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Young Leaders/YF Alumni @ Council-08

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Dears Friends of the ITU,

Next week, the Union will hold the 2008 session of its Council. On 12th and 13th November, 2 Heads of States, 24 Ministers and over 300 VIPs and delegates will attend the High Level Segment (HLS) of the Council. This year, the HLS will address two societal issues of great interest fro our industry, the role of ICTs in combating Climate Change and Cybersecurity, in particular On-Line Child Protection.
  • Combating Climate Change through ICTs
    • Climate change is a concern for all humanity and requires efforts on the part of everyone, including the information and communication technologies (ICTs) sector. Although ICTs contribute an estimated 2.5 per cent of total greenhouse gases, this share will grow as usage of ICTs expands at a faster rate than the general economy.
    • Although ICTs are part of the cause of global warming, they can also be part of the solution, for instance through the promotion of carbon displacement technologies. For example, to avoid travel, by using telecommunications to work at home and to participate in conferences.
    • ICTs also play a vital role in monitoring changes in the climate, helping to identify new weather patterns and the extent of global warming.
    • The HLS will provide an overview of the role of ICTs in the wider context of the efforts by developed countries to implement the Kyoto Protocol and by all countries to commit to more ambitious reductions as part of the Bali Action Plan and negotiations under the UNFCCC.
  • Cybersecurity
    • The Internet has transformed modern life and continues to grow at an astonishing rate - ITU estimates that, by the start of 2008, there were 1.3 billion Internet users worldwide.
    • The strong growth in Internet access has been accompanied by a proliferation in cyberthreats and the risks of venturing online.
    • It is increasingly difficult to protect end-users, especially more vulnerable users online such as children, from the growing risks associated with online access.
    • No country is safe – cybercriminals strike at will, and anonymously. Such far-reaching challenges posed by these new and greater cyberthreats can only be addressed at the global level.
You will get more information on the sessions on the ITU website, at the following address:
We would like to get your opinion on these issues. Your contributions will be made available to the participants to the HLS and Council 2008.  
Please  also copy and send your contributions by email to    
We look forward to receiving your contributions on these issues.
Best regards,
Children and Youth Special Initiative


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