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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.​


shutterstock_188006846.jpgIt's official! At its 5th meeting, from 19-20 June 2014, the ITU-T Focus Group on Smart Sustainable Cities agreed on a definition for a "smart sustainable city":

"A smart sustainable city is an innovative city that uses information and communication technologies (ICTs) and other means to improve quality of life, efficiency of urban operation and services, and competitiveness, while ensuring that it meets the needs of present and future generations with respect to economic, social and environmental aspects".

Click here to learn more about the Focus Group

Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS)

From 1-4 September 2014, the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) will be held in Apia, Samoa. In the framework of this once-in-a-decade event, ITU is organizing various events to highlight the role of information and communication technologies (ICTs) and in particular broadband technologies to advance sustainable development:

  • Pre-events:
    1.  Addressing Connectivity in SIDS - 29 August 2014, Faleata Golf Course
    2. Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation for SIDS, a Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue - 30 August 2014, Faleata Sports Complex
  • Side-event: Bridging Broadband Barriers for SIDS Sustainable Development, High Level Dialogue - 2 September 2014, Faleata Sports Complex

This will offer the opportunity to launch a multistakeholder partnership, and especially the partnership first project of "Satellite Connectivity for Development and Emergency Telecommunications in SIDS of the Pacific region" that will later be replicated in SIDS of other regions.

We invite anybody interested in the topic to join and contribute to these events.

Please click here for more information


Picture of a drop of waterThe 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 next meeting of the FG-SWM will take place on 17 October 2014​ in London, United Kingdom.

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's Sixth WTDC

WTDC14BannerHomePage_v1.png​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.

Click here for the complete text of the Dubai Declaration


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ITU is involved in several joint initiatives and collaborations with a range of actors and stakeholders. These joint initiatives and collaborations emphasize ITU's role as a global catalyst on several issues, including climate monitoring, early warning sytems, e-waste and, more globally, social and environmental e-sustainability.

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.


Image of branding of ITU Global Portal​The Global Portal on ICTs, the Environment and Climate Change provides references to external resources on ICTs and the environment, including information on climate change, conflict minerals, e-waste and other sustainability issues.