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CECED commissioned this study to the United Nations University, UNU-VIE SCYCLE in 2017.
The mission of the United Nations University is to contribute, through collaborative research and education, dissemination and advisory services, to efforts to resolve the pressing global problems of human survival, development and welfare that are the concern of the United Nations, its Peoples and Member States. In pursuing this mission, UNU conducts research on problems of relevance to the United Nations and its Member States, offers postgraduate programs that prepare people for science-based work in the United Nations or Governments of Member States and functions as a think tank for the United Nations and its Member States. UNU also acts as a bridge between the United Nations and the international academic community, and it serves as a platform for global and local dialogue and creative new ideas.
Sustainable Cycles (SCYCLE) is UNU’s specialised programme focused on the development of sustainable production, consumption and disposal patterns for electrical and electronic equipment (EEE), as well as for other ubiquitous goods. SCYCLE advances in a leading role the global e-waste discussion based on life-cycle thinking. It is hosted by the UNU Vice-Rectorate in Europe.
Concretely SCYCLE fosters solutions-oriented dialogues, cooperation and consensus. Within this context SCYCLE:
· Conducts research on eco-structuring towards sustainable societies;
· Develops interdisciplinary and multi-stakeholder public-private partnerships;
· Assists governments in developing e-waste legislation and standards, meeting a growing need for such support;
· Undertakes education, training and capacity development; and
· Facilitates and disseminates practical, science-based recommendations to the United Nations and its agencies, governments, scholars, industry and the public.
Authors: Federico MAGALINI, Ruediger KUEHR, Jaco HUISMAN, Otmar DEUBZER and Deepali SINHA KHETRIWAL

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