Please find below the upcoming work of the General Secretariat (GS), Telecommunication Standardization Bureau (TSB), Radiocommunication Bureau (BR) and Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT) on the thematic area of environment, climate change and e-waste:
General Secretariat (GS) Activities
ITU Climate Neutral
- ITU's worldwide operational environmental footprint for 2014 as published in the UN consolidated document "Moving Towards Climate Neutrality" is 3.2 tonne CO2 equivalent per person under the management, as compared with the UN average of 8.3 tonne per person;
- ITU is climate neutral as of 1 January 2015, and has already offset its emissions for 2015 in advance of having final consumption figures;
- The GLN cooling system has been on stream throughout the 2015 summer period, and has provided 924 MWhr of cooling power in 2015 that would otherwise have been sourced from electrically powered systems;
- ITU participated as keynote presenter in the celebration of the 2016 World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD 2016) organized in Valencia (Spain) on 19 May 2016. The event, which had the theme “ICTs and climate change”, provided a unique opportunity to present ITU’s activities to public sector, private sector companies and academia involved in developing green ICT solutions in the region of Valencia;
- GS co-organized a side-event on “Smart Sustainable Cities: Where we are and where we could be” on 16 October 2016 with the Habitat III Secretariat.
- GS, DSG and TSB participated at COP-22 and co-organized a side event with GeSI and UNFCCC on 17 November 2016;
- DSG participated as keynote speaker at COP22 Low Emission Solutions Conference event on Monday 14 November 2016 in the Session: ICT innovative approach to raising commitments towards climate;
- At the 17th GeSI General Assembly, ITU hosted GeSI Board. Additionally, the meeting of the SMARTer2030 Action Coalitions, took place in Geneva from 6 – 8 December 2016. This meeting was dedicated to the proposed work plan for 2017, which is a valuable mix of consolidated and new topics. The ITU Secretary-General opened the Board Meeting and reiterated ITU’s commitment to working with GeSI in the promotion of ICT as a fundamental technology for enabling the transition to a low-carbon economy and the achievements of the SDGs;
- ITU has reported its worldwide environmental footprint for the last reported year (2015), under the UN centralized reporting system and format. It was noted that ITU left a print of 3.56 tonneCO2equiv. per person, which is just 46% of the UN system 2015 average, and which is an annual improvement of 7% since 2010. ITU’s residual footprint has been offset and our Climate Neutrality for 2015 is certified by UNFCCC. More information at greeningtheblue.org;
- ITU HQ has extended its bicycle storage to 112 spaces. Therefore, there is more than 1 space per 6 secretariat staff;
- ITU participated in the 11th meeting of the Adaptation Committee (AC), held at UNFCCC Headquarters from 7-10 March 2017 in Bonn, Germany, with the objective to assess the relevance of, and potential for, ITU contribution to the work of the Committee. ITU could consider submitting a contribution to the electronic Adaptation Financing Bulletin to be published in June. Additionally, if the Adaptation Forum is convened (subject to funding and hosting), ITU could consider participating. There are many synergies between the AC and other institutional arrangements, such as the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) and the Technology Executive Committee (TEC). ITU has been approached to consider joining the CTCN, which promotes the accelerated transfer of environmentally sound technologies for low carbon and climate resilient development at the request of developing countries;
- ITU contributed a background document to the Technical Expert Meeting on Adaptation (TEM-A) that the Adaptation Committee organized during the last Climate Change Conference in Bonn held on 16-17 May 2017 (http://tep-a.org/). The document focused on SDGs and addresses thematic areas such as smarter and more sustainable cities, as well as empowering communities; and
- ITU Secretariat attended the 18th GeSI General Assembly and Board Meeting (30 May - 1 July 2017 in Madrid). GeSI forthcoming potential events with possible ITU collaboration include the following (at the next COP in Bonn, Germany): A SMARTer2030 Action Coalition event; Momentum for Change ICT session (as for previous COPs); Deutsche Telekom, focusing on SMARTer2030 and #SystemTransformation. Events are to focus on ICT’s impact on the environment by focusing on ICT’s own footprint and enabling impact, and to provide insight into GeSI and GeSI members’ sustainable solution portfolios.
Radiocommunication Bureau (BR) and Telecommunication Standardization Bureau Activities:
- TSB and BR are working together with ITU-T Study Group 5 on the targets set by the Connect 2020 Agenda. An update of the draft proposal for the Connect 2020 Agenda was presented during the ITU-T Study Group 5 meeting that took place from 10 to 14 October 2016. Consequently, 4 new work items were created. The Connect 2020 Agenda is also being worked on with UNIDO, the Secretariat of Basel Convention and the United Nations University (UNU) that agreed to embrace the "Connect 2020 Agenda – Environmental Goals" as a common global agenda on e-waste management.
Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT) Activities
- ITU-D Study Group 2 Rapporteur Group meeting on Question 6/2 "ICT and Climate Change" was held on 25 April 2016;
- ITU-D Study Group 2 meeting on Question 6/2 "ICT and Climate Change" was held in September 2016;
- Rapporteur Group Meeting for ITU-D SG2 was held in Geneva, during September 2016;
- BDT together with WMO, UNISDR, UNICEF, UNSPIDER, UNOCHA, contributed to the organization of an International Conference on Early Warning Systems that was held in Cancun, Mexico from 22-23 May 2017;
- ITU-D Study Group Period 2014-2017 ended in April 2017, with the adoption of the final reports of Study Group Questions 6/2 on ICTs and Climate Change and Question 8/2 on Strategies and Policies for the proper disposal or reuse of telecommunication/ICT waste material;
- ITU, in collaboration with the United Nations University (UNU), and the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) have set up the Global E-waste Statistics Partnership. The main objective of this Partnership is to build capacity to help countries produce reliable and comparable e-waste statistics, to collect data from countries and build a global e-waste database to track developments over time and by informing policy makers and industry;
- During the WSIS Forum 2017, on 14 June 2017, the Global E-waste Statistic Partnership organized a meeting on ‘Addressing the global e-waste challenge. The session highlighted current challenges in the area of e-waste and monitoring e-waste. It introduced the Global E-waste statistics Partnership, and provided information on current efforts to increase the availability and quality of e-waste statistics; and
- BDT together with the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions Secretariat of UN Environment and WMO organized a meeting on "Action Line C7. E-environment: Environment, an Important Pillar to Building a Sustainable Future" on 12 June 2017 at the WSIS Forum. BDT also contributed to the Moderated High-Level Policy Session 12 - Theme: ICT Applications and Services, Digital, Economy and Trade, Climate Change on 14 June 2017.
- Development of standardised training materials for a full training program on ICT and Climate Change is underway. This will be used for training and capacity building purposes. Contributions by relevant experts in ITU-T have enriched the preparation of these modules. A number of academic institutions are also contributing and editing the materials. ITU Centres of Excellence will also benefit from these materials;
- BDT is developing publications on e-Waste Management Policy best practices models. Additionally, in cooperation with UNU and ISWA, BDT is developing a project to improve the availability and quality of e-waste statistics;
- BDT is also working on the development of a joint pilot project with University of La Plata of Argentina, to establish an e-Waste Management Plant. This project could be replicated in other countries;
- A number of activities in various regions are being planned in close cooperation with other entities such as WMO, UNISDR, GEO, UNU and UNEP; and
- BDT is working on the development of training materials on ICTs and Climate Change which is being done in four stages; stage 1 – scoping of the programme; stage 2 - development of content; stage 3 – peer review; stage 4 – editing of the material. Stage 1 and stage 2 are now completed, all material for the 21 modules have been developed. Currently, BDT is working in stage 3, peer-review. 12 of the 21 modules have been peer-reviewed and 9 are still in the process of being reviewed.
Radiocommunication Bureau Activities
BR participated in the Sixteenth session of the Commission for Basic Systems (CBS-16), November 2016;
- ITU-R SG7 completed the revision of the Handbook on use of Radio Spectrum for Meteorology: Weather, Water and Climate Monitoring and Prediction”, Recommendation ITU-R RS.1859-0 - Use of remote sensing systems for data collections to be used in the event of natural disasters and similar emergencies, Recommendation ITU-R RS.1883 - Use of remote sensing systems in the study of climate change and the effects thereof. The predicted approval is given to be April 2017; and
- A new edition of WMO/ITU “Use of radio spectrum for meteorology: weather, water and climate monitoring and prediction" Handbook has been approved.
- In accordance with ITU-R Resolution 60 as approved by RA-15 ITU-R Study Groups, studies of best practices to reduce energy consumption within ICT systems, equipment or applications operating in a radiocommunication service, are ongoing;
On 12 and 13 September 2016, the ITU Regional Office for the Americas Region with INICTEL UNI (Peru), and Mintel (Ecuador) organized a Workshop on technology to mitigate earthquakes and tsunamis effects and EWBS prototype demonstration on tsunamis emergency alert, in Ecuador; and
- A Forum on Internet of Things (IoT): Smarter Living in the Caribbean was held from 24 to 26 April 2017 in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. The forum highlighted the significance of IoT as a technological revolution that represents the future of computing and communications, and its development being dependent on dynamic technical innovation. It was attended by 98 participants from 14 countries. ECLAC and 13 other ICT sector entities also attended the event.
- Concentrated assistance to Djibouti – development of project document on Smart Sustainable City is in progress. The project document is to assist Djibouti to establish their smart city. This work is carried with the assistance of TSB; and
- Development of a model policy on e-waste management in the Arab Region is underway. The report on model policy on ICT generated e-waste in the Arab Region aims to outline the state of e-waste management in the Arab region, and is expected to provide guidance to the region on the policy to be adopted for environmental sustainability.
- The ITU Regional Office for the Americas Region, during the third quarter of 2017, will organize the III Workshop and Follow-up of the regional activities on Emergency communications and Climate Change. The venue and the dates are to be determined;
- During 2017, ITU Regional Office for Americas will support a limited number of National Assessments related to the situation of e-waste;
- The Americas Regional Office started the coordination of a project with University of La Plata and further followed by ITU-D, to establish a pilot plant of e-waste. The aim of the project is to establish a Pilot Plant that will provide concrete responses to the e-waste problems in cities in line with Sustainable Development Goals and BDTs mandate stated in WTDC Resolution 66 (Rev. Dubai, 2014); and
- The Americas Regional office is working at the Communications Committee with several United Nations agencies and the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) in Chile to build a communication strategy for the Sustainable Development Goals.
Past Activities & Events:
- A flipbook on "Shaping smarter and more sustainable cities: Striving for sustainable development goals" has been launched in January 2016;
- A Forum on "Internet of Things in Smart Sustainable Cities: A New Age of Smarter Living" was held on 18 January 2016 in Singapore;
- A new portal on ITU-T,
Smart Sustainable Cities has been created in February 2016;
- Coordination with other UN agencies for preparations for Habitat III is ongoing. TSB led the organization of a joint ITU-UNECE-UN-Habitat side event on "Shaping Smart Sustainable Cities for the New Urban Agenda" held on 16 March 2016 in Prague, Czech Republic, during the regional meeting of Habitat III. The General Secretariat took the leadership in organizing a side event in Quito in October 2016;
- ITU and UNECE organized a workshop on "Laying the Foundation for Sustainable Development Goals: Role of Smart Sustainable Cities" on 2 May 2016 during WSIS Forum;
- ITU, UNIDO, WIPO, WHO, ECLAC and Basel Convention organized a thematic workshop on "Towards Building Effective Partnerships for Sustainable Management of E-waste" on 5 May 2016 during the WSIS Forum;
- Rapporteur meetings for Study Group 20 on IoT and its applications including smart cities and communities took place from 2 to 13 May 2016;
- ITU together with UNIDO, UNU, WIPO, UNESCO, ECLAC and Basel Convention launched the report on "Sustainable Management of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment in Latin America" on 5 May 2016. This report is available as Flipbook in Spanish and English;
- ITU and Huawei organized a Forum on "Building a Better Connected World, Making Networks Greener" that was held in Madrid on 12-13 May 2016;
- ITU and UNECE organized a Forum on "Shaping smarter and more sustainable cities: striving for sustainable development goals" in Rome on 18-19 May 2016. Malcolm Johnson, Deputy Secretary General, ITU particpated and delivered opening remarks;
- ITU and UNECE launched an Advisory Board (AB) on 18 May in Rome, Italy. This advisory board is tasked to review the KPIs for SSC to reach SDGs that are being developed by ITU-T Study Group 5 "Environment and Climate Change". This Advisory Board has the support of representatives of 17 UN agencies and worldwide renowned experts;
- Additionally to this Advisory Board, ITU and UNECE launched the United for Smart Sustainable Cities (U4SSC) initiative. The U4SSC is a global platform for smart city stakeholders to shape smart sustainable cities worldwide. U4SSC advocates for public policies to encourage the use of ICTs to facilitate and ease the transition to smart sustainable cities. The U4SSC is now an UN initiative supported by CBD, ECLAC, FAO, ITU, UNECA, UNCCD, UNECE, UN-Women, UNEP, UNEP-FI, UNFCCC, UN-Habitat, UNIDO, UNU-IAS, WMO and WTO. The first meeting of the U4SSC initiative and its Advisory Board took place on 21 and 22 July 2016. This meeting was attended by over 100 participants from across the world;
- A joint ITU-ISO-IEC World Smart City Forum took place on 13 July in Singapore;
- ITU together with UNECE and Habitat III organized a Cross-Cutting Expert Group Meeting on Driving Smart Sustainable Cities Worldwide on 21 July 2016 in Geneva, Switzerland;
- The 6th ITU Green Standards Week, took place from 5 to 9 September 2016 in Montevideo, Uruguay;
- The GSW was co-organized with the Municipality of Montevideo (IMM), the Inter-American Association of Telecommunication Enterprises (ASIET), the Economic Commission for Latin American and the Caribbean (ECLAC), the Basel Convention Regional Centre for the South American Region (CRBAS) and the Development Bank of Latin America (CAF). This year, the Green Standards Week gathered together more than 600 participants and finalized with the Montevideo Declaration (which is also available in Spanish). Malcolm Johnson, Deputy Secretary General, ITU, delivered opening remarks and met several senior representatives;
- ITU together with the National University of La Plata and the Chamber of the Senator of the Province of Buenos Aires organized a Forum on “The catalytic role of ICTs to achieve Sustainable Development Goals 11, 12 and 13” in La Plata, Argentina on 12 September 2016. The event was held in Spanish only;
- Recommendation ITU-T L.1002 “External universal power adapter solutions for portable information and communication technology devices” was approved on 14 October 2016 during ITU-T SG5 meeting held from 10-14 October 2016 in Geneva, Switzerland. This Recommendation defines requirements, and provides guidelines on environmental aspects, of universal power adapter solutions (UPA) designed for use with portable information and communication technology ICT devices. It is complementary to Recommendations ITU-T L.1000 and ITU-T L.1001 and aims to cover the widest possible range of ICT devices for portable use within identified voltage and power ranges;
- Within the U4SSC initiative, a Forum on Financing Smart Sustainable Cities was held from 7 to 8 November 2016 in Ruggell, Principality if Liechtenstein. This Forum was organized by OiER, UNECE and the Austrian Economic Center (AEC);
instructs the Director of the Telecommunication Standardization Bureau:
to provide necessary assistance to take advantage of every opportunity within the assigned budget, to promote quality standardization work in a timely manner, and to communicate with telecommunication and ICT industries to promote their participation in ITU-T's standardization activities on IoT and SC&C;
to carry out, in collaboration with Member States and cities, pilot projects in cities related to SC&C key performance indicator (KPI) assessment activities, aimed at facilitating the deployment and implementation of the IoT and SC&C standards worldwide; and
- to continue to support the United for Smart Sustainable Cities Initiative (U4SSC), launched by ITU together with the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) in May 2016, and share its deliverables with ITU-T Study Group 20 and other study groups concerned.
The 7th ITU Green Standards Week (GSW)
took place from 3 to 5 April 2017 in Manizales, Colombia. The GSW 2017 was dedicated to the theme of “Circular Economy and Smart Sustainable Cities”. It was co-organized with the Municipality of Manizales, the University of Manizales, the Economic Commission for Latin American and the Caribbean (ECLAC), the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO),the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Basel Convention, the Basel Convention Regional Centre for the South American Region (CRBAS), the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the Telecommunications Regional Technical Commission (COMTELCA), the Inter-American Telecommunication Commission (CITEL), CAF-Development Bank of Latin America and the Inter-American Association of Telecommunication Enterprises (ASIET). The GSW 2017 was attended by over 950 participants and concluded with the Manizales Manifesto which is available in English
. This manifesto highlighted the need to adopt definitive steps to building smart and sustainable cities in Latin America and worldwide;
The meeting of ITU-T Study Group 5 on "Environment, Climate Change and Circular Economy"
took place from 15 to 24 May 2017 in Geneva, Switzerland. During the meeting two Recommendations were approved (ITU-T K.44 Resistibility tests for telecommunication equipment exposed to overvoltages and overcurrents – Basic Recommendation and ITU-T L.1315 Standardization terms and trends in energy efficiency. Additionally, 13 Recommendations (8 revised Recommendations) were consented. During this SG5 meeting it was agreed to revise the Terms of Reference (ToR) of its Regional Groups (Regional Group for the Arab Region (SG5RG-ARB), Regional Group for Africa (SG5RG-AFR), Regional Group for Asia and the Pacific (SG5 RG-AP)). The ToR of the Regional Group for the Americas were revised and it was agreed to change the name of the Regional Group to ITU-T SG5 Regional Group for Latin America;
The first meeting of the Focus Group on Data Processing and Management to support IoT Smart Cities and Communities
took place from 17 to 19 July 2017 in Geneva, Switzerland. It was decided to create 5 Working Groups: WG1 - Use Cases, Requirements and Applications/Services; WG2 - DPM Framework, Architectures and Core Components; WG3 - Data sharing, Interoperability and Blockchain; WG4 - Security, Privacy and Trust including Governance and WG5 - Data Economy, commercialization, and monetization. More details are available in the Meeting report
ITU-T SG20 physical Rapporteur meetings took place from 20 to 28 July 2017 in Geneva, Switzerland.
Upcoming Events/ Activities:
- Collaboration and Cooperation with the United Nations University on e-waste management is ongoing;
- TSB represents ITU in the Step Initiative and participates in its meetings;
- Collaboration and Cooperation with Basel Convention and UNIDO on e-waste management is ongoing;
- TSB represents ITU in the PACE Initiative and participates in its meetings;
- TSB represents ITU in the GPWM Initiative and chairs the working group on e-waste;
- TSB and UNFCCC are collaborating in the development of resource material for UNFCCC delegates based on the joint ITU/UNFCCC report on climate change adaptation in cities;
- The final list of key performance indicators (KPIs) for smart sustainable cities to reach Sustainable Development Goals was finalized and will be published in September 2017. The KPIs will be used to create the Global Smart Sustainable City Index which is expected to be finalized by May 2018;
- Pilot projects are being are being carried out in over 50 cities worldwide including Dubai, Montevideo, Manizales, Buenos Aires, Valencia, Rimini, Wuxi, Pully and Singapore, to implement the key performance indicators for smart sustainable cities and assess the “smartness” and “sustainability” of participating cities;
- The ITU/WMO/UNESCO-IOC Joint Task Force on SMART (Science Monitoring and Reliable Telecommunications) submarine Cables Systems is tasked with developing a strategy and roadmap to add climate and hazard monitoring sensors to repeaters on submarine telecommunication cables to create a global real-time ocean observation network. A series of workshops have advanced this concept and identified the need for a “Wet Demonstrator” project as an essential element in the development and acceptance of telecommunications systems incorporating scientific sensors for environmental monitoring. This Joint Task Force is now advancing to a Wet Demonstrator Project in partnership with industry and research cabled ocean observatories. In order to identify qualified candidates to provide materials and services needed to realize the Wet Demonstrator project, an RFI (request for information) was sent to various organizations at the end of 2016. Several positive responses were received and they are now under study. Information on this Task Force including publications and workshop information is available at its webpage; and
- The vision of SG5 for this study period (2017-2020) is Setting Environmental Requirements for 5G/IMT-2020. ITU-T SG5 will develop a series of technical reports and international standards that will study environmental aspects of 5G related to:
Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC);
Electromagnetic fields (EMF);
- Energy feeding and efficiency; and