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ICTs, Sustainability and Climate Change

​​​"Climate change is a global challenge that we cannot afford to lose"
Dr Hamadoun I. Touré, ITU Secretary-General​
Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), such as satellites, mobile phones or the Internet, play a key role in addressing the major challenges related with climate change and sustainable development. ICTs are fundamental for monitoring climate change, mitigating and adapting to its effects and assisting in the transition towards a green economy. ​​By raising awareness of the role of ICTs, ITU is promoting transformative solutions that can ensure a sustainable future for all. Explore the links below to find more about ITU’s vision and mission in the area of environmental sustainability and climate change.

2014 World Telecommunication Development Conference


ITU's Sixth World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC) took place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, from 30 March to 10 April 2014. The Dubai Declaration, a major outcome of WTDC-14, has great significance for issues relating to the environment and climate change. One of its objectives is to enhance climate change adaptation and mitigation, as well as disaster management efforts, through telecommunications and ICTs. Specifically, the Dubai Declaration states that:
"Telecommunications/ICTs can make a substantial contribution to monitoring, predicting, mitigating and adapting to the adverse effects of climate change. All countries... should have means to use telecommunications/ICTs to mitigate and address the effects of climate change [and to reduce] the negative impact of human activities on the environment"
Click here for the complete text of the Dubai Declaration

New ITU-T Publication on Climate Change Adaptation

Cover art of ITU-T PublicationResilient pathways: the adaptation of the ICT sector to climate change

This report aims to raise awareness of the need to design and implement strategies for the ICT sector to better prepare for, respond and adjust to the impacts of short-term and long-term climatic manifestations. It gives an overview of the importance of adaptation for the ICT sector and of the challenges and opportunities resulting from this adaptation. It also describes the ICT sector's current response to climate change and gives a list of suggested adaptation actions.

Click here for the complete report


The FG-SWM provides a platform to share views, develop a series of deliverables and showcase initiatives, projects, policies and standards activities that are taking place in the area of smart water management. The third meeting of the FG-SWM will take place on 27 June 2014​ in Kampala, Uganda.

ITU Activities on Energy Efficiency and E-Waste

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ITU is committed to promting energy efficiency and to tackling the challenge of e-waste. In terms of energy efficiency, ITU is helping to drive down greenhouse gas emissions in the ICT sector and is helping to reduce the carbon footprint of other sectors. Similarly, by creating standards, raising awareness and collaborating with industry, ITU is committed to tackling the challenge of e-waste.

Click here to check out ITU's webpages about ICTs and Energy Efficiency and how ITU Activities on E-Waste


ITU in the UN Environmental Agenda

UN_ITU_ClimateChange_Agenda.pngITU is helping to develop a unified and collaborative UN strategy to protect the environment and combat climate change. ​ITU actively participates in the work of the UN, including its Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), to address the causes and consequences of climate change.

Click here to learn more about ITU in the UN Environmental Agenda.


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​This webpage provides references to external resources on ICTs and the environment, including information on climate change, conflict minerals, e-waste and other sustainability issues.