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The United Nations University (UNU) is the academic arm of the United Nations. It bridges the academic world and the United Nations 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 teaching, applied research and education on a global scale. UNU was founded in 1973 as an autonomous organ of the United Nations General Assembly. The University comprises headquarters in Tokyo, Japan, and more than a dozen Institutes and Programmes worldwide.


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Press release: Discarded Kitchen, Laundry, Bathroom Equipment Comprises Over Half of World E-waste: UNU Report

Published 2015-04-20

In 2014, people worldwide discarded all but a small fraction of an estimated 41.8 million metric tonnes (Mt) of electrical and electronic products — mostly end-of-life kitchen, laundry and bathroom equipment like microwave ovens, washing machines and dishwashers. |Read more

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PRESS RELEASE: Prospecting critical raw materials from wastes

Published 2015-03-02

First Urban Mine Knowledge Data Platform providing access to data on mineral resources from extraction to end of life products with the ability to reference all spatial and non-spatial data | Read more

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StEP (Solving The E-waste Problem) publishes new brochure

Published 2014-07-23 | Updated 2014-10-24

23 July 2014 - StEP (Solving The E-waste Problem) is an international initiative comprised of manufacturers, recyclers, academics, governments and other organizations committed to solving the world’s waste electrical and electronic - e-waste - problem. By providing a forum for discussion among stakeholders, Step actively shares information, seeks answers and implements solutions. |Read more

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Green Talents competition 2014

Application deadline: 16 June 2014, 12 PM (CET)