Event Description: The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon described climate change as the “moral challenge of our generation”. The International Telecommunication Union (ITU), as a member of the UN system, and as a co-facilitator/moderator for WSIS Action Line C7: e-Environment, wishes to respond to this challenge and demonstrate how information and communication technologies (ICTs) can assist in monitoring, mitigating and adapting to climate change. In this regard, a WSIS facilitation meeting will be held on 21 May 2008 at ITU premises in Room C2 from 9:30-12:30.
Purpose of the meeting: to provide an opportunity for stakeholders to review progress achieved to date in relation to WSIS Action Line C7: e-Environment and outline priorities for future action and collaboration in this regard.
The three areas covered by this Action Line are:
(a) using and promoting ICTs as an instrument for environmental protection and the sustainable use of natural resources;
(b) actions, projects and programmes for sustainable production, consumption and environmentally safe disposal and recycling of discarded hardware and components used in ICTs;
(c) establishing monitoring systems, using ICTs, to forecast and monitor the impact of natural and man-made disasters, particularly in developing countries, least developed countries and small economies.
Participants: Country representatives; Action Line co-facilitator/moderator organizations; other stakeholder organizations from public & private sectors and civil society.
Contact: Please contact cybmail (at) itu.int with any general queries you may have related to this meeting. For background information on ITU activities related to climate change, please see the ITU and Climate Change website and see our draft report “ICTs for e-Environment”.
WSIS cluster of events 2008: The meeting was be held in conjunction with a cluster of WSIS-related events (13-23 May 2008) surrounding the World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (17 May). More information on these events is available here.