The issue of climate change has
emerged as a global concern and requires global collaboration by
all concerned, in particular the developing countries (which are
the most vulnerable group of countries with respect to climate
change); international initiatives in this domain are seeking to
develop sustainable development and identify ways and means in
which lCTs can monitor such climate change and reduce overall
global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
In this respect, the outcomes of ITU-T
and ITU-R Resolutions and Recommendations and in particular
Resolution 73 (Johannesburg, 2008) and ITU-R Resolution 673
(WRC-07) should serve as a basis for the study of this Question.
2 Question for study
There is a variety and several issues
that members will address within the four coming years of this
Question. It is proposed that the following steps for the study
are expected to play a major role in the future in order to meet
the objective of this Question:
In close collaboration with the
relevant Programme(s) of the BDT the regional needs for such
applications by developing countries shall be identified.
To elaborate a methodology for the
implementation of this Question, in particular gather
evidence and information regarding current best practices
being taken to reduce overall global greenhouse gas (GHG)
emissions taking into consideration progress achieved by the
ITU-T and ITU-R in this regard shall be adopted.
To consider the role of Earth
observation in climate change, as determined by the
implementation of ITU-R Resolution 673 (Radiocommunications
use for Earth observation applications) in order to enhance
the knowledge and understanding of developing countries in
the utilization and benefits of relevant applications in
connection of climate change.
To develop best practice
guidelines for the implementation of relevant
Recommendations adopted by the ITU-T as a result of the
implementation of Resolution No. 73 (Johannesburg, 2008)
both for monitoring climate changes, and reducing the impact
of the climate change using the action plan of Resolution 44
(Rev.08 Johannesburg) in particular programmes 1, 2, 3 and 4
of this Resolution.
3 Expected output
The output will be a report on the
results of the work concluded for each step identified above,
taking into account the specific needs of developing countries.
Other outputs could be the organization of workshops and
seminars for the developing countries, in relation with the
relevant ITU-D Programme and in consultation with ITU-T and ITU-R
related Study Groups.
The output will be generated on a
yearly basis; the output for the first year will be analysed and
assessed in order to update the work for the next year and so
An interim report will be produced by
2012. The final report is due by the end of 2013.
The Question is to be approved by
6 Source of inputs
Contributions are expected from:
Member States, Sector Members and
Associates as well as inputs from:
Relevant BDT programmes and
particularly those ICT initiatives which were successfully
implemented for climate change.
Regional needs as identified by
relevant Questionnaire and/or workshops on the subject.
Regional and/or national action
plans and/or results in combating climate change.
Progress achieved by ITU-T and ITU-R
Study Groups in this domain, in particular the results of
the Joint Coordination Activity on ICTs and Climate Change (JCA-ICTCC).
Progress achieved by United
Nations Intergovernmental panel on climatic change (IPCC)
and other similar initiative(s).
7 Target audience