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 Wednesday, September 01, 2010
The next Meeting of the Dynamic Coalition on Internet and Climate Change (DCICC) will be held on 16 September from 16.30 to 18.30 hours, in Vilnius, Lithuania during the Internet Governance Forum (IGF).  

ITU launched the Dynamic Coalition on Internet and Climate Change (DCICC) in 2007 as an open body committed to moderating the environmental impact of the Internet, to seeking new ways to embrace the power of the Internet for reducing greenhouse gas emissions worldwide, and to enabling transformation in line with the objectives set and to be set under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Additional information on DCICC can be found at:
http://www.itu.int/themes/climate/dc/index.html
And the IGF:
http://www.igf2010.lt/index.php/en/welcome/index

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Wednesday, September 01, 2010 3:27:58 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
ITU is organizing its Fifth Symposium on ICTs, The Environment and Climate Change, in cooperation with and under the auspices of Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) and Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs (MSEA), Egypt.

The Symposium will be held 2-3 November 2010 at the Smart Village Convention Center in Cairo, Egypt. It will bring together leading specialists in the field, from top policy-makers to engineers, designers, planners, government officials, regulators, standards experts and others.

Participants will focus on the issue of ICTs, the environment and climate change in Africa and the needs of developing countries.

The main purpose is to raise awareness of the importance and opportunities for using ICTs to monitor climate change, to mitigate and adapt to its effects and, in this light, to identify future requirements for ITUís related work.

Topics to be discussed will include adaptation to climate change, e-waste, cost-effective ICT technologies, methodology of environmental impact assessment of ICT and financing of climate change solutions.

An output of the Symposium is expected to be the ďCairo Road MapĒ, a set of recommendations for action in relation to ICTs, the Environment and Climate Change.

This event is particularly timely, as it will take place less than a month before the opening of the 16th UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COP 16), which will take place in November 2010 in Cancun, Mexico and will aim at producing a new global agreement on climate change.

Additional information can be found at: http://www.itu.int/ITU-T/worksem/climatechange/201011/index.html

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Wednesday, September 01, 2010 3:25:20 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
A new ITU-T Technology Watch Report provides an overview of technology-caused driver distraction and surveys standards, guidelines and initiatives aiming at making the use of in-vehicle information and communication systems less distracting.

Texting, making calls, and other interaction with in-vehicle information and communication systems while driving is a serious source of driver distraction and increases the risk of traffic accidents. Technology-caused driver distraction is a global problem and has its stake in the more than 1.2 million people dying in road crashes each year. These numbers are more than reason enough for the United Nations Road Safety Collaboration to launch a Decade of Action for Road Safety (2011-2020) to halt or reverse the increasing trend in road traffic deaths and injuries around the world.

In April 2010, ITU Council adopted a Resolution on ďITUís role in ICTs and improving Road Safety,Ē instructing the Director of ITUís Telecommunication Standardization Bureau (TSB) to bring this matter to the attention of the relevant groups in ITU-T, such as Study Group 12 and the Focus Group on Car Communication. The annual Fully Networked Car workshop, jointly organized by ISO, IEC and ITU at the Geneva International Motor Show, will also contribute to raising awareness on this important issue.

Dialing a hand-held device increases a driverís chance of being involved in a vehicle crash by three times and talking while driving increases the crash risk by 1.3 times. When composing or reading text messages (SMS) drivers spend up to 400 per cent more time with their eyes off the road than they do when not texting. Mobile broadband enables drivers and passengers to benefit from innovative applications and location-based services, but used at the wheel, smartphones contribute to inattention.

By implementing standardized human-machine interfaces in their devices and applications, manufacturers can make their use less distracting. Advanced speech recognition and text-to-speech features, and ensured Quality of Service of in-vehicle hands-free systems may minimize driver distraction. Future safety technologies may temporarily or permanently disable certain features of information and communication technologies used by the driver, based on constantly updated status information provided by sensors inside and outside the vehicle.

These and other approaches to reduce technology-based driver distraction and to increase road safety are discussed in a number of standardization bodies, including ITU-T and ISO. The Technology Watch Report highlights their work and points out options for ITUís role in ICT and road safety.

A dedicated website provides additional sources of information and an overview of ITU-T Study Groups with work items related to driver distraction.
Download Report                   Go to Driver Distraction Website

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Wednesday, September 01, 2010 8:23:18 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, August 31, 2010

SG 12 WP2/12, Berlin, Germany, 17 September 2010

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See TSB Collective Letter  4  for more information

SG 12 WP2/12

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Tuesday, August 31, 2010 9:15:25 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Meeting of SG 13, Geneva, 16 September 2010

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See TSB Circular Letter 111 for more information

SG13

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Tuesday, August 31, 2010 8:51:06 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, August 30, 2010
SG 11 WPs 2,3,4/11
Geneva, Switzerland, 10 September 2010

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See TSB Collective letter 6/11 for more information

SG 11 WPs 2,3,4/11

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Monday, August 30, 2010 3:50:15 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, August 17, 2010
NGN GSI event: Co-located Rapporteur group Meetings,
Geneva, Switzerland, 6-16 September 2010

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See ITU-T TSB Circular 115 for more information

Next Generation Networks Global Standards Initiative

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Tuesday, August 17, 2010 10:18:03 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Sixth Meeting of the Focus Group on Future Networks,
6-9 September 2010, Geneva, Switzerland

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See ITU-T TSB Circular 128 for more information

ITU-T Focus Group on Future Networks

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Tuesday, August 17, 2010 10:01:40 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Second meeting of the FG Cloud,
Geneva, Switzerland, 2-6 September 2010

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See ITU-T TSB Invitation for more information

ITU-T Focus Group on Cloud Computing (FG Cloud)

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Tuesday, August 17, 2010 9:32:23 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
2nd meeting of the ITU IPv6 Group,
Geneva, Switzerland, 1-2 September 2010

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See ITU-T TSB Circular 119 for more information

ITU IPv6 Group

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6 Group

Tuesday, August 17, 2010 9:21:23 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, August 16, 2010
3rd Meeting of the Focus Group CarCOM,
Detroit, USA, 26-27 August 2010

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See ITU-T TSB Invitation for more information

ITU-T Focus Group CarCOM

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Monday, August 16, 2010 3:00:23 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
A copy of the guidance note for the United Nations country teams to include the rights of persons with disabilities in their programming at country level has been recently published by the United Nations Development Group /Inter-Agency Support Group for the Convention for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

The guidance note is a crucial tool for the UN Country teams and can play a significant role in supporting States to implement the UN Convention. This will be carried out through the design and implementation of the UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) and through the work of individual agencies in their areas of mandate, ITU being one of the agencies actively working in this area.

Copy of the guidance note is available in the section Resources on accessibility in the ITU-T accessibility portal at:
http://www.itu.int/en/ITU-T/accessibility/Pages/default.aspx

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Monday, August 16, 2010 1:15:30 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     |