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 Monday, 16 April 2012

Geneva, 12 April 2012 – The seventh ITU Symposium on ICTs, the Environment and Climate Change aims to advance the ‘green ICT’ agenda by raising awareness of the power of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to aid in mitigating and adapting to climate change.

Organized by ITU and the government of Canada, and hosted by Prompt, an R&D partnership developer, the symposium will explore the many ways in which advanced technologies can play a role in improving the environmental sustainability of the ICT sector itself, how ICTs can help countries better manage the effects of climate change, and new strategies to help tackle e-waste.

With ICTs now an intrinsic element of every economic sector, the need to integrate ICT-based solutions into the climate change actions of each industry has become essential. The symposium will explore ways of achieving this integration, and will help plot the course of ITU’s future work in the field – whether it be using radiocommunications to monitor and analyze shifting climate patterns, developing new technical standards detailing best-practice application of green ICTs. The event will also form part of ITU’s activities in the lead up to the 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), highlighting the key role played by ICTs as enablers in environmentally-sustainable economic development.

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Monday, 16 April 2012 09:12:17 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, 13 April 2012
European operators will discuss upcoming revisions to the treaty that governs international telecommunications at a joint ITU and ETNO event in Brussels next week.
The meeting will discuss preparation for the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT-12) which will be held in Dubai, 3-14 December.
ITU representatives will describe the mechanisms for input into the WCIT process and some of the emerging themes. An open discussion will follow to allow industry to present its views.
WCIT-12 will review the International Telecommunication Regulations (ITRs), the international treaty which is widely credited for creating the basis of today's connected world, thus the international regulatory framework governing all ICT technologies. The ITRs opened the door in the 1990s for mobile and the Internet.
WCIT-12 will express the common will of ITU's major stakeholders - its government and private sector membership - including many of ETNO's membership. Meetings such as this, as well as ITU's formal Council Working Group and the other regional preparatory meetings are part of an ongoing process to ask for input and feedback from all stakeholders.
Some of the proposals currently being discussed by ITU membership, governments and private sector companies from around the world, include the right to communicate; security in the use of ICTs and the protection of national resources; taxation, roaming; misuse and hijacking of international numbers and interoperability.
Malcolm Johnson, Director, Telecommunication Standardization Bureau, ITU: "a lot has changed since the ITRs were adopted in 1988. I think we can all agree that this conference comes at a time when the technology is having a major impact on economic and social development. WCIT represents an opportunity for all stakeholders to work together to extend the benefits of ICTs to all the worlds citizens".
For more information on the event - Revising the International Telecommunication Regulations (ITRs) - Preparations for WCIT 2012 - and registration details see here.

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Friday, 13 April 2012 10:43:42 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, 12 April 2012

Virtual meeting of the TSAG ad hoc group on working methods,  17 & 18 April 2012

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Thursday, 12 April 2012 10:28:22 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, 29 March 2012

A competition open to all has been launched to design a poster for World Standards Day, 14 October, on the theme, “Less waste, better results – Standards increase efficiency”.

The competition is being held by the World Standards Cooperation (WSC), which comprises the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

The designer(s) of the best poster will win 1 500 Swiss francs, with the three runners-up receiving 500 Swiss francs each.

To compete, designers should send their entries in .jpg or .png format to the following e-mail address: Submissions will be accepted until 30 April.

IEC, ISO and ITU representatives will choose the finalists. The shortlisted entries will be published on the WSC Website. The general public will choose the winning designs.
People can follow the World Standards Day poster competition on Twitter and Facebook.

To help prospective World Standards Day poster artists, the WSC Website includes a number of resources:

•    A text explaining this year’s World Standards Day theme
•    Examples of previous World Standards Day posters, including last year’s winning entry
•    Specifications for the 2012 poster.

Any questions about the competition should be sent to:, Twitter or Facebook.

The World Standards Cooperation was set up in 2001 in order to strengthen and advance the voluntary consensus-based international standards systems of IEC, ISO and ITU. Each year on 14 October, the members of the IEC, ISO and ITU celebrate World Standards Day, which is a means of paying tribute to the collaborative efforts of the thousands of experts worldwide who develop the voluntary technical agreements that are published as international standards.

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Thursday, 29 March 2012 08:13:31 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

ITU’s new Focus Group on the Machine-to-Machine service layer (FG M2M) will meet for the first time at ITU Headquarters in Geneva, 17-18 April 2012. M2M service layer standards will act as important catalysts for the market’s growth, and an earlier newslog announcement of FG M2M’s formation has attracted the interest of an array of M2M-focused organizations, both within and outside ITU’s membership. See FG M2M’s homepage here.

The M2M market is expected to grow rapidly over the coming years and, as part of the more broadly-defined Internet of Things (see ITU’s JCA-IoT), will encompass a wide variety of industry sectors. Some forecasts predict that 50 billion devices will be connected to the Internet by 2020.

Considering the wide range of M2M’s possible applications – enabling services across vertical markets including healthcare, logistics, transport, utilities and countless others – this prediction may hold true; but certainly not without the interoperability enabled by global ICT standards. A common M2M service layer, agreed at the international level by stakeholders in the M2M and relevant vertical markets, will provide a cost-efficient platform able to be easily deployed in hardware and software, in a multi-vendor environment, across industry sectors.

FG M2M will identify a minimum set of requirements common to vertical markets, and thereby create the knowledge-base needed to begin the development of open, international ITU standards. In analyzing the requirements of vertical markets, the group will initially focus on the healthcare market by investigating application programming interfaces (APIs) and protocols supporting e-health applications and services.

The deadline for submission of input documents is 10 April, and the meeting is open to all interested parties from ITU Member States. Registration for both on-site and remote participation is available at

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Thursday, 29 March 2012 08:11:15 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, 28 March 2012
ITU Workshop on “Making Television Accessible - from Idea to Reality” hosted and supported by NHK Tokyo, Japan, 28 May 2012

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Wednesday, 28 March 2012 13:42:44 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

ITU will hold an Information and Training Session on ITU Methodologies for Assessing the Environmental Impact of ICT at ITU headquarters, Geneva, 12 April.

The event will provide a tutorial on the content and application of ITU-T's new L.1400 series of Recommendations which detail standardized methodologies to assess the life-cycle environmental impact of ICTs, both in terms of their own emissions and the emissions-savings created through ICT applications in other industry sectors.

ICTs can play a key role in improving the environmental sustainability of all industry sectors, particularly in those most harmful to the environment; such as energy generation, transportation, building construction and waste disposal.

The new standard methodologies will generate figures upon which businesses can model future revenues, costs and efficiency gains provided by green ICTs; and figures enabling governments and regulators to identify the gains in social and economic welfare that green ICTs can achieve.

The workshop, for which remote participation is available, will cover the first three* Recommendations of the L.1400 series:
Recommendation ITU-T L.1400: Overview and general principles of methodologies for assessing the environmental impact of ICT
Recommendation ITU-T L.1410: Methodology for the environmental impact of ICT goods, networks and services
- Recommendation ITU-T L.1420: Methodology for energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions impact assessment of ICT in organizations

*final two parts of the L.1400 series, ICT in Cities and ICT in Countries or Groups of Countries, are under development by experts working on Question 18 in ITU-T Study Group 5

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Wednesday, 28 March 2012 08:35:40 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     |