In the framework of the E-waste monitor in the Arab Region project, the SCYCLE Programme, ITU, and UNEP, in collaboration with UNITAR, UNSD, and UN-ESCWA, organized a 3-day “Regional Training Workshop on E-waste Statistics in the Arab Region” hosted by the Centre International des Technologies de l'Environnement de Tunis (CITET), in Tunisia.
The Workshop was aimed at strengthening the capacity of Arab countries on e-waste statistics methodologies and data collection, sharing experiences, knowledge and challenges, and improving national coordination, through presentation-led and group exercises sessions. Participants were provided with and trained on the use of the UNU’s guidelines on e-waste statistics and UNU’s e-waste tools, to help them gathering and making use of statistics on new EEE and used EEE put on the market, e-waste generated, environmental sound management of e-waste, other e-waste recycling, and imports and exports of used EEE and e-waste. The workshop attracted more than 70 participants from 17 Arab countries, including representatives from ICTs ministries and regulators, national statistics offices, ministries of environments, mobile network operators and other government agencies dealing with e-waste data (municipalities, ministries and customs), private sector, and academia, as well as representatives from 6 international and regional organizations (UNU, UNEP, UNIDO, ITU, UNSD and UNITAR). The speakers underlined the importance of the regional project about E-waste Monitoring on the Arab Region, stressing that this workshop represents one of the key deliverable E-waste sources and can be the starting point for developing internationally comparable e-waste statistics.