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 and climate change:
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.
Radiocommunication Bureau (BR) and Telecommunication Standardization Bureau Activities:
- TSB and BR are working together with ITU-T Study Group 5 to develop two roadmaps to meet the targets set by the Connect 2020 Agenda. An update of the draft proposal is currently being prepared and discussions will take place during the ITU-T Study Group 5 meeting that will take place from 10 to 14 October 2016. The revised draft is being prepared 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
Past Activities: Ongoing Activities:
- 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.
Radiocommunication Bureau Activities
- ITU-R and the WMO tentatively planned a joint event on Climate Monitoring and Prediction for 2017.
- 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 and its outcome is to be presented in Djibouti's planned event on Smart City in early 2016. This work is carried with the assistance of TSB;
- Development of a model policy on e-waste management in the Arab Region. 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;
- Development of case studies report on e-waste management in Arab Region is underway (2nd Quarter 2016);
- As part of the implementation of the expected results of the Arab Regional Initiative on Use of ICTs to transition to Smart and Sustainable Development and Environment Protection, a regional workshop on National Strategies for Sustainable Development including Disaster Risk Reduction, Climate Change Adoption for the Arab Region (will be organized in August 2016);
- Smart Sustainable Cities and e-waste events for the Americas Region are planned for September 2016;
- An ITU Arab High Level Expert Meeting on Smart Water Management will be organized in 2016 (dates and venue to be determined);
- A Workshop on ICT and Climate Change Adaptation will be organized in 2016 (date and venue to be determined);
- An ITU Regional Workshop on National Strategies for Sustainable Development including Disaster Risk Reduction, Climate Change Adaptation for the Arab Region will be organized in 2016 (dates and venue to be determined).
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.
- 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, Manizales, Buenos Aires, Valencia and Singapore. Other cities are expected to join the pilot programme.
- ITU-T Study Group 5 and UNECE are developing a joint set of indicators for SSC to reach SDGs. Final indicators are expected to be finalized in October 2016;
- The next meetings of
ITU-T Study Group 5 will take place from 10 to 14 October 2016 in Geneva, Switzerland;
- The next meeting of
ITU-T Study Group 20 on "IoT and its applications, including smart cities and communities" will take place from 13 to 23 March 2016 in Dubai, UAE. It will be preceded by a Forum on IoT and Smart Cities on 12 March 2017.