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United Nations University - Vice Rectorate in Europe - Sustainable Cycles (UNU-ViE SCYCLE)


The Operating Unit SCYCLE of the Tokyo based United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability(UNU-IAS) succeeding the former UNU-ISP is the latest addition to the UNU in Bonn family. Its main task is to support the objectives of UNU-IAS through enabling societies to reduce the environmental load of the production, use and disposal of ubiquitous goods to sustainable levels. This is done through the development and promotion of independent, comprehensive and practical research as a sound basis for policy and capacity development and decision making.

Hence, SCYCLE stands for Sustainable Cycles, which are the key objectives of its work. Within this context SCYCLE will:

  • Conduct research on eco-structuring towards sustainable societies
  • Develop interdisciplinary and multistakeholder public-private partnerships
  • Undertake education, training and capacity development
  • Facilitate and disseminate practical, sciencebased recommendations to the United Nations and its agencies, governments, scholars, industry and the public

SCYCLE also hosts the Secretariat of the StEP (Solving the E-waste Problem) Initiative. StEP was launched in 2007 and now consists of more than 60 institutional members of all relevant actors groups committed to the development of applicable, holistic, sciencebased recommendations concerning the increasing e-waste problem. Additionally, SCYCLE is also enlarging its worldwide university network for post-graduate training; for example through the expansion of the annual Step E-waste Academy series for scientists and managers.

Moreover, SCYCLE contributes to research and capacity building projects such as e.g. the European Commission "ZeroWIN” project, which uses the concept of industrial symbiosis and networks to achieve the practical realization of sustainable industrial systems. In particular, this would support a paradigm shift where the waste products of one industry/sector become value-added inputs for another. While there are many research centres focusing on production and consumption, SCYCLE is unique by embracing a holistic approach, while its operations converge on the nexus of policy, design, re-use, recycling and capacity building, an approach that provides additional entry-points for essential multistakeholder collaborations.

(Source: Common Information Unit of the UN Organizations in Bonn)

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