ITU Symposium on ICTs and Climate Change
Climate change is a leading global concern and ITU has joined in the efforts of the United Nations to “Deliver as One” in addressing climate change. As
stated by UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon “ITU is one of the most important stakeholders in terms of climate change”.
In 2007 at the UN Climate Change Conference in Bali, Indonesia and at the 2008 Conference in Poznan, Poland, ITU highlighted the role of ICTs as an important
enabling tool to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions across all sectors.
Resolution 73 of The World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly (WTSA-08, Johannesburg) recognizes the crucial role of ICTs in addressing climate change and resolves to continue and further develop the ITU-T work programme in this area as a high priority and in close collaboration with the other two ITU Sectors. In addition, Resolution 73 instructs the Director of the Telecommunication Standardization Bureau to organize related events in developing countries, to raise awareness and identify their needs in this domain, as they are the most vulnerable countries affected by climate change.
Third Symposium on ICTs and Climate Change held in Quito, Ecuador on 8-10 July 2009, hosted by
Centro Internacional de Investigación Científica en Telecomunicaciones, Tecnologías de la Información y las Comunicaciones (CITIC) Ecuador.
This was the first ITU Symposium on Climate Change to take place in a developing country
and the first in the Americas. The Symposium aimed to highlight key issues with respect to
climate change that are most relevant to developing countries as well as to the Americas,
including deforestation, access to ICTs and financing of strategies to adapt to and mitigate
climate change. The updated ITU background paper,
prepared specially for the Symposium, addressed
these and other issues. You may find the Report of the Chairman and the
on this page.
Speaker presentations can be found on the programme.
The Quito Symposium endorsed a set of Conclusions on ICTs and Climate change in the Americas (En | Es).
The Symposium was attended by approximately 300 participants, plus further remote participation, drawn from some 20 Member States,
a wide range of organizations including
governments, the private sector, research institutes and international organizations.
In 2008, successful symposia on ICTs and Climate Change were held in Kyoto and London.
ITU-T Activities on ICT and Climate Change
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ITU and Climate Change
The ITU Radiocommunication Sector (ITU-R) manages the detailed coordination
and recording procedures for space systems and earth stations, which are used
for climate data collection and environmental monitoring. [more…]
Standardization Sector (ITU-T) develops
standards that are used, for instance,
in promoting energy efficiency, safe
disposal and recycling of
telecommunication/ICT equipment, and
next-generation networks. [more…]
ITU's Telecommunication Development Sector
works on promoting a role for ICTs in the
protection of the environment in its e-Environment
and e-Sustainability programmes.
The General Secretariat coordinates
our efforts and for example has been
actively participating in the work of
the UN Chief Executives Board and its
subsidiary bodies on developing a
unified and collaborative UN strategy to
combat climate change, including a
matrix on activities of each agency and
Success Stories highlight some of
the ongoing and successful ICT development
projects in the field of e-Environment taking
place around the world.
Final Programme and presentations
List of Participants
The background report has been revised and prepared by the ITU secretariat for the Symposium on ICT and Climate Change in Quito, Ecuador. New sections highlight the key issues in the region, including deforestation and financing. In addition, the Annex to this report provides an inventory of work underway in ITU on climate change.
- Chairman's Report [ En | Es ] New!
- DM-09/1021 [ En | Es ]
- Conclusions of the Symposium [ En | Es ]
- Meeting Summary
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- Español: [ | ]
- ITU Background Report
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Resources on ICTs and Climate Change
Our reference site
provides links to external resources:
background papers, additional information,
statistics, and examples, that cover the
positive and negative impact that ICTs have
on the climate.
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