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 ITU Symposium on ICTs and the Environment & Climate Change
 Accra, Ghana, 7-8 July 2011 Contact: greenstandard@itu.int

Programme

Accra Call to Action on ICTs, the Environment and Climate Change

Thursday, 7 July 2011 
08:30 - 09:30 Registration
09:30 - 10:30

Opening Ceremony

Chairman: Mr. Paarock Vanpercy, Director General of the National Communications Authority (NCA), Ghana [ SPEECH ]

Welcome:

  • Mr. Malcolm Johnson, Director, Telecommunication Standardization Bureau, ITU
    [ BIOGRAPHY | SPEECH ]
  • H.E. Ms. Sherry Ayittey, Minister of Environment, Science & Technology, Ghana and Co-Chairman of the Symposium
    [ BIOGRAPHY | SPEECH ]
  • H.E. Mr. Haruna Iddrisu, Minister of Communications, Ghana and Co-Chairman of the Symposium
    [ SPEECH ]
  • H.E. Mr. John Dramani Mahama, Vice-President of the Republic of Ghana
    [ BIOGRAPHY | SPEECH ]
  • Mr. Adoulkarim Soumaila, Secretary General of African Telecommunications Union (ATU)
10:30 - 11:00 Coffee break
11:00 - 12:30 High-Level Segment: From Cancun via Accra to Durban – A Roadmap on ICTs, Climate Change and the Environment

The world community adopted at COP-16 the Cancun Agreements, a package of decisions that set all governments more firmly on the path towards a low-emissions future and support enhanced action on climate change in the developing world.

This High-Level Segment will aim to set transparent policy objectives and targets to measure and improve government green ICT strategies, including ICT-enabled applications across the economy.

This High-Level Segment will provide panelists with an opportunity to exchange views on how ICTs can help in the implementation of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and in preparation for the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD).

Moderator: Mr. Ahmed Zeddam, Chairman of the ITU-T Study Group 5 "Environment and Climate Change" [ BIOGRAPHY ]

Speakers:
  • H.E. Mr. Haruna Iddrisu, Minister of Communications, Ghana and Co-Chairman of the Symposium
  • Mr. Malcolm Johnson Director, Telecommunication Standardization Bureau, ITU
    [ BIOGRAPHY | SPEECH]
  • H.E. Mr. Ruhakana Rugunda, Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Uganda
  • H.E. Mr. Nelson Chamisa, Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Zimbabwe
  • H.E. Prof. Margaret Kamar, Assistant Minister of Environment and Mineral Resources, Kenya
    [ SPEECH ]
  • Mr. Kyle Whitehill, CEO, Vodafone Ghana
    [ BIOGRAPHY ]
  • Mr. Lawrence Atiase, Secretary General of the African Broadcasting Union
    [ BIOGRAPHY ]
12:30 - 14:00 Lunch Break
14:00 - 15:30 Session 1: Adaptation and Climate Change Impact

Changing global climatic conditions, due to both physical and anthropogenic factors, have an impact on ecosystems in general and on the human habitat in particular, for instance influencing access to natural resources such as drinking water and food, affecting health and migration processes, and causing severe atmospheric and oceanic disturbances. Citizens around the world are becoming more aware of the potential impact of climate change on their own lives. But effects and resilience skills vary from country to country. In particular, the most vulnerable countries in the developing world often do not have the technological, human, financial and governance resources needed to adapt to climate change.

This session will look at how ICTs can help in adapting to the new environmental challenges, especially in developing countries. It will also look at national climate change adaptation, early warning systems, prevention, disaster risk reduction issues, and technological issues such as the use of remote sensing.

Moderator: Mr. William Agyemang-Bonsu, Manager, Technical Support for Developing Countries (TSDC) Subprogramme, UNFCCC

Speakers:
  • Mr. Daniel Amlalo, Acting Executive Director Environmental Protection Agency, Ghana
    [ BIOGRAPHY | PRESENTATION ]
  • Mr. Cosmas Zavazava, Chief, Projects and Initiatives Department, ITU
    [ BIOGRAPHY ]
  • Ms. Nevine Tewfik, Deputy Director of International Relations, Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, Egypt
    [ BIOGRAPHY | PRESENTATION ]
  • Ms. Elizabeth Nzagi, Director, Legal Affairs of the Regulatory Authority, Tanzania
    [ PRESENTATION ]
15:30 - 16:00 Coffee break
16:00 - 17:30 Session 2: ICTs As a Green Technology for Sustainable Development

In today’s world, economy and environment are to be considered as a single imperative in order to achieve a durable economic growth. More than any other industrial sector, the ICT industry intersects both economy and environment interests. In the urgent fight of our time against climate change, the ICT sector brings a valuable contribution to the transition towards a low-carbon economy, enabling energy saving.

This session will look at how ICT industry is reducing its own carbon footprint and will explore the ICT industry’s potential role as enabler for the reduction of greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions and the savings created through ICT applications in other industry sectors.

Moderator: Mr. Flavio Cucchietti, Chairman of the Energy Efficiency of the Global e-Sustainability Initiative [ BIOGRAPHY ]

Speakers:
  • Mr. Sung-Chul Kang, Senior Government Official, Korea
    [ BIOGRAPHY | PRESENTATION ]
  • Mr. Koichi Fujinuma, Deputy Director, Information and Communications Bureau, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC), Japan
    [ BIOGRAPHY | PRESENTATION ]
  • Mr. James Kasigwa, Ag. Commissioner Broadcasting Infrastructure, Ministry of Information and Communication Technology, Uganda
    [ BIOGRAPHY | PRESENTATION ]
  • Mr. Olaseni Ashiru, Government and Industry Relations, Region sub-Saharan Africa, Ericsson
    [ BIOGRAPHY | PRESENTATION ]
   
Friday, 8 July 2011 
09:00 - 10:30 Session 3: Industry Engagement: Towards a Climate-Neutral ICT Sector

It is estimated that the ICT Sector produces directly some 2/2.5% of total emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG), and that this share will increase as ICTs make a larger contribution to the global economy.

This session will provide an overview of what ICT companies – manufacturers, service providers, users – have done and do to reduce their own carbon footprint and improve energy efficiency.

This session will also examine work underway in ITU to measure the impact of ICTs on climate change and ways to assist developing countries to obtain and make best use of ICTs to address climate change, and how to standardize the way to calculate the reduction of GHG that ICTs have.

Moderator: Mr. John Smiciklas, Director, CSR, Research In Motion [ BIOGRAPHY ]

Speakers:
  • Ms. Cristina Bueti, Programme Coordinator (ITU-T activities on ICT, the Environment and Climate Change)
    [ BIOGRAPHY | PRESENTATION ]
  • Mr. Jean Manuel Canet, Rapporteur of Question 18 of ITU-T Study Group 5
    [ BIOGRAPHY | PRESENTATION ]
  • Mr. Ken Baker, Senior Consultant, Critical Facilities Services, EMEA, Hewlett Packard Company
    [ BIOGRAPHY | PRESENTATION ]
  • Mr. Ray Pinto, Senior Government Affairs Manager, Microsoft
    [ BIOGRAPHY | PRESENTATION ]
10:30 - 11:00 Coffee break
11:00 - 12:30 Session 4: Space and Climate Change

A key element in addressing global warming and the impact of natural disasters is the effort to improve global climate monitoring. The use of accurate climate change indicators increases the possibilities of mitigating climate change and helping countries to adapt to extreme weather events. ICTs are a key to monitoring systems for weather forecasting, climate monitoring, and predicting, detecting and mitigating the effects of climate change.

This session will provide an overview of:
  • Use of ICTs to monitor climate change and predict climate change.
  • ICTs to collect, analyze, plan and disseminate information on climate change.

Moderator: Mr. Vadim Nozdrin, Counselor of ITU-R Study Group 7, Radiocommunication Bureau, ITU [ BIOGRAPHY | PRESENTATION ]

Speakers:
  • Mr. Glenn S. Feldhake, Senior Spectrum Engineer, NASA Glenn Research Center, NASA
    [ BIOGRAPHY | PRESENTATION ]
  • Mr. Philippe Tristant, Senior Spectrum Engineer, Meteo France
    [ BIOGRAPHY | PRESENTATION ]
  • Mr. Ayilari-Naa Juati, Director, Synoptic Meteorology and Forecasting, Ghana Meteorological Agency
    [ PRESENTATION ]
12:30 - 14:00 Lunch Break
14:00 - 15:30 Session 5: E-waste

Over the last decades the electronics industry has revolutionized the world: electrical and electronic products have become ubiquitous of today's life around the planet.

The alarming and increasing reports on the e-waste situation in many countries and in particular in Africa call for an urgent global action.

This session will provide an overview of best practices and global standards related to e-waste issues.

Moderator: Prof. Oladele Osibanjo, Executive Director, University of Ibadan Linkage Centre For Cleaner Production Technology & Hazardous Waste Management, Nigeria [ BIOGRAPHY ]

Speakers:
  • Mr. Matthias Kern, Senior Programme Officer, UNEP-Secretariat of the Basel Convention
    [ BIOGRAPHY | PRESENTATION ]
  • Dr. Dave Faulkner, Chairman of the Joint Coordination Activity on ICT and Climate Change and Mr. Mike Anane, Coordinator, League of Environmental Journalists
    [ BIO: FAULKNER | BIO: ANANE | PRESENTATION ]
  • Mr. James Mulolo, Senior Inspector, Zambia Environmental Management Agency (ZEMA)
    [ BIOGRAPHY | PRESENTATION ]
15:30 - 16:00 Coffee break
16:00 - 17:20 Session 6: Review and Wrap up

This session will provide an overview of each session and will suggest recommendations on how ICTs can be used to tackle climate change and to protect the environment.

The output of the meeting will identify possible goals and commitments of the ICT sector in the process leading to the next UNFCCC Conference of Parties – 17 to be held in Durban, South Africa in November 2011. It will also be used to develop a set of recommendations for action in relation to ICTs, the environment and climate change towards a green economy as a contribution to the Rio+20 UNCSD to be held in 2012.

Moderator: Mr. Ahmed Zeddam, Chairman of the ITU-T Study Group 5 "Environment and Climate Change" [ BIOGRAPHY ]
  • Mr. William Agyemang-Bonsu, Manager, Technical Support for Developing Countries (TSDC) Subprogramme, UNFCCC
  • Mr. Flavio Cucchietti, Chairman of the Energy Efficiency of the Global e-Sustainability Initiative
    [ BIOGRAPHY ]
  • Mr. John Smiciklas, Director, CSR, Research In Motion
    [ BIOGRAPHY ]
  • Mr. Vadim Nozdrin, Counselor of ITU-R Study Group 7, Radiocommunication Bureau, ITU
    [ BIOGRAPHY ]
  • Prof. Oladele Osibanjo, Executive Director, University of Ibadan Linkage Centre For Cleaner Production Technology & Hazardous Waste Management, Nigeria
[ PRESENTATION ]
17:20 - 17:30 Close of the Symposium

Chairman: Mr. Paarock Vanpercy, Director General of the National Communications Authority (NCA), Ghana
Outcome of the 6th Symposium on ICTs, the Environment and Climate Change


 

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