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Partnership on Computing Equipment (PACE)

In accordance with the Nairobi Declaration and decisions VIII/2 and VIII/5 adopted at the eighth meeting of the Conference of the Parties of the Basel Convention as well as decision VI/22 of the sixth session of the Open-ended Working, the ninth meeting of the Conference of the Parties with decision IX/9 agreed with the mission, scope, working principles and activities of the Partnership for Action on Computing Equipment (PACE). The Secretariat of the Basel Convention facilitates and provides expertise to the Partnership. You may wish to consult the Terms of Reference of Partners of the Partnership approved on March 4, 2009

Overview of PACE

The Partnership for Action on Computing Equipment (PACE) was launched at the ninth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention, which took place in Bali, Indonesia from 23 to 27 June 2008. PACE is a multi-stakeholder partnership that will provide a forum for governments, industry leaders, non-governmental organizations and academia to tackle the environmentally sound management, refurbishment, recycling and disposal of used and end-of-life computing equipment.

The Partnership is intended to increase the environmentally sound management of used and end-of-life computing equipment, taking into account social responsibility and the concept of sustainable development, and promoting the sharing of information on life cycle thinking.

PACE Working Group

The Working Group on the Partnership (see Term of References), established by the Conference of the Parties in its decision IX/9, is the operating mechanism for the Partnership and organizational matters, and serves as a forum for information sharing.

Membership of the working group is open to Parties or signatories to the Basel Convention, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, all stakeholders, including manufacturers, recyclers, refurbishers and academia, and, Basel Convention Regional and Coordinating Centres for Capacity Building and Technology Transfer (BCRCs) which have specific expertise and experience required for the activities of this group. The Working Group elaborated its work plan, terms of reference, financial arrangements and established four project groups to launch projects to implement four agreed activities.

The "Relevant Documents" page contains the report of the meetings as well as other documents on PACE.

The PACE Working Group continues to seek a balanced and diverse partnership and welcomes new members with special expertise, especially original equipment manufacturers, refurbishers, recyclers, as well as academia, environmental groups, international organizations and governments

PACE Project Groups

The Partnership for Action on Computing Equipment (PACE) has created four Project Groups at the PACE Working Group’s physical meeting in Geneva in May 2009. The main task of these Project Groups is to develop products, as per the COP 9 decision on PACE. The following Project Groups with respective Terms of References have been established:

  • Ad Interim Project Group on Environmentally Sound Management (ESM) Criteria. See Term of References
  • Project Group 1.1 on Environmentally Sound Refurbishment/Repair of Used Computing Equipment. See Term of References
  • Project Group 2.1 on Environmentally Sound Material Recovery/ Recycling of End-of-Life Computing Equipment. See Term of References
  • Project Group 3.1 on Pilot Projects on Collection of e-waste from Informal Sectors. See Term of References
  • Project Group 4.1 on Awareness Raising and Training. See Term of Reference

The work of all Project Groups has started and they initiated a number of tasks to develop their products. Meeting documents and products will be posted on the PACE documents website when approved.


The Partnership for Action on Computing Equipment (PACE) - is a multi - stakeholder partnership between industry, government, academia and civil society to address the environmentally sound management of used and end-of-life personal computers. For more information please click on the leaflet icon. The text of the leaflet is also available in Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, and Spanish language

Login PACE members

Information for members of the Partnership for Action on Computing Equipment (PACE). LOGIN

List of Participants of PACE

List of Participants on the Working Group for the Partnership for Action on Computing Equipment (PACE)

Current Status

The Partnership for Action on Computing Equipment (PACE) finalized and approved the overall Guidance Document on Environmentally Sound Management of Used and End-of-Life Computing Equipment. The seventh meeting of the Open-ended Working Group by its decision VII/3 requested the Secretariat to publish the overall Guidance Document for comments by Parties, Signatories and stakeholders. Parties, Signatories and stakeholders are invited to submit any comments on this overall Guidance Document to the Secretariat by 31 May, 2011 (E-mail: Matthias Kern or fax: +41 22 797 3454). For ease of reference the overall Guidance Document is attached in the "Relevant Document" section in PDF and WORD formats.

The Partnership further finalized and approved the following documents which are being published on this website for your information:

Please note that the two technical guidelines (Environmentally Sound Testing, Refurbishment and Repair of Used Computing Equipment; and Environmentally Sound Material Recovery and Recycling of End-of-Life Computing Equipment) will be evaluated in a facility type of the environment and subsequently revised taking into consideration results of these evaluations. For ease of reference all these documents are attached in the "Relevant Document" section.

Financial Contributions
Mapping International activities on used and end-of-life computing equipment

To assist in mapping out current international and regional activities on used and end-of-life computing equipment, it is requested that information is sent to secretariat with “Computing equipment partnership” listed in the subject line.

Relevant documents

Documents on the Computing Equipment Partnership - Decisions of the Governing Bodies of the Basel Convention, reports of the meetings of the Partnership for Action on Computing Equiipment (PACE) and other documents.

Relevant websites
  1. Chile Todoenter (
  2. Chilena Sur Corporaciones de Estudios Sociales y Educación (
  3. OECD Extended Producer Responsibility ( OECD EPR )
  4. OECD Improving recycling markets
  5. StEP – an initiative of various UN organizations with the overall aim to solve the e-waste problem.
  6. Global e-Sustainability Initiative - GeSI
  7. UNESCO Computer equipment recycling guidelines for Africa (
  8. UNIDO website (
  9. UNEP DTIE website (
Archived items

The archive contains some of the most relevant information and documents that previously appeared on this page

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