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During its cultural season, the Environmental Research Center at U.O.T. organized a webinar on zoom entitled "E-waste and its effects on humans and the environment", in the presence of the Director of the Center, Prof. Dr. Abdul Hameed M. Jawad Al-Obaidi, and several academics, researchers and university employees.

The lecture was delivered by Professor Dr. Khalid M. Hussain Al-Qaisi at the University of Sulaymaniyah.

The lecture included a definition of e-waste as one of the forms of environmental pollution. As a result of the scientific progress that modern man has sought, which has achieved some gains for him, his rights have been violated and accompanied by damages that threaten his humanity with annihilation.

He added that industrial and technological progress and the huge expansion in the use of various energy sources led to the spread of entertainment, tools, and products of contemporary industrial civilization and the production of large quantities of electronic devices on an almost daily basis, such as computers, televisions, mobile phones and other devices that work with an electric current or electromagnetic fields that Its lifespan has expired and is discarded as electronic waste that harms the environment and health public.

On the other hand, coinciding with the technical progress, the prices of new electronic products decrease, and then the demand for these new products increases, and the older devices are thrown away.

He explained that old electrical and electronic devices are called electronic waste and are included in hazardous waste because they contain hazardous materials such as lead, barium, mercury, batteries, electrical circuits... etc.

Therefore, it poses a threat to the environment and human health if it is handled, stored, and transported improperly, as all industrialized countries suffer from problems related to dealing with these wastes, as there was a need in the past to carry out costly cleaning operations due to incorrect handling of these dangerous wastes.

Finally, this lecture came to shed light on one of the most important issues that affect human life, health, and the environment, which is electronic waste, which requires us to remind the specialists to take the necessary measures from scientific and technical dealings and to legislate laws to deal with these materials, whether by safe disposal or by recycling them to take advantage of many of their components.


Translated by:  Deputy Chief Translators/ Rana A. Kareem

Modified by: Dr. Mohammed Muayad Taha


The Fifth International Scientific Conference on Environment and Sustainable Development was organized in cooperation with Gaziantep University. The conference was inaugurated on the morning of the first day of June 2021, at Salah El-Din Hall in Palestine Hotel under the generous sponsorship of the President of the University of Technology and with the wide participation of universities, governmental and private colleges, government institutions, and civil society organizations.

139 research papers were presented over two days in twelve scientific sessions and three electronic scientific sessions distributed on the topics of green growth and sustainable development, climate change and environmental pollution, environment and green technology, ecosystem and biodiversity conservation, as well as environmental education and legislation.

The conference proceedings were concluded on the second day of June 2021 at Environment Research Center at University of Technology. I am pleased to extend my sincere thanks and great gratitude to all those who contributed with a sincere effort and distinguished giving from the chairs and members of the conference committees and to all the researchers and participants in the conference.


Prof. Dr. Abdul Hameed M. J. AL-Obaidi

Chairman of the organizing committee




In response to the invitation from the Department of Human Development / Ministry of Planning according to their letter No. 3/6/7622 on 7/4/2021 regarding holding a consultation session specializing in women and the fifth goal of the sustainable development goals in cooperation with the Women Empowerment Department in the General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers and with the support of the United Nations Program-United Development Corporation (UNDP), Dr. Rana Riyadh Khalil was participated in the consultative session on Sunday 11/4/2021 at the Mansour Melia Hotel / Cordoba Hall at 10:00 am about the second voluntary report for the sustainable development goals that Iraq will present this year in the high-level political forum.
The session was devoted to consulting with women's groups of leaders and general managers from various bodies, academics, businesswomen, and activists from civil society organizations. Dr. Rana Riad Khalil had a prominent role in discussions and shedding light on the role of academic women in achieving the 2030 Agenda.
It is noteworthy that the United Nations Organization announced the goals of sustainable development in 2016 and a global agreement was signed to implement them and evaluate results in 2030. Iraq was one of them. Which were as follows:

1- No poverty
2- Zero hunger
3- Good health and well-being
4- Quality education
5- Gender equality
6- Clean water and sanitation
7- Affordable and clean energy
8- Decent work and economic growth
9- Industry, innovation and infrastructure
10- Reduced inequalities
11- Sustainable cities and communities
12- Responsible consumption and production
13- Climate action
14- Life below water
15- Life on land
16- Peace, justice and strong institutions
17- Partnerships for the goals

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