UNU & WHO Survey on E-waste and its Health Impact on Children

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Description

Asaresultofinternationalcommitments,suchastheBusanPledgeforActiononChildren’EnvironmentalHealth(Busan,2009)andtheLibrevilleDeclaration(thatcameoutofthe1stInter--‐MinisterialConferenceonHealthandEnvironmentinAfrica),theWorldHealthOrganization(WHO)wasurgedtoworkontheemergingissueofelectronicwasteandspecificallyitsimpactonthehealthanddevelopmentofchildren.FollowingthelaunchofanewinitiativebyWHOaddressingelectronicwasteandchildhealth,theUnitedNationsUniversity(UNU),whichhoststheSolvingtheE--‐wasteProblem(StEP)Initiative,andWHOcarriedoutanon--‐linesurveywithawiderbodyofexperts.Thesurveyaimedtoidentifyexistingknowledgeandkeystakeholdersworkingone--‐wasteandchildhealththatcouldcontributetoandbenefitfromthenewinitiative’findings.Internationalexpertswereinvitedtocontributetothisinitiativebyrespondingtoashorton--‐linesurveywithina4weektime--‐frame.ThefindingswerediscussedinaclosedWHOworkingmeetingone--‐wasteandchildhealth,heldinGenèvebetweenthe11--‐12June2013.Thesurveyhighlightedtheneedforjointactiontotacklehealthissuesrelatedtoe--‐wastemanagementaroundtheworld.Theseefforts,ledbyWHO,shouldcomplementexistingactivitiesofotherorganizations,touseandbuildontheexpertiseofcomplementarydisciplines.Thiswillensureaholisticapproach,takingintoaccountthechallengesofpropere--‐wastemanagementindifferentregionsoftheworld.

Publisher

  • United Nations University

Author

  • Kuehr R
  • Magalini F

Publishing Date

2013

Category

Language

  • English

Waste type

  • E-Waste

Area of intervention

  • Research
  • Health Impact

Groups audience

- Private group -

german cooperationFederal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Developmentsupported by The State Government of North Rhine-Westphalia