Regional Training Workshop on E-waste Statistics in the CIS plus Georgia, Turkmenistan and Ukraine

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Moscow, Russia, 20-23 January 2020 The Regional E-waste Monitor project in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) plus Georgia, Turkmenistan, and Ukraine is administered by the Sustainable Cycles (SCYCLE) Programme and co‑hosted by the United Nations University (UNU) and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The project is funded by the German Environment Agency (UBA), the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), and the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA).

As one of its key offerings, the project has envisaged the organisation of two regional training workshops. The first three-day training event on e-waste statistics training, titled “Regional E-waste Monitor: CIS plus Georgia, Turkmenistan and Ukraine”, was held in the UN House in Moscow, Russia from 20-23 January 2020.

The workshop attracted more than 30 participants from 10 CIS+ countries, including representatives from ICTs ministries and regulators, national statistics offices, ministries of environments, other government agencies dealing with e-waste data (municipalities, ministries, and customs), the private sector, and academia, as well as representatives from seven international and regional organizations (UNU, UNEP, UBA, ITU, UNIDO, UNSD, and UNITAR).

The goal of the workshop was to strengthen the capacity on e-waste statistics methodologies and data collection in the Commonwealth Independent States by stressing the importance of sharing experiences, knowledge, and challenges in the region.

Participants were provided with, and trained on the use of, both UNU’s guidelines on e-waste statistics and UNU’s e-waste tools to help them gather and start generating statistics on new EEE as well as used EEE released on the market, e-waste generated, environmental sound management of e-waste, and imports and exports monitoring of used EEE and e-waste.

The workshop combined both presentation sessions and group exercises in order to engage all participants more actively in statistical methods and e-waste challenges; it strove to improve national and international coordination and foster a constructive dialogue.