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.
General Secretariat and Telecommunication Standardization Bureau (TSB)Activities:
- TSB and GS submitted a proposal for the creation of a UN group on e-waste within the Environmental Management Group. The proposal will be shared with all EMG members in May 2016. TSB will provide an update on this item at the next ISTF meeting in June 2016.
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 has been submitted to the ITU Council 2016. The revised draft was prepared with UNIDO and the Secretariat of Basel Convention that agreed to embrace the "Connect 2020 Agenda – Environmental Goals" as a common global agenda on e-waste management.
Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT) 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:
- 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.
- The next meetings of
ITU-T Study Group 5 will take place from 20 to 27 April 2016 at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
- ITU and UNECE will organize 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 will organize 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, will take place from 2 to 13 May 2016;
- The launch of the report (English version) on "Sustainable Management of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment in Latin America" together with UNIDO, UNU, WIPO, UNESCO, ECLAC and Basel Convention will take place on 5 May 2016;
- A meeting of the
Joint Coordination Activity on Internet of Thing and Smart Cities and Communities (JCA - IoT and SC&C) will take place on 6 May 2016;
- ITU and Huawei are organizing a Forum on "Building a Better Connected World, Making Networks Greener" to be held in Madrid on 12-13 May 2016;
- ITU and UNECE will launch 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"; it will be made of representatives of UN agencies, funds and programmes along with worldwide renowned experts.
- ITU and UNECE are organizing 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 will deliver opening remarks;
- A joint ITU-ISO-IEC
World Smart City Forum will take place on 13 July in Singapore;
- ITU will organize the first Global Expert Meeting on Smart Sustainable Cities together with UN-Habitat on 21 July 2016 in Geneva;
- The First meeting of the Advisory Board is expected to take place on 22 July 2016;
- A Joint ITU-UNECE-WEF Forum on Smart cities and IoT is planned to take place on 25 July 2016 in Geneva;
- The next meeting of
ITU-T Study Group 20 on "IoT and its applications, including smart cities and communities" will take place from 25 July to 5 August 2016 in Geneva;
- ITU-ECLAC-Basel Convention-UNESCO will organize a Symposium on ICTs, Environment and SDGs in Buenos Aires on 13 September 2016;
- 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;
- TSB plans to organize a side event in Quito in October 2016;
- The ITU-T Study Group 5 meeting will take place from 10 to 14 October 2016 in Naples, Italy;
- Basel Convention and ITU plan to organize a training on Green ICT Standards in Buenos Aires in December 2016.
TSB and Regional Office for the Americas activities
- Green Standards Week, will be held from 5 to 9 September 2016 in Montevideo, Uruguay, kindly hosted by the Municipality of Montevideo.