Seven UN entities and WEF came together to address e-waste
A report titled ‘A New Circular Vision for Electronics – Time for a Global Reboot‘, composed by seven UN entities along with the World Economic Forum (WEF) and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, aims to support international efforts to address e-waste challenges. Launched at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, the report discusses e-waste in the context of ‘circular economy’ concept, in which ‘all materials and components are kept at their highest value at all times, and waste is designed out of the system’.
According to Stephan Sicars, Director of the Department of Environment at the UN Industrial Development Organization, ‘e-waste is a growing global challenge that poses a serious threat to the environment and human health worldwide’. ‘To minimize this threat, UNIDO works with various UN agencies and other partners on a range of e-waste projects, all of which are underpinned by a circular economy approach’.