Over the past two decades, the production of electronic equipment has increased tremendously. As a result, electronic waste (e-waste) is one of the fastest growing global waste streams. Some e-waste is shipped to developing or emerging industrialized countries where, although it is labeled for re-use, much of it ends up being recycled.
As a result of international commitments, such as the Busan Pledge for Action on Children’s Environmental Health (2009) and the Libreville Declaration (which came out of the 1st Inter-Ministerial Conference on Health and Environment in Africa), the World Health Organization (WHO) has targeted the emerging issue of the impact of e-waste on the health and development of children.
The UNU-hosted Solving the E-Waste Problem (StEP) Initiative is joining with WHO to carrying out an on-line survey to contribute to identifying existing knowledge on and key stakeholders working in the field of e-waste and children’s health.
if you have an expertise or interest in e-waste, please contribute by responding to the online “Questionnaire on health impacts of e-waste recycling on children” by 1 June 2013.
The findings will be discussed in an upcoming WHO closed working meeting with experts on e-waste and child health (in June 2013), and will be summarized in the meeting report as well as in a subsequent peer-reviewed article on e-waste and health.
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