|Photo credit: ITU/V. Martin
|(Left to right) Director of ITU’s Telecommunication Development Bureau Sami Al Basheer Al
Morshid; Director of ITU’s Radiocommunication Bureau Valery Timofeev; Director-General of the
United Nations Office in Geneva Sergei A. Ordzhonikidze; UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon;
ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun I. Touré, and ITU Deputy Secretary-General Houlin Zhao
On 4 September 2009, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visited ITU headquarters in
Geneva for talks with ITU officials, following his participation
in the World Climate Conference-3, organized
by the World Meteorological Organization.
Mr Ban will attend ITU TELECOM WORLD 2009, in
Geneva on 5–9 October. The event comes at a crucial
time, said ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun I. Touré.
“By bringing governments and the private sector
together at the highest levels, we can highlight the
importance of information and communication technologies
(ICT) in climate change, economic recovery,
job creation, and innovation,” he said, adding that
“ICT networks are the new engine of the modern
Turning to climate change, Dr Touré described
how one of ITU’s top priorities is to find ways in
which it can help improve environmental monitoring
through ICT, as well as the use of these technologies
to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. “Although ICT currently contribute 2–3 per cent of
global greenhouse-gas emissions, they can reduce
emissions in other sectors by at least 15 per cent,”
Dr Touré said.
Mr Ban commended ITU for its active role in helping
to combat climate change, and said he looked
forward to welcoming Dr Touré in New York for the
Climate Change Summit and the Leadership Forum
on Climate Change on 22 September 2009.