Follow up Partnership to the Partnership for Action on Computing Equipment

At the fourteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention, the Parties decided to establish a new partnership as a follow up to Partnership for Action on Computing Equipment. Decision BC-14/19 Part I.

Although PACE had contributed substantially to finding solutions, the challenges of achieving ESM of used and waste computing equipment are neither solved nor diminishing; on the contrary, they continue to grow.

According to statistics developed by the United Nations University, in 2021, the total volume of e-waste generated worldwide will surpass 52 million tonnes and by 2050, in the worst-case scenario, it could reach 120 million tonnes. Current estimates show that, in 2018, only 20% of the e-waste generated globally was collected properly, the rest was discarded or managed informally. The value of the e-waste generated annually is estimated to be USD 62.5 billion. Estimates show that, by 2020, 25 to 50 billion devices will be connected to the internet. (Source: A New Circular Vision for Electronics, Time for a Global Reboot. World Economic Forum, 2019 in cooperation with the E-waste Coalition). UNEP estimated in 2015 that the trade globally amounted to 12.5-18.8 billion USD annually, however, how much of this e-waste that was subject to illegal trade or simply dumped is not known (UNEP and INTERPOL, 2016). Transboundary movements of hazardous and other wastes, including e-waste ending up in dumps, are deemed to be illegal traffic under the Basel Convention, Article 9.

For these reasons, the Parties recognized that there is an urgent need to bring action on the ground and to involve more industries, donors and other stakeholders in the implementation of concrete activities at the international, regional and local levels. An action oriented approach is the guiding principle of the work programme of the new Partnership.

In this decision BC-14/19 Part I, among others, the Conference of the Parties invited Parties, signatories and all other stakeholders, including manufacturers, recyclers, refurbishers, academia, relevant e-waste platforms, non-governmental and intergovernmental organizations and former partners of the Partnership for Action on Computing Equipment to indicate their interest in participating in the working group of the Partnership to the Secretariat no later than 30 September 2019, having regard to the specific expertise and experience required to participate in the activities of the working group.

Also, it invited Parties and others to submit comments on the terms of reference and the programme of work included in document UNEP/CHW.14/INF/30, to the working group of the Partnership, through the Secretariat, by 30 September 2019; and requested the working group of the Partnership to prepare a revised version of both the terms of reference and the programme of work, including to prioritize tasks in the programme of work and outline the structure of the leadership of the Partnership, and taking into account comments from Parties and others, to submit them for consideration by the Open-Ended Working Group at its twelfth meeting.

Comments received as of 30 September 2019

 
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