位於華盛頓州西雅圖「巴塞爾行動網」（Basel Action Network，BAN）的帕科特備受鼓舞地說：「終於，大會瞭解了NGOs長久以來關注電子廢棄物的嚴重性，發願為電子產品綠色設計展開行動，並結束全球性電子廢棄物的非法交易行為。」
Representatives of 120 governments pledged Friday to fight the rising tide of electronic waste, or e-waste, with projects to take back obsolete electronics and with "urgent action" to fight illegal e-waste traffickers. Each year, up to 50 million metric tons of e-waste are generated worldwide.
Declaring that urgent action is needed to take charge of e-waste, delegates at the eighth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention on the Transboundary Movement of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal decided to back a life-cycle approach and promote clean technology and green design for electronic and electrical products.
The Convention has an obligation to minimize the generation of hazardous waste, including electronic waste, which contains lead, cadmium, and mercury and are housed in plastic casings that emit carcinogenic dioxins and polyaromatic hydrocarbons when burned.
"Governments need to develop effective regulatory regimes that empower the market to respond positively to the challenge of e-wastes," said Achim Steiner, executive director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), under whose auspices the Basel Convention was adopted.
"By partnering with the private sector and with civil society, they can promote collection chains that channel obsolete goods back to their original manufacturers for recovery and recycling," Steiner said.
Jim Puckett of the Basel Action Network, based in Seattle, Washington, was encouraged by the outcome. "Finally, the Convention fully recognized what NGOs had been saying for a long time about the seriousness of the e-waste crisis and vowed to take actions for green design of electronics and for closing off global e-waste trafficking," he said.
After a one day forum on e-waste held Thursday, ministers, corporate officers, and nongovernmental organizations, NGOs, explored solutions for advancing the collection, separation, re-use, refurbishment and recycling of obsolete electronic products. Finally, the conference approved the Nairobi Declaration, which states the importance of minimizing the generation of e-waste and reducing transboundary movements of these wastes.