waste Statistics Partnership of the United Nations University (UNU), the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and ITU, the Regional E-waste Monitor for the Arab States 2021 is the first e-waste monitoring effort in the region.
This work has increased regional capacity in collecting e-waste statistics for use by government officials and statisticians, in addition to improving e-waste data in the region.
The Regional E-waste Monitor was launched during a webinar on 1 December 2021, 10:00 – 11:00 CET. The Regional E-waste Monitor provides an assessment of statistics, legislation, and management infrastructure of e-waste for 22 Arab States.
The Monitor highlights that e waste generation in the Arab States region increased by 61 per cent to 2.8 Mt between 2010 and 2019. The largest e-waste generator is Saudi Arabia, with 13.2 kg/inh of e-waste, while the lowest is Comoros (0.7 kg/inh).
The Arab States region collected and managed a total of 2.2 kt (0.01 kg/inh) of e-waste in 2019, which equates to a collection rate of 0.1 per cent. This takes place in Jordan, the State of Palestine (Resolution 99 (Rev. Dubai, 2018)), Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.
No specific e-waste legislation is in place in any Arab State. However, most Arab States have well-developed legal and regulatory frameworks in the field of waste management and/or on hazardous waste.

Managing e-waste presents an economic opportunity for the region. In 2019, e-waste generated among Arab States represented a total value of USD 3 billion in secondary raw materials.​

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