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  UNEP Secretariat Of Basel Convention (SBC) Partnership for Action on Computing Equipment Working Group (PACEWG). 

The Partnership for Action on Computing Equipment (PACE) was put in place by the decision IX/9 of the ninth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal, which took place in Bali, Indonesia in June 2008. The Partnership was formally established in 2009. Cochairs of PACE are Mr Marco Buletti, Switzerland, and MrOladeleOsibanjo, BCCC-Africa in Nigeria.

PACE is a multi-stakeholder public-private partnership under the umbrella of the Basel Convention that provides a forum for representativesof personal computer manufacturers, recyclers, international organizations, associations, academia, Basel Convention Regional Centres and BaselConvention Coordinating Centres, groups and governments to tackle environmentally sound refurbishment, repair, material recovery, recycling and disposal of used and end-of-life computing equipment.The PACE membership would soon hit the 100 mark.The Partnership is intended to increase the environmentally sound management of used and end-of- life computing equipment, taking into account, amongst other things, social responsibility, the concept of sustainable development, and information-sharing on life cycle thinking. The membership of PACE Working Group (PACEWG) would soon hit 100 mark.

PACEWG undertakes its activities as a whole body and through various project groups (PGs) established to address specific issues. Each Project Group has two Co-chairs. The existing project groups are :

  • Project Group 1.1 on environmentally sound refurbishment and repairs of used computing equipment (guidelines developed and approved  by PACEWG).
  • Project Group 2.1 on environmentally sound material recovery and recycling of end of life computing equipment (guidelines developed and approved by PACEWG)
  • Project Group.3.1 on pilot projects on collectionand management of end-of-life computing equipment from informal sector ( A pilot projecton e-waste collection in Jordan is on going)
  • Project 4.1 on awareness raising and training (PACE logo designed and many awarenessraising materials developed including a musical DVD on PACE)
  • 5.Project 5.1 on Strategies, Actions and Incentives to promote environmentally sound management.
  • 6.Project 6.1 on transboundary movement of used and end-of-life equipment.


BCCC-Africa in Nigeria and BCRCs in Egypt, Senegal and South Africa have been active in PACEWG. Mr John Adegbite of Federal Ministry of Environment Nigeria is Co-chair of PG 3.1 while DrIaeloLatsela , Director BCRC SouthAfrica is Co-chair of PG 6.1.

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.

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