Applications are now being accepted for the first E-waste Academy, set to take place from 25 to 29 June 2012 in Accra, Ghana. The Academy is organized by the Sustainable Cycles (SCYCLE) operating unit of the UNU Institute for Sustainability and Peace (UNU-ISP), under the “Solving the E-waste Problem” (StEP) initiative. This first installment is targeted at policymakers and small and medium-sized enterprises.
The E-Waste Academy aims to be the foremost forum available for stakeholders involved in the design of e-waste systems and the implementation of knowledge-sharing solutions, enabling them to interact with experts and develop collaborative partnerships that foster long-term, sustainable solutions and approaches on all policy, technology, economic and social-aspects related to e-waste.
The first E-waste Academy will pursue a regional approach and focus on establishing vital South–South cooperation, by involving policymakers and SME operators in Western Africa, along with some participants from other regions of the world. This will enable concentrated and fruitful discussion among participants, 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 guiding and facilitating effective dialogue and action on e-waste management and system design at the international level.
The E-waste Academy is co-sponsored and co-organized by the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI). Further funding is currently being acquired with pledged support from other UN organizations, NGOs and various national governments. The E-waste Academy will be held at the UNU Institute for Natural Resources in Africa (UNU-INRA), in Accra.
The deadline for submitting applications is 15 January 2012. For more information and application details, please see the UNU-ISP website, or contact the Mr Federico Magalini at . For further information on the E-waste Academy vision and concept, as well as more information about its sponsors, you may also visit the E-waste Academy website.