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 Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Eco-design to reduce e-waste and enabling policies highlighted
Geneva, 5 June 2012 – Participants at the 7th ITU Symposium on ICTs, the Environment and Climate Change have issued a Declaration that encourages ICT manufacturers to make their products more easily upgradable without need for replacing the entire device. The call to promote a life cycle approach in the design of ICTs (eco-design) also means better taking into account how components in a device can be recycled. Reducing e-waste and providing incentives and encouragement for e-waste take back schemes were just some of the issues included in the Declaration issued at the end of the event on Friday, 31 May.

The Declaration adopted by the approximately 150 participants at the event also called for enabling policies to encourage investment in smart technologies and ICT based clean technologies (cleantech) as a way of promoting green growth and sustainable development. In addition the support of ITU methodologies to measure the impact of ICT and a recommendation to ramp up research and development on the use of ICTs for monitoring, mitigating and adapting to the effects of climate change are mentioned.

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Tuesday, 12 June 2012 08:10:03 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, 11 June 2012

ITU Workshop on "ICT Innovations for Developing Countries" Tunis, Tunisia, 20 June 2012

Convening Letter (TSB Circular 286)

On-line registration Deadline for registration: 13 June 2012 New

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Monday, 11 June 2012 09:03:17 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

ITU is organizing a roundtable on the effectiveness of RAND-based (reasonable and non-discriminatory) patent policies, 10 October 2012.

The ITU Patent Roundtable is being held in light of the recent worldwide increase in patent litigation, and possible lack of adherence to standards bodies’ existing IPR (Intellectual Property Rights) policies.

The event, which will be run using a World Café methodology, will provide a neutral venue for industry, standards bodies and regulators to exchange ideas that will guide future discussions on whether current patent policies and existing industry practices adequately respond to the needs of the various stakeholders. It will bring together standards bodies, industry players and government representatives from around the world aiming to find solutions to the key issues today affecting the ICT industry’s engagement with patents and standards.
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Monday, 11 June 2012 08:14:03 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, 08 June 2012

ITU Workshop on "Cloud Computing" Tunis, Tunisia, 18-19 June 2012

Convening Letter (TSB Circular 280)

On-line registration Deadline for registration: 13 June 2012

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Friday, 08 June 2012 09:30:18 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
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