Capacity Building

Guiding countries in their data collection is particularly necessary to increase the number of countries that compile national statistics on e-waste. Measuring e-waste is an important step towards addressing the e-waste challenge since statistics help to evaluate developments over time, set and assess targets, and identify best practices in policies. Better e-waste data will help track the global target to reduce the amount of e-waste and will also eventually contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), in particular SDG 12, to “ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns,” as well as other SDGs. E-waste statistics are in particular relevant for SDG 12.4.2 on hazardous waste, which has several sub-indicators on e-waste management.

The GESP offers both one day and multiple day workshops (3-5 days) depending on the needs of your country or organisation. The one-day workshop focuses on providing an overview of the current statistics on e-waste, and the methods of producing electronic waste statistics at the national level. It also allows participants to share experiences, knowledge and challenges, including in the area of national coordination. The training is addressed to e-waste professionals and statisticians (usually from the National Statistical Offices, the Ministries for Environment or the ICT Ministries) to guide these professionals on how to produce internationally comparable e-waste statistics in their country. Whenever possible, these training will be organized back-to-back with existing related events. The more detailed multiple day workshop covers the main principles of e-waste statistics. The workshop allows for more discussions and participants will actually manipulate and work on data from their countries. Such more intensive workshop can be held for a region, but also for one specific country.


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