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 and TSB participated at COP-22 and co-organized a side event with GeSI and UNFCCC on 17 November 2016.
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.
- 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.
BDT together with WMO, UNISDR, UNICEF, UNSPIDER, UNOCHA, is contributing to the organization of an International Conference on Early Warning Systems that will be held in Cancun, Mexico, in May 2017.
Radiocommunication Bureau Activities
BR participated in the Sixteenth session of the Commission for Basic Systems (CBS-16), November 2016.
- 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;
- ITU-R SG7 started the revision of the Handbook on
use of Radio Spectrum for Meteorology: Weather, Water and Climate Monitoring and Prediction", the 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, and the Recommendation ITU-R RS.1883 - Use of remote sensing systems in the study of climate change and the effects thereof.
- ITU-R and the WMO tentatively planned a joint event on Climate Monitoring and Prediction for 2017.
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.
- 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;
- 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.
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 privileged to have the support of 17 other United Nations Agencies. 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;
- 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.
- 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).
- A new Resolution 96 on ‘Enhancing the standardization of Internet of things and Smart Cities and Communities for global development was approved on 3 November 2016 during WTSA 2016 that took place from 25 October to 3 November 2016 in Hammamet, Tunisia. This Resolution:
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;
- 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.
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 participate 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 participate in its meetings;
- TSB represents ITU in the GPWM Initiative and chair 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;
- There are ongoing projects on the implementation of KPIs for smart sustainable cities with Dubai, Montevideo, Santiago de Chile, Rimini, Manizales, Buenos Aires, Valencia and Singapore. Other cities are expected to join the pilot programme.
- ITU-T SG5 and 15 UN agencies are developing a joint set of indicators for smart sustainable cities to reach the sustainable development goals (SDGs). Final indicators are expected to be finalized in March 2017 during ITU-T SG20 meeting that will take place from 13-23 march 2017 in Dubai, UAE.
- The next meeting of ITU-T Study Group 20 on "Internet of things (IoT) and smart cities and communities (SC&C)" will take place from 13 to 23 March 2016 in Dubai, UAE. It will be preceded by a Forum on "Accelerating IoT for Smart Cities" on 12 March 2017.
- Next JCA meeting on IoT and Smart Cities and Communities is planned to take place during the next SG20 meeting (12-23 March 2017).
- The 7th ITU Green Standards Week (GSW) will take place from 3 to 5 April 2017 in Manizales, Colombia. The GSW 2017 is dedicated to the theme of “Circular Economy and Smart Sustainable Cities”. It will be 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 Basel Convention, the Basel Convention Regional Centre for the South American Region (CRBAS), the Inter-American Telecommunication Commission (CITEL), the Development Bank of Latin America (CAF) and the Inter-American Association of Telecommunication Enterprises (ASIET).
- The Second meeting of United for Smart Sustainable Cities (U4SSC) initiative will be held on 5 April 2017 in Manizales, Colombia;
- The next meetings of ITU-T Study Group 5 on "Environment, Climate Change and Circular Economy" is planned to take place from 15 to 24 May 2017 in Geneva, Switzerland.
- TSB is planning to hold three sides events in conjunction with other partners during WSIS Forum 2017:
Smart Sustainable Cities (ITU, OiR and U4SSC partners);
E-waste (ITU, Basel Convention and other partners);
- DCICC Annual Meeting (DCICC members).