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United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visits ITU
ITU TELECOM WORLD 2009 and climate change at the centre of discussion
Dr Touré / Mr Ban
photo credit: ITU/V. Martin
Dr Touré presented Mr Ban with a copy of the protocol signed by ITU and the United Nations in 1949, when ITU officially joined the UN as a specialized agency.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visits ITU
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 global economy”.

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.


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