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8th ITU symposium on ICTs, the environment and climate change

2013 event to develop the case for ‘smart cities’

Geneva, 30 April 2013 – ‘Smart Sustainable Cities’ is the theme of the 8th ITU Symposium on ICTs, the Environment and Climate Change, to be held in Turin, Italy, from 6-7 May 2013.

The event will bring together global specialists to discuss and debate the latest initiatives in the development of smart cities, with a view to determining the best path forward in leveraging ICTs to enhance cities’ environmental sustainability.

The 2013 symposium is organized by ITU in partnership with the Italian Ministry of Economic Development, and will be hosted by Telecom Italia at its innovation centre in Turin. It builds on the success of previous ITU symposia on ICTs and the environment that have been held, since 2008, in Kyoto, London, Quito, Seoul, Cairo, Accra and Montreal.

This year’s symposium will be held in conjunction with the first meeting of the new ITU-T Focus Group on Smart Sustainable Cities, to be held on 8 May, as well as with a special Workshop on Human Exposure to Electromagnetic Fields, which will take place on 9 May 2013.

All events are free of charge and open to any interested party, and all also offer online ‘remote participation’.

Find more information, including practical information on hotels and visas and details of how to register as an onsite or online participant here.


8th ITU Symposium on ICTs, the Environment and Climate Change


6-7 May 2013


Telecom Italia Lab, via Olivetti 6, Torino, Italy



Representatives from government, the private-sector, international organizations, NGOs, standards development organizations, and ICT- and environment-focused industry associations, consortia and fora.


The full programme is available here. Items on the agenda include:

  • Energy efficiency, clean power and the smart grid as engines for sustainable urban growth

  • Assessing environmental impacts in cities 
  • Integrated ICT solutions for smart sustainable cities and empowered citizens
  • Tackling e-waste and solid waste issues in cities
  • ICTs and climate monitoring
  • Climate change adaptation and emergency telecommunications in urban areas
  •  Smart sustainable cities

Media registration to attend this event is essential. Journalists are requested to confirm their attendance to pressevent@itu.int by close of business Thursday 2 May.

Photos from event will be available for download from ITU’s Flickr site at: www.flickr.com/photos/itupictures/

For more information on this event please contact:

Sarah Parkes
Chief, Media Relations & Public Information, ITU
telephone +41 22 730 6135
email sarah.parkes@itu.int
Toby Johnson
Senior Communications Officer
telephone +41 22 730 5877
tel +41 79 249 4868
email toby.johnson@itu.int 


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