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Landmark decisions from Guadalajara
The role of telecommunications/ information and communication technologies
on climate change and the protection of the environment
 

Resolution 182 (New)

This new resolution seeks to establish a sound basis for ITU’s work surrounding the role of telecommunications/ ICT in climate change and the protection of the environment. It acknowledges that ICT contribute to greenhouse gas emissions, but also play an important role in tackling climate change and protecting the environment.

ITU is called upon to continue leading and developing activities in this area, in particular promoting awareness of the environmental issues surrounding telecommunication/ICT equipment and encouraging energy efficiency in the design and manufacture of such equipment to promote a clean and safe environment. The Telecommunication Standardization Bureau (TSB) should continue its work on evaluation methodologies for energy efficiency and the greenhouse gas emissions of ICT. ITU should also provide assistance to developing countries to strengthen their human and institutional capacity for tackling and adapting to climate change, including disaster management planning.

The resolution invites ITU Member States, Sector Members and Associates to contribute to the work of ITU, as well as to the broader United Nations process on climate change. It asks ITU’s membership to take the necessary measures to reduce the effects of climate change by developing and using more energy-efficient ICT devices, applications and networks, and to promote recycling and the reuse of ICT equipment. It also calls upon them to continue or initiate public and private programmes including ICT and climate change, while giving due consideration to relevant ITU initiatives.

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ITU’s call to Cancun: ICT must be part of the solution

A communiqué urging delegates to look to the enormous potential of ICT solutions to cut emissions across all sectors was delivered at the Conference of Parties (COP) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which took place in Cancun, Mexico, from 29 November to 10 December 2010. The communiqué, approved during the closing ceremony of the Guadalajara Conference on 22 October, highlights the important role that information and communication technologies can play in tackling climate change, and was intended to raise awareness among policy-makers.

 

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