e-Waste Academy: a pioneering initiative to encourage multi-stakeholder partnerships and collaboration on e-waste policy and management

United Nations University Institute for Sustainability and Peace (UNU-ISP), Operating Unit SCYCLE, announced recently that the “Solving the E-waste Problem (StEP) Initiative” will be organizing the first installment of the E-waste Academy (EWA) for policymakers and small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs).

The approach for the first E-waste Academy will be a regional one, with policymakers and SME operators in Western Africa as the target group and target region with some participants from other regions of the world to establish vital South-South cooperation. This will enable a more concentrated approach to stimulate fruitful discussion among policymakers and SME operators while also facilitating exchange of best practices and expert feedback, taking into account regional disparities.

The overarching idea will be to replicate the E-waste Academy in different regions of the world, ultimately weaving together academy results and thereby guiding and facilitating effective and coherent dialogue and action on e-waste management and system design at the international level.

The first E-waste Academy is being co-sponsored and co-organized by the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI). Further funding is currently being acquired with pledged financial support by other UN organizations, NGOs and various national governments.

The call for applications is set to go live on 15 November 2011 and will close on 15 January 2012. The first E-waste Academy will take place on 25-29 June 2012 at the UNU Institute for Natural Resources in Africa (UNU-INRA) in Accra, Ghana.

For further information on the EWA vision and concept as well as more information about the project sponsors, you may also visit the E-waste Academy website at www.ewasteacademy.org, on Facebook or Twitter.

You can also download the presentation of the EWA concept at the following link.

On the EWA website the Call for Application and Application Form can be downloaded as well, or filled in online.

For more information please contact the EWA Organizing Team at ewa@unu.edu.