(Partnership Programme, Agenda Item 7(d), Submitted by Waste-Environment Cooperation Center (WE2C)

The acceleration of ecological disturbances having a global impact requires preventative, coherent forward-looking action and workable solutions. Too often, decades cound bo by between the time scientists ring the alarm and the measures taken by governments and industry to mitigate environmental negative impacts on people, economi and development.

It is ciritical to address environmental problematic issues at an early stage to avoid being confronted with no option but to fight against the adverse effects of ecological desequilibrium, the costs of which is phenomenal. Thinking ahead is fundamengal in a world shaped by an increased globalisation prosecc, and facet with major climatic disturbances and the need to solve an urgent food security problem of global significance.

There is, therefore, a rational for scientists, policy analyst and training institutions to work together in the context of a non-partisan, independent and multicisplinary forum. It will enable them to transfer their collective knowledge and corcenrs to political decicion-makers, executives of entreprises and financial businesses and the public about current and emerging environmental trends or disturbances that may impact on the life or people..


Global environmetal issues are becoming more and more complex and are evolving rapidly; they are interweawing profounly and permanently with social situations and economic processes. This requires new ways of looking at the appropriate response and how to organise such response for the common good.

The establishmeng of a non-partisan, independent and multidicpilinary forum of experts involved in research, of institutions dedicated to policy analysis and regional training institutions working together represents a response to well focussed problematic environmental issues. It represents a useful complement to governmental action and strategies, plans or programs carried out by intergovernmental organizations, scientific panels or conventions.

The required changes in lifestyle, in production and consumption patterns need to be well prepared to avoid generating undesirable effects on human health and the environment. Long-term policy condicive to such shift shoud be elaborated today to bring its benefits in the future. A sound scientific base and an enlarged awareness of the multitude of factors that intervence in environmental disturbances are necessary to guide policy.

There is a need to move from reactive policy to pro-active thinking through a better understanding of the interlinkages between current affairs and emerging trend to avoid loosing time in the design of an appropriate response. To do this, flexible, effective and action-oriented soft networks should be put in place. This would not represent a new construction but making existing talents work together without imposing uncceptable new burden on the partnership institutions.

The shift to . Will have a multitude of effects on the way people live, produc and comsume. Such dramatic evolution should be accompanied by an enhanced capacity for producing and disseminating non-partisan information agout what would the main challenges and benefits be, the bottlenecks, gaps or potential undesirable effects. An information that is built from trans –or multidiciplinary sources. Such approach will integrate the immense body of knowledge and experience accumulated by non-governmental environmental and development organizations.

A multidiciplinary and independent way of operating would provide informed and comprehensive information that could be used by governments, the public, industry and academia. Such information would be balanced enough to fit the needs of both developed and developing countries. It would integrate short –medium-and long-term considerations as well as geographical particularities.

Adaptation and mitigation measures are one part of the solution. It is imperative, in addition, to think ahead and prepare for the ground for tomorrow. For this, dedicated and enthusiastic people working together, outside the intergovernmental process, would be an asset to accompany such process and to be able, through pro-active action, to preempt and prepare the ground for future policies. It would provide a useful additional and complementary element to the advocacy work undertaken by NGOs.

It would represent an opportunity for scientists and researchers to share their concern and knowledge with government officials, parlementarians, industry and business leaders, reprentatives of international organisations and the civil society. Through an early enough scientific exposure to the possible consequences of major global ecological disturbances on people and the environment, Governments, people and economic forces would be in a better position to respond swiftly and adequately to such threats.

It would also stimulate the collection of experience and know-how, broaden awareness and would energize the spirit of enterprise that is need to face up to vital phenomena that may impact on social and economic development negatively of that cound be at the root of undermining food security of representing a threat to human health.


WEC2C has initiated discussions with non-partisan institutions, in the domain of environmental research and development and policy analysis, based in Germany, Japan, the United States and the United Kingdom to constitute the nucleus of an independent and multidiciplinary forum that would contribute to the efforts undertaken so fara by governments, environmentally sound management of electronic wastes.

An important domain would be to accompany the transition from waste to resources in a manner that would enable the concerned public and private actors to progress in that direction while improving the protection of the environment and human health.

In order to share the body of experience and know-how, it si proposed that the forum cooperates with the Basel Convention regional centres as a body of regional institutios that have the capability to develop training activities in such an importand field. The training packages would be based on the work and developed with what support of the forum. This would constitute a model partnership to promote the environmentally sound managemenf of electronic waste at the global level through addressing the specific needs of regions or sub-regions. (sas)