Central American Workshop Adopts e-Waste Handling Agenda
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The Workshop for Capacity Building on Environmentally Responsible Management of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) convened in San Salvador, El Salvador, from 19-21 March 2013.

A key outcome of the meeting was agreement on a 20-point Agenda aiming to promote advances in the handling of WEEE in the region.

3 April 2013: The Workshop for Capacity Building on Environmentally Responsible Management of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) convened in San Salvador, El Salvador, from 19-21 March 2013. A key outcome of the meeting was agreement on a 20-point Agenda aiming to promote advances in the handling of WEEE in the region.

Jointly organized by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the Secretariat of the Basel Convention through the Basel Convention Regional Center for Central America and Mexico (BCRC), in cooperation with the Partnership for Action on Computing Equipment (PACE), the Central American Commission for Environment and Development, and the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources of El Salvador, the workshop was attended by 86 regional stakeholders. Participants included representatives of Central American Governments, private companies, universities and NGOs.

According to the Basel Convention Secretariat, electronic devices contain up to 60 different chemical elements, and deficiencies in collection methods, recycling technologies and illegal dumping result in the loss of most of these resources, as well as adverse environmental impacts. [Basel Convention Press Release] [ITU Press Release] [PACE Website]


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