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 ITU Symposium on ICTs, the Environment and Climate Change
 Montreal, Canada, 29-31 May 2012 Contact: climate@itu.int

Moving the climate agenda forward through green ICTs

ITU organized the Seventh ITU Symposium on ICTs, the Environment and Climate Change on 29-31 May 2012 in Montreal, Canada.

The event was co-organized with the government of Canada and will be hosted by Prompt. This was the seventh symposium on climate change following successful events held between 2008 and 2011 in Kyoto, London, Quito, Seoul, Cairo and Accra.

The main purpose of the event was to move the agenda forward on using ICTs to monitor climate change, mitigate and adapt to its effects and, in this light, identify future requirements for ITU’s related work – including standardization of ICT equipment and networks as well as development activities. (see Resolution 182 (Guadalajara, 2010), Resolution 66 (Hyderabad, 2010) and Resolution 73 (Johannesburg, 2008)).

The symposium in Montreal focused on the issue of ICTs, the environment and climate change in the world and the needs for the use of ICTs to promote environmental sustainability. Topics discussed included mitigation and adaptation to climate change, e-waste management, disaster preparedness and emergency communications, cost-effective ICT technologies, methodologies for the environmental impact assessment of ICTs, challenges and opportunities in the transition to a green and resource efficient economy, among others.

The symposium concluded with the Montreal Declaration which identifies possible goals, commitments and modalities of ICT sector commitments to be developed in the process leading to the 2012 ITU World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly (WTSA-12) and United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD 2012 or Rio+20), strengthening at the same time the collaboration between the ICT and environmental communities.

The symposium brought together leading specialists in the field, from top policy-makers to engineers, designers, planners, government officials, regulators, standards experts and others.

Outcome of the 7th Symposium: Montreal Declaration: [ English | Franšais ]

Press release, 5 June 2012

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General Information

  • Dates: 29 - 31 May 2012
  • Venue: Montreal, Canada
  • Remote participation was provided
  • Discussion was held in English
  • Interpretation was provided in French
  • Practical Information (including accommodation, transportation and visa requirements)
    • Contact person for an invitation letter or visa supporting letter:
      Ms Louise Roderick
      Tel: +1 613 998 9489
      Fax: +1 613 998 4530
      E-mail: Louise.Roderick@ic.gc.ca
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More information about ITU’s activities on ICT and Climate Change can be found here.

Invitation Letter

Programme and Presentations: English | Franšais

 

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Resources on ICTs and Climate Change

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