The International Telecommunication Union (ITU), UN Habitat, United Nations University (UNU), United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Basel Convention and UN Environment at the kind invitation of the Universal Communications Service Access Fund (UCSAF) and Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA), organised the eighth edition of the Green Standards Week, from 9 to 12 April 2018 in Zanzibar, Tanzania.
The event was held at the serene Sea Cliff Resort & Spa, Kama Village, Mangapwani, Zanzibar.
This year, the Green Standards Week was dedicated to the theme “Linking circular economy and industry 4.0”, and was be kindly hosted by the Universal Communications Service Access Fund (UCSAF) and Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA), Zanzibar, Tanzania.
The Green Standards Week brought together leading specialists in the field, from top policy-makers to engineers, designers, smart city planners, government officials, regulators, standards experts, academia and others. This year, the programme had a strong slant towards e-waste management issues. It was attended by about 150 participants from about 30 different countries.
The two morning sessions of Day 1 (9 April, 2018) were devoted to the holding of the Symposium on “ITU's Activities on ICT, Environment and Climate Change to Attain the Sustainable Development Goals”.
Session 2 of the day was dedicated to: “Tackling E-Waste and Achieving a Circular Economy”. The Executive Director of the BCCC-Africa (Professor Percy Onianwa), during the session, made a presentation on "Tackling The Global E-Waste Problem: Contributions of the African Basel Convention Regional and Coordinating Centres"
Other presentations during this session were:
The fourth day (12 April, 2018) was solely dedicated to “Training on E-waste Statistics” which was conducted mostly by two experts from the United Nations University (Kees Balde and Elise Vermeersch) and a few other persons. The training activities involved eight sessions with the following themes:
Session 1: Addressing the e-waste challenge: Better data - Better policies
Session 2: Country presentations
Session 3: General Principles of E-waste Statistics
Session 4: How to track “sales of electronic equipment”, and how to measure “e-waste generated”
Session 5: How to measure e-waste collected and recycled
Session 6: How to measure imports and exports of e-waste
Session 7: How to use the e-waste toolkit
Session 8: Group discussion on Workplan on e-waste statistics
Among several other activities held during the Standards Week were the meetings of:
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