UN Agencies form E-Waste Coalition
StEP members UNU, ITU, UNEP, UNIDO und BRS are actively engaged in the work of the E-Waste Coalition. Since March 2018, ten United Nations entities signed a Letter of Intent to indicate their commitment to increase collaboration, build partnerships and support Member States to address the global e-waste challenge. In particular, they agreed to strengthen knowledge sharing, increase awareness about the topic of e-waste and inform and guide companies, consumers and policy makers. As one first outcome the E-Waste Coalition published the report titled “A New Circular Vision for Electronics: Time for a Global Reboot” during the World Economic Forum in January 2019.
Until September 2019, the Secretariat of the UN Environment Management Group (EMG) is providing coordination support for the E-waste Coalition. The upcoming moths will be used to further formalize the Coalition and define the working structures of the E-Waste Coalition. This also includes the establishment of cooperation’s with partners form the public and private sector. In this regards a close cooperation between StEP and the E-Waste Coalition is envisioned.