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European Forum "Sharing initiatives for a green and connected city" - 27 May 2008 - Committee of the Regions, Brussels

European Forum "Sharing initiatives for a green and connected city" - 27 May 2008 - Committee of the Regions, Brussels

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  • 1. The Global Digital Solidarity Fund Presentation to the Committee of the Regions of the EU Brussels 27 may 2008 Cissé KANE Projects Manager, DSF
  • 2. The Global Digital Solidarity Fund (DSF)
    • The DSF, one of the major outcomes of the WSIS and WSLA is dedicated to bridge the digital divide throughout the World
    • Launched in 2005
    • New type of Organisation : State Governments, Local Authorities, Private Sector and Civil Society are founding members
    • New financial mechanism : the 1% digital solidarity contribution
  • 3. The Global Digital Solidarity Fund (DSF)
    • Telemedecine and tele-education programs in Africa, Latin America and Asia
    • E-waste management Program in Africa
    • E-collect Program (Re-use of second hand computers for education and training programs)
    • 1000 telemedecine units program in Africa
    • E-education program to be launched very soon
    • Receiving many request for funding from all over the world
  • 4. E-waste management program in Africa
    • Annually more than 50 millions tones of e-waste is generated
    • e-Waste contains both valuable materials, as well as highly toxic substances
    • These substances are being manipulated by people from the informal sector, often in an inappropriate way
  • 5. E-waste management program in Africa
    • ☞ managed inappropriately, electronic and electrical waste can be a threat for public health and the environment
  • 6. Partners of the e-waste program
    • Hewlett Packard Corporation (HP) – World Leading IT Company
    • Empa – Swiss Materials Science & Technology Research Institute
    • Global Digital Solidarity Fund (DSF) – International Financial Organization for The Digital Solidarity
  • 7. Objectives of the programme
    • Assess e-waste management situation in Kenya, Morocco, Senegal and Tunisia
    • • Support replicable pilot project for the processing of e-waste in South Africa
  • 8. Outcomes
    • • Public Health and the Environment : Protect the people of Africa and their environment from the damaging effects of e-waste
    • • Digital Solidarity : through training and capacity building
    • • Safety and jobs creation : Make the e-waste processing sector more viable by creating jobs and seeking to improve working conditions in this sector.
  • 9. Outcomes
    • concrete proposals designed to:
    • Protect the people of Africa and their environment from the damaging effects of e-waste;
    • Make the e-waste processing sector more viable by creating jobs and seeking to improve working conditions in this sector.
  • 10. Agenda
    • - E-waste program has been launched in :
      • Morocco (Oct 2007)
      • Kenya (November 2007)
      • Senegal (January 2008)
      • South Africa (March 2008)
    • A national E-waste Strategic Committee has been set up in each country
    • Presentation of the results : autumn 08
    • - Recommendations for future action: Malaga Summit (Oct 2008); WasteCon (Durban), World Conference on Digital Solidarity Lyon 2008
  • 11. Partnership
    • Need of a global partnership (including cities and regions) to allow access to the information society: it is possible through the DSF
    • Many initiatives on e-waste (assessments) has been identified so far in many countries in Africa
    • Need of a global partnership (including cities and regions) to tackle e-waste management problem in Africa and throughout the world
  • 12. Contacts
    • Tel: + 41 22 979 32 50
    • Fax: + 41 22 979 32 51
    • E-mail: [email_address]
    • Website: www.dsf-fsn.org
  • 13.
    • Thank you.