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Press Conference ITU
Date: 11 December 2017
14:00 - 14:45
Organization: ITU
Location: Press Room 1
Subject: Advance Media Release of the 2017 Global E-Waste Monitor

Advance Media Release of the 2017 Global E-Waste Monitor
This will be a Press Conference to provide UN Geneva accredited media with an advanced embargoed release of the definitive global assessment of the state of e-waste (e.g. electronic waste, which includes which includes discarded products with a battery or plug including mobile phones, laptops, televisions, refrigerators and electrical toys.)

E-waste is the fastest growing part of the world’s domestic waste stream.
This assessment shows that e-waste has grown 8% in two years with just 20% recycled. As the world becomes more digitally dependent, e-waste is expected to increase significantly. Experts foresee a further 17% increase — to 52.2 million metric tonnes of e-waste by 2021. The assessment shows that an increasing number of countries are now developing and implementing e-waste management policies. The assessment also notes that “the conservatively estimated value of recoverable materials in last year’s e-waste was US $55 billion, which is more than the 2016 Gross Domestic Product of most countries in the world.”

This Press Conference will be an opportunity to gather the topline annual trend info and current data on e-waste. being implemented by countries, and to ask one of ITU’s top experts any questions you may have on the data, relevance of the trend info, impacts on SDGs, economic/social impacts of the results, state of the information and communication technology sector, etc.

The 2017 Global E-Waste Monitor is a collaborative effort of the United Nations University (UNU), represented through its Sustainable Cycles (SCYCLE) Programme hosted by UNU's Vice-Rectorate in Europe, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), and the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA).

The report itself will be officially publically released at 10am CET on Wednesday, 13 December 2017.

Broadcast quality video b-roll and still images will be made available.

  • Vanessa Gray – ITU E-Waste Technical Expert
  • Jennifer Ferguson-Mitchell – ITU Head of Media Relations

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