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The Broadband Bridge. Side event at COP18

Joint event of ictQatar, ITU, Ericsson and the Broadband Commission
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BACKGROUND

Climate change is among the biggest challenges humankind has ever faced. No country will remain untouched: some may experience extreme weather events, others severe drought, or sea level rises resulting in the loss of coastal areas. World leaders have been working for several years within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) towards addressing climate change, with the goal of preventing global average temperatures from rising more than two degrees Celsius, to contain the most severe risks and consequences of climate change. This will require substantial reductions in greenhouse gases (GHGs), in particular CO2 —a daunting task that can only be achieved with transformation to a low-carbon economy. 

As the global community gathers in the city of Doha (Qatar) for the 2012 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP18) this side event will discuss the opportunities that broadband networks, services and applications can provide to contribute in such transformation. The event will present the views of high-level representatives from national governments, the private sector and international organizations on the initiative being undertaken globally to mobilize broadband and information and communication technologies (ICTs) to reduce GHG emissions and build inclusive societies. 

The event will put a special focus on the solutions being promoted within the Arab region, signaling the launch of the Arabic translation of the report “The Broadband Bridge”, produced by the Broadband Commission for Digital Development under the chairmanship of Hans Vestberg, CEO of Ericsson. ​

SPEAKERS

  • ​Mr Robin Blake, Executive Director of ICT and Society - ICTQatar 
  • Ms Fuatai Purcell,  Head, LDCs, SIDS, Emergency Telecommunication and Climate Change Adaptation at International Telecommunication Union- ITU 
  • Mr Luis Neves, Chairman of the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) - Deutsche Telecom
  • Ms Matilda Gustafsson, Director Sustainability - Ericsson
  • Moderated by Mr Jeremy Forster, Head of Marketing, Government and Industry Relations - Ericsson

ABOUT

​ictQatar connects people to the technologies that enrich their lives, drive economic development & inspire confidence in the future. Established in 2004 as the nation´s ICT policy and regulatory body, the Supreme Council of Information and Communication Technology (ictQATAR) supports Qatar´s ambitious vision to achieve social and political change while advancing global competitiveness. More information about ICTQatar is available at http://www.ictqatar.qa/

ITU, the International Telecommunication Union, is the UN specialized agency responsible for ICTs. Its membership, comprising 193 governments, some 700 private companies and about 50 universities, has called for ITU to take the lead in engaging the global community in addressing climate change through the use of ICTs. ITU is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, with 12 field offices around the world. Further information about ITU´s climate change activities, including the reports referenced in this article, is available at www.itu.int/climate.

The Broadband Commission is a multi-stakeholder high-level advocacy group promoting the adoption of broadband-friendly practices and policies to accelerate progress towards the MDGs. 13 head of UN agencies and international organizations are a members of the Broadband Commission, , including ITU, UNESCO, UNDP or UN-DESA, among others. More information about the Commission is available at http://www.broadbandcommission.org