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The United Nations University (UNU) is the academic arm of the United Nations (UN). It bridges the academic world and the UN system. Its goal is to develop sustainable solutions for current and future problems of humankind in all aspects of life. Through a problem-oriented and interdisciplinary approach it aims at applied research and education on a global scale. UNU was founded in 1973 and is an autonomous organ of the UN General Assembly. The University comprises headquarters Tokyo, Japan, and more than a dozen Institutes and Programmes worldwide.


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Step is an initiative of various UN organizations coordinated by the United Nations University with the overall aim to solve the e-waste problem. Together with prominent members from industry, governments, international organizations, NGOs and the science sector actively participating, Step initiates and facilitates approaches towards the sustainable handling of e-waste. In five task forces feasible, just and environmentally safe solutions for the e-waste problem are developed through analysis, planning and pilot projects. For more information please visit the Step initiative website or click here to download the Step Flyer.

E-waste Academy 2012 highlights

The E-waste Academy (EWA) is a pioneering concept in research and will foster multi-stakeholder partnerships and collaboration on e-waste policy and management, looking at the e-waste issue in its entirety, rather than through the lens of a specific discipline. Read more on the Step initiative website.


  • Step Secretariat
  • c/o United Nations University
  • Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability┬á
  • (UNU-IAS)
  • 5-53-70 Jingumae

  • Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-8925

  • Japan

  • Tel.: + 49-228-815-0213/0214
  • Fax: + 49-228-815-0299
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E-Waste in China: A Country Report

Annual Report 2011

Annual Report 2010

Annual Report 2009