About Us


Building on the partnership on Measuring ICT for development, in 2017, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), United Nations University – Sustainable Cycles (UNU-SCYCLE) and the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA), joined forces to create the Global E-waste Statistics Partnership as a way of addressing the challenges associated with managing e-waste. Since January 2022, Sustainable Cycles (SCYCLE) become a Programme under the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR). Today, the GESP is now a Partnership managed by the ITU and UNITAR-SCYCLE.

The objectives of the Partnership are to monitor developments of e-waste over time, and to help countries to produce e-waste statistics. The initiative will inform policy makers, industries, academia, media and the general public by enhancing the understanding and interpretation of global e-waste data and its relation to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The goals of the GESP are to:

  • Collect and improve worldwide e-waste statistics
  • Enhance the understanding and interpretation of global e-waste data
  • Improve the quality of e-waste statistics by guiding countries and building national capacity through e-waste statistics trainings
  • Raise awareness and communicates the data to the general public and relevant stakeholders

How can the GESP help you?

Please contact us to learn more about the GESP or if you are interested in becoming part of next the Global E-waste Monitor success story.

  • Support the global fact base of the impact of e-waste globally.
  • Benefit from early access to latest e-waste data for your relevant markets.
  • Enhance your e-waste network through the project’s global outreach via project partners and workshops.
  • Take part in our workshops.
  • Show your support with your logo on the publications and at events.

Some of the key achievements of the GESP since 2017, include:

  • Publication of the second, third, and fourth editions of the Global E-waste Monitor in 2017, 2020, and 2024.
  • Establishment of this website (globalewaste.org) to publicly visualize the most relevant e-waste indicators on e-waste generated and e-waste formally collected.
  • Organized national and regional workshops on e-waste statistics in various countries. Regional capacity-building workshops have been conducted so far in East Africa, Latin America, Eastern Europe and the Arabian States. More than 360 people from 60 countries have been trained on the internationally adapted methodology.
  • Between 2017 and 2019, 9 countries (apart from EU countries) have started compiling e-waste statistics using the harmonized measurement framework, and most have obtained satisfactory results.
  • Publication of the second edition of “E-waste Statistics: Guidelines for classification, reporting and indicators”.
  • Publication of Regional E-waste Monitors in 2021 and 202 for the Arab States, CIS + Georgia and Latin America.

Our Mission

The objectives of the Global E-waste Statistics Partnership (GESP) are to improve and collect worldwide e-waste statistics in an internationally standardized way. The Partnership will also raise visibility on the importance of tracking e-waste, and deliver capacity building workshops. The GESP published the Global E-waste Monitor 2024, now it its fourth edition, which shows continued global growth in the generation of e-waste.