1 November 2022
‘Management of e-Waste as Source of Urban Mining’ Panel Discussion to Kick off at COP27


‘Management of e-Waste as a Source of Urban Mining within the Concept of Circular Economy (Refurbish, Reuse and Recycle)’


Held on the sidelines of the UN Climate Change Conference 2022 (COP27), the panel discussion titled “Management of e-Waste as a Source of Urban Mining within the Concept of Circular Economy (Refurbish, Reuse and Recycle)” takes place on November 17 at 06:00-06:45 PM in Hall B in the Blue Zone, as part of the Solutions Day’s agenda.

High-profile experts from different state agencies and international organizations will join the session, including from the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT), the Ministry of Environment, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the Center for Environment and Development for the Arab Region and Europe (CEDARE), World Resources Forum Association (WRFA), and the Global System for Mobile Communications Association (GSMA).
 
The panel discussion will address a number of topics, including the increasing size of e-waste resulting from the current and expected acceleration of digital transformation, the impact of hazardous material on the environment and health of citizenry, and the important future of the e-waste industry, especially in Africa.
 
Objectives of the panel discussion include addressing problems and opportunities and raising awareness of the safe management of e-waste through international and regional experiences. A number of practices will also be discussed, including formalizing the informal sector, developing regulations, building capacity in recycling and refurbishing, and promoting entrepreneurship in this field through incubation and accreditation schemes. In addition, the session will provide an explanation of the relation between digital transformation and e-waste generation and management.
 
COP27 serves as a platform for stakeholders to effectively tackle the global challenge of climate change. Egypt’s vision through COP27 is to move from negotiations and planning to implementation, with a clear recognition of the gravity of the global climate challenge and appreciation of the value of multilateral, collective and concerted action as the only means to address this global threat.

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