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  The Pan-African Forum on e-Waste

The Pan-African Forum on E-waste was held in in UNEP Headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, from 12 to 16 March 2012. The forum was a follow up to the recently concluded E-Waste Africa Project. The Pan-African Forum on E-waste was organized by the Secretariat of the Basel Convention and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), with support from the Government of Kenya, and private sector companies including Dell, HP, Nokia and Philips.

The event was held in collaboration with the Basel Convention Coordinating Centre for Training and Technology Transfer for the African Region (BCCC Africa), the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA), the Institute for Applied Ecology, the European Union Network for the Implementation and Enforcement of Environmental Law (IMPEL), Solving the E-Waste Problem (StEP), and the United Nations University. Financial support for the forum on e-waste was provided by the European Commission, the Governments of Norway and Canada, HP, Dell, Microsoft, Sims Recycling Solutions, Safaricom and the National Environmental Management Authority of Kenya.

The main objective of the Forum was to identify possible options for a sustainable solution to e-waste in Africa by developing a clear perspective on a framework approach for environmentally sound management of e-waste applicable in the African context as well as by acquiring an understanding of needs for regulatory frameworks. The Forum also sought to provide a platform to discuss ways for establishing or strengthening national, regional and international collaboration. The Forum which was chaired by the Director Basel Convention Coordinating Centre for Africa (BCCC-Africa) Prof. Oladele Osibanjo, brought together one hundred and eighty participants from over 35 countries, including representatives from 20 African States, four States outside Africa, 13 inter-governmental organizations and UN agencies, 14 academic institutions, 22 civil society organizations, and 22 private companies.

The forum produced and adopted ''A Call for Action On E waste In Africa - Set of Priority Actions''. The following priority areas for action have been identified to support transboundary movements and the environmentally sound management (ESM) of
e-Waste:

 

  • Area 1: BaselineAssessment of E-waste Problems.
  • Area 2: Principles for Environmentally Sound Management of E-waste
  • Area 3: Legal, Policy and Regulatory Framework
  • Area 4: Enforcing International, Regional and National laws concerning Imports and Exports of used Electronic and Electrical Equipment and e-waste
  • Area 5: Financing Envi ronmentally Sound Management of E-waste
  • Area 6: Environmental, Health and Socio-Economic Aspects of E-waste management
  • Area 7: Capacity Building andAwareness Raising
  • Area 8: Coordination of Implementation of the call for Action

Governance

On inauguration of a Steering Committee, the Centre will be governed by a Steering Committee made up of the Directors of the Basel Convention Regional Centers in the African region, representatives of the Federal Government of Nigeria, one  member  state  representative  from  each  of  the  Basel  Convention  Regional Centres

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The Pan-African Forum on e-Waste

The Pan-African Forum on E-waste was held in in UNEP Headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, from 12 to 16 March 2012. The forum was a follow up to the recently concluded E-Waste Africa Project.

Read more about the forum