The Sustainable Management of waste electrical and electronic equipment in Latin America.
A study was carried out to determine the current status of the management of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE or e-waste) and used electrical and electronic equipment in Latin America and to define the guidelines for a roadmap that would ensure the environmental sustainability of e-waste management in the region.

Text of the Basel Convention and the Protocol on Liability and Compensation for Damage Resulting from Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal

Official text of the Basel Convention and the Basel Protocol.
Text of the Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade
Official text of the Rotterdam Convention.

Text of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants
Official text of the Stockholm Convention.


Text of the Minamata Convention on Mercury

Official text of the Minamata Convention.

Toolkit for the Identification and Quantification of Mercury Releases

This Mercury Toolkit is intended to assist countries to develop a mercury releases inventory. It provides a standardized methodology and accompanying database enabling the development of consistent national and regional mercury inventories.
Global Mercury Assessment 2013: Sources, emissions, releases, and environmental transport
This summary report provides the most recent information available on worldwide atmospheric mercury emissions, releases to the aquatic environment, and the transport and fate of mercury in the global environment.

International Lead Association (ILA) Guidance Notes: Working Safely with Lead

The ILA has launched a series of guides to good working practices for workers and managers aimed at supporting improved risk management in the lead industry, particularly in developing countries and those in transition.

UNEP/WHO Global Alliance to Eliminate Lead Paint (GAELP)

The official webpage of this UNEP and WHO-led global partnership to promote the phasing out of lead in paints.
UNEP Partnership for Clean Fuels and Vehicles (PCFV)

The official webpage of this global partnership which provides assistance to developing countries in their efforts to reduce vehicular air pollution through the promotion of lead-free, low sulphur fuels and cleaner vehicle standards and technologies.

Toolkit for Identification and Quantification of Releases of Dioxins, Furans and Other Unintentional POPs

This revised edition of the Toolkit contains improved dioxin emission factors for sources and technologies typical for developing regions, and emission factors for other unintentionally produced POPs. Additional guidance is also provided on the collection of activity data, updating and revision of inventories, quality assurance and quality control of inventory results, among other aspects.

The New POPs Under the Stockholm Convention

For quick overview, you can download the booklet that introduces basic information on the 16 newly chemicals added to the Stockholm Convention in 2017. 


PACE Leaflet (English PDF)

Leaflet on the Partnership for Action on Computing Equipment (PACE) under the Basel Convention
PACE Guidance Document

Guidance Document on the Environmentally Sound Management of Used and End-of-Life Computing Equipment developed by PACE (revised March 2011)
PACE Glossary of Terms

Terms developed for the purpose of assisting readers to better understand PACE documents

PACE Environmentally Sound Management (ESM) Criteria Recommendations

A guidance document developed to specifically identify recommendations for ESM criteria for use in devising guidance materials to assist all countries in implementing the principle of ESM for computing equipment and for PACE pilot projects in developing countries and countries with economies in transition
PACE Guideline on Environmentally Sound Testing, Refurbishment and Repair of Used Computing Equipment

Guideline developed under the PACE Working Group in order to promote greater reuse of used computing equipment through environmentally sound refurbishment and repair and the environmentally sound management of any discarded equipment or components
PACE Guideline on Environmentally Sound Material Recovery and Recycling of End-of-Life Computing Equipment

Guideline developed by the PACE Working Group in order to describe the chain of steps that must be taken in order to ensure environmentally sound management in material recovery facilities that recycle electronics
PACE Guidance on Transboundary Movement (TBM) of Used and End-of-Life Computing Equipment 

A document addressing the transboundary movement of collected used and end-of-life computing equipment.
UNEP-IETC E-Waste Volume 1: Inventory Assessment Manual (December 2007)

This first volume of the UNEP-IETC’s E-waste manual aims to build the capacity of practitioners and policy makers for preparing WEEE/E-waste inventories.
UNEP-IETC E-Waste Volume 2: E-waste Management Manual (December 2007)

This second volume of the UNEP-IETC’s E-waste manual aims to build the capacity of practitioners and policy makers for preparing and developing WEEE/E-waste management systems.
UNEP-IETC E-Waste Volume 3: WEEE/e-waste “Take back system” (August 2013)

This third volume of the UNEP-IETC’s E-waste manual aims to build the capacity of practitioners and decision makers to guide and assist them in understanding, planning, designing and implementing WEEE/e-waste take-back schemes for use by cities or other localized areas or for use at a nation-wide level.
StEP White Paper: One Global Understanding of Re-Use – Common Definitions

A paper that is intended to provide users with Solving the E-Waste Problem (StEP) definitions for terms associated with “reuse” of electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) or its components.
StEP White Paper: E-waste Take-Back System Design and Policy Approaches

A document that describes the generic structure of a take-back system. It outlines the alternatives available to fulfill each component of the system as well as the strengths and weaknesses of the various alternatives. The document also provides a list of key considerations in system design and examples of current system models.
International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Toolkit on Environmental Sustainability for the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Sector

The toolkit on environmental sustainability for the ICT sector is an initiative of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Telecommunication Standardization Sector, carried out together with more than 50 partners. It shows how ICT companies can build sustainability into their operations and management. It puts international standards and guidelines into context, and gives real-life examples of ways in which ICT companies and organizations around the world are dealing with their sustainability challenges.