Today, the GoodElectronics Network is presenting the second edition of its Sub-Granting Scheme. With funding by the European Commission, GoodElectronics is currently executing a five-year programme which will run until the end of 2018. Besides a series of scheduled activities, the programme’s budget provides for a considerable sub-granting scheme for the benefit of GoodElectronics members.
GoodElectronics Network member Closing the Loop announced two days ago that 360.000 euro was invested in the Dutch company. This was made possible by an endorsement from PYMWYMIC, a community of sustainable investors. Closing the Loop encourages the recycling of mobile phones in Asia and Afrika. At the moment it's active in seven countries and has made the recycling of over 300.000 mobile phones possible.
On the 25th of July a conference was held in Shanghai on the activities of foreign NGOs in China and upcoming legislation. The conference was attended by Guo Shengkun, head of the Ministry of Public Security (MPS), representatives of several NGOs and consul generals of the United States, United Kingdom and Germany. Shengkun gave a speech, praising the work of NGOs in China. The consul generals stated their concerns on the draft of the law on foreign NGOs, currently in development, which could severely restrict NGOs in their activities.
At the side of the road are dozens of piles of a glittery, flaky mineral. The source of these stacks lies a little further inside the forest: small groups of miners are busy working in what look like giant rat-holes, pounding at cave walls with rudimentary tools and sorting the debris with their bare hands. At the end of today, the few pounds they've earned will just be enough to provide for their families, but the material they have mined will end up in products found in every western home.
On the 5th of August a roundtable was organised by newspaper The Daily Star, in association with the Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies (BCAS) and the International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD). It concerned e-waste in Bangladesh, of which the amount is not clear at the moment. It was attended by Anwar Hossain Monju, the minister of environment and forests, United Nations Development Programme climate change specialist A.K.M. Mamunur Rashid, and other experts on the subject.