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 Wednesday, 17 April 2013

“Smart Sustainable Cities” is the theme of the 8th ITU Symposium on ICTs, the Environment and Climate Change to be held in Turin, Italy, 6-7 May 2013. The free of charge event is open to all and will bring together a global selection of specialists in the field – from top policy makers to thought leaders in business, engineering, standardization and research – to critique recent efforts in the development of smart cities and to determine the best path forward in the task of leveraging ICTs to enhance cities’ environmental sustainability.

The 2013 Symposium is organized by ITU in partnership with the Italian Ministry of Economic Development and will be hosted by Telecom Italia at its innovation laboratories in Turin. The event builds on the success of previous Symposia held from 2008 to 2012 in Kyoto, London, Quito, Seoul, Cairo, Accra and Montreal.

The upcoming Turin Symposium will address challenges and opportunities associated with the transition to a greener, more resource-efficient global economy through mitigation and adaptation to climate change; tackling e-waste; disaster preparedness; methodologies to assess the environmental impacts of ICTs; and cost-effective ICTs to empower smart cities and societies. Items on the Symposium’s agenda include:

  • Energy efficiency, clean power and the smart grid as engines for urban sustainable growth
  • Assessing environmental impacts in cities 
  • Integrated ICT solutions for smart sustainable cities and empowered citizens
  • Tackling e-waste and solid waste issues in cities
  • ICTs to monitor the climateClimate change adaptation and emergency telecommunications in urban areas
  • Smart sustainable cities

The Symposium will be held in conjunction with the first meeting of the ITU-T Focus Group on Smart Sustainable Cities, 8 May 2013, and a Workshop on Human Exposure to Electromagnetic Fields, 9 May 2013.

Find more information on the Symposium including details of how to register here.

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Wednesday, 17 April 2013 15:54:00 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, 10 April 2013

The 2013 World Standards Day poster competition will award a cash prize of 1,500 Swiss francs to the creator of the poster that best illustrates the theme: "International standards ensure positive change".

The winning poster will provide the visual identity to World Standards Day, 14 October 2013, an international day of observance recognized worldwide since 1970. In addition to the first prize of 1,500 Swiss francs, the poster competition’s three runners-up will each receive a cash prize of 500 Swiss francs.

Coordinated by IEC, ISO and ITU, World Standards Day celebrates the collaborative efforts of the thousands of public and private-sector experts that volunteer their time and expertise in the development of international technical standards.

International standards represent the consensus view of the world’s leading experts in industry sectors ranging from energy utilities and energy efficiency to transportation, management systems, climate change, healthcare, safety, and information and communication technology (ICT). Contributing their knowledge in service of the public interest, experts in these and many other subjects come together to create standards that share innovation with all the world’s countries and so provide business, government and society with a solid platform for positive change.

The deadline for submissions to the poster competition is 10 June 2013. Designers are welcome to submit more than one entry to the competition.

The competition’s Facebook page will provide interactive guidance to potential entrants throughout the course the competition. The winning poster will be decided by a public vote wherein all interested parties will vote for their favourite poster.

The competition’s Twitter account will announce key dates and point followers to relevant supporting information.

See the themes and winning posters of previous World Standards Days here and more on this year's competition here.

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Wednesday, 10 April 2013 08:30:52 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The 2013 World Standards Cooperation (WSC) Academic Day  will be held in Sophia Antipolis, France, 14 June 2013. This year's theme is: Education in standardization for future managers – Needs and prospects.

The World Standards Cooperation (WSC) was established in 2001 by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in order to strengthen and advance the voluntary consensus-based international standards systems of IEC, ISO and ITU.

WSC Academic Day promotes dialogue between universities and the international standards community, raising awareness and fostering cooperation and joint initiatives. The event will trigger the launch of new initiatives including exchanges of material, new courses on standardization, contributions of industry experts to university courses, and new or strengthened partnerships between standards bodies and academia.

At the same venue and during the two days before the WSC event, the 8th conference of the International Cooperation on Education about Standardization (ICES) will take place. 12 April is the deadline for the submission of academic papers to be considered at the event.

The Call for Presentations welcomes theoretical or empirical papers as well as case studies on education about standardization, in particular those that address the theme of 2013’s conference: Industry needs standards. What does industry expect from standards education?

The 8th ICES conference is hosted by the European Telecommunication Standardization Institute (ETSI) and supported by the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) and the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC).

Industry needs for standardization education is the core theme of 2013’s conference, addressing what more standards bodies and academia can do to aid industry’s engagement in the standardization process and thereby strengthen standards’ marketplace implementations.

For more information, visit the ICES and WSC Academic Day homepage here

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Wednesday, 10 April 2013 08:25:56 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, 08 April 2013

A Mac version of the Sync Application is now available.  The Sync app is configured to be used for the ITU-T SG17 meeting (17-26 April 2013) and can be downloaded from here:
We invite you to try the new Sync Application for Mac (Beta Version) and provide your feedback to

Monday, 08 April 2013 13:42:12 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, 05 April 2013

“It is with the deepest regret that I announce the death of my colleague and close friend, Dr. Cynthia Waddell, a lifelong advocate for the rights of persons with disabilities and a world-renowned expert in disability rights law, public policy and electronic and information technology.

The improving accessibility of technologies, the built environment and the job market owes an incredible amount to Cynthia’s achievements over a lifetime dedicated to enhancing social inclusion for the roughly 650 million people across the world living with some form of disability.

Cynthia was held in the highest esteem by all those fortunate enough to have worked with her. She will be sorely missed by her colleagues, friends and the millions of people around the globe to have benefited from her tireless advocacy and activism.”*

*This is an extract from a blog piece in tribute to Cynthia Waddell. Entitled “Accessibility Loses a Great Champion”, the article is authored by Andrea Saks, Convener of ITU’s Joint Coordination Activity on Accessibility and Human Factors (JCA-AHF) and Coordinator of the Internet Governance Forum’s Dynamic Coalition on Accessibility and Disability (DCAD).

Read the full blog piece here

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Friday, 05 April 2013 16:00:31 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, 03 April 2013

Geneva, 3 April 2013 – Representatives of Central American governments, private companies, universities and non-governmental organizations have agreed on a 20-point Agenda aiming to promote advances in the handling of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE or ”e-waste”) in the region. Key will be the application and identification of business models that leverage recycling opportunities and create new employment.

The new Agenda was agreed by the 86 participants in the ITU/UNEP Workshop for Capacity Building on Environmentally Responsible Management of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE), organized in San Salvador, March 19-21 with the support of ITU Sector Member Telefónica.

The Agenda emphasizes increased collaboration between all parties, as well as the development of online learning programmes and workshops aimed at policy-makers. It calls on ITU and UNEP/PACE to assist Central America and the Caribbean in the development of regulations, legislation and international standards to mitigate e-waste’s potentially damaging effects on the environment and the health of local populations.

Full press release

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Wednesday, 03 April 2013 13:52:30 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     |