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The United Nations University (UNU) is the academic arm of the United Nations (UN). It bridges the academic world and the UN system. Its goal is to develop sustainable solutions for current and future problems of humankind in all aspects of life. Through a problem-oriented and interdisciplinary approach it aims at applied research and education on a global scale. UNU was founded in 1973 and is an autonomous organ of the UN General Assembly. The University comprises headquarters Tokyo, Japan, and more than a dozen Institutes and Programmes worldwide.

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    Conference of the Parties, Basel Convention: StEP presents progress in e-waste management

    At a side event at the Basel Convention COP, StEP presented two white papers on its recent progress in the design of e-waste prevention and management systems and a world-wide harmonized definition of e-waste. These papers were endorsed by its more than 60 organizational members of StEP coming from industry, governments, academia & research, international organizations and NGOs.  StEP also presented the capacity building capabilities of the successfully tested E-waste Academy for policy-makers, entrepreneurs and scientists. |Read more

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    UNU colleagues participate in Deutsche Post Marathon Bonn 2013

    Over the weekend UNU colleagues Liz Mullin Bernhardt (UNW-DPC), Esmeralda Hernandez (UNU-ViE), Katja Cloud (UNW-DPC) and Sabrina Zwick (UNU-ViE) represented UNU in the Deutsche Post Marathon Bonn 2013. They placed 127 overall with a total time of 4:26:16! 

    With over 12,000 participants and 200,000 spectators the Deutsche Post Marathon Bonn is one of the ten largest running events in Germany. |Read more

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    E-waste management in China: stakeholder workshop held in Beijing

    On 16 and 17 July 2012 the first “Stakeholder Workshop & StEP Open Meeting in China” was successfully held in Beijing, co-organized as an event of the Solving the E-waste Problem (StEP) Initiative by United Nations University (UNU) and Basel Convention Regional Center for Asia and the Pacific (BCRC Beijing). | Read more

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    E-waste: Annual gold, silver “deposits” in new high-tech goods worth $21 billion+; less than 15% recovered

    320 tons of gold and more than 7,500 tons of silver are now used annually to make PCs, cell phones, tablet computers and other new electronic and electrical products worldwide, adding more than $21 billion in value each year to the rich fortunes in metals eventually available through “urban mining” of e-waste, experts say.

    Press release