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Programme Associate at Sustainable Cycles (UNU-ViE-SCYCLE), United Nations University

Vanessa Forti is a Programme Associate at UNU-ViE-SCYCLE. Vanessa's research is focused on waste quantification and the evaluation of its impacts, and she is the author of various publications that focus on quantifying e-waste amounts and environmental impacts, such as the 2017 edition of the Global E-waste Monitor 2017 (Baldé et al. 2017) and the globally recognised E-waste Statistics Guidelines on classification, reporting and indicators (Forti et al. 2018).

The Global E-waste Monitor 2017 won the European Advanced SDG award from the Diplomatic Academy in Vienna. She is responsible for the regular update of methodologies, programming, data collection, surveying, modelling, and reporting on waste statistics (e-waste, mercury, and battery waste), and she attained the role of Data Manager within the SCYCLE team. In addition, she has co-developed EEE Placed on Market and WEEE Generated tools and manuals that are used globally.

She is also a member of the Global E-waste Statistics Partnership, which works to help countries produce e-waste statistics and to build a global e-waste database for tracking developments over time. She is in charge of organizing, developing, and conducting capacity-building workshops on
e-waste statistics and building institutional capacity on e-waste in developing countries.

Vanessa holds a Master's degree in Environmental Engineering from Università degli Studi di Bologna, where she graduated cum laude


  • 2017–present
    Programme Associate, UNU-Vie-SCYCLE


  • 2020
    The Global E-waste Monitor 2020, Forti V., Baldé C.P., Kuehr R., Bel G. The Global E-waste Monitor 2020: Quantities, flows and the circular economy potential. United Nations University (UNU)/United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) – co-hosted SCYCLE Programme, International Telecommunication Union (ITU) & International Solid Waste Association (ISWA), Bonn/Geneva/Rotterdam.
  • 2018
    E-waste Statistics Guidelines, Forti, V., Baldé, K. and Kuehr, R., E-waste Statistics: Guidelines on Classifications, Reporting and Indicators, second edition, United Nations University, Bonn, 2018.
  • 2018
    Waste mercury perspective, 2010-2035: from global to regiona, Baldé, C.P., D’Angelo E., Forti V., Kuehr R., Van den Brink S.,: Waste mercury perspective, 2010-2035: from global to regional – 2018, United Nations University (UNU), United Nations Industrial Development Organization, Bonn/Vienna.
  • 2017
    The Global E-waste Monitor 2017, Baldé, C.P., Forti, V., Gray, V., Kuehr, R., Stegmann, P. The Global E-waste Monitor – 2017, United Nations University (UNU), International Telecommunication Union (ITU) & International Solid Waste Association (ISWA), Bonn/Geneva/Vienna, 2017.