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Impact of the UN

The SCYCLE program

Since January 2022 Sustainable Cycles is a program under UNITAR's division for the planet. The main objective of SCYCLE is to facilitate sustainable societies. One of its motives is to design and analyze sustainable patterns for EEE. SYCLE has had the vision to alleviate the environmental load by decreasing e-waste production.

Dr. Ruediger Kuehr was appointed Head of the UNITAR Office Bonn in June 2020 and is also the manager of SCYCLE


Categories of SCYCLE


Waste Management Systems

Partnership Initiatives

Training and Education


The E-Waste Academy

The e-waste academy is a undertaking held under the SCYCLE. The E-Waste Academy – Managers Edition (EWAM) aims to be the foremost forum available for stakeholders involved in e-waste system design as well as implementing solutions to share their knowledge, interact with experts and develop collaborative partnerships fostering long-term, sustainable solutions, and approaches on all policy-related areas related in e-waste, from policy to technology to economics to social aspects. EWAM offers participants a diverse curriculum in an innovative framework including lectures, workshops, participant presentations, group projects, and site visits with an international interdisciplinary faculty and experienced facilitators. In June 2012 the GeSI & StEP E-Waste Academy (EWA) 2012 took place in Accra, Ghana. The E-waste Academy changed its name to E-waste Academy-Managers Edition (EWAM) in January 2013. The second initiative, the E-Waste Academy – Scientists Edition (EWAS) is a pioneering concept in the development of capacity for e-waste research and management to foster multi-stakeholder partnerships and establish opportunities for continued collaboration on e-waste research, and policy and management. EWAS brings together young e-waste researchers from around the world, looking at solving e-waste from different disciplinary perspectives. It aims to be the foremost forum available to young scientists to share their knowledge, interact with experts from academia, industry, and policy, and develop collaborative partnerships. Three editions of the EWAS so far, between 2009 and 2011, have been extremely successful.


The Impact

The UN is trying its level best to reduce the slope of e-waste generated and has developed new designs for the recycling process, moreover, it is suggesting and trying to seize the opportunity to tackle e-waste. Still, e-waste is a huge concern and according to the UN, e-waste generation will double or even triple if generated at the same rate.

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