The Information Society provides great opportunities to address some of the
key global challenges related with the promotion of sustainable development and
the preservation of the environment. But what exactly is the role of
Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in tackling climate change and
how can they move forward the sustainable development agenda?
These questions have been addressed since 2003 in the multi-stakeholder
process of the World Summit of Information Society (WSIS), in particular through
the implementation of action line C7 - ICT applications, e-environment of the
WSIS Geneva Plan of Action, which establishes the foundations for an Information
Society for all.
Action line C7 focuses on environmental issues such as climate monitoring,
adaptation to climate change, making better use of natural resources, recycling
and disposing of end-of-life ICT equipment in an environmentally sound manner,
and reduction of the carbon footprint of multiple sectors, including the ICT
industry. These and other issues will be discussed during the “E-environment
day at WSIS Forum 2011”, to be held in Geneva (Switzerland) on
Wednesday 18 May 2011 under the theme “Go Smart, move Green”.
The event, organized by ITU together with the Basel Convention, UNEP and WMO,
will also review the progress made so far in the implementation of this action
line. Get engaged in the event and take part in workshops, interactive
discussions, publication releases and networking sessions. Participation will be
open to all stakeholders, including governments, private sector, civil society,
academia, as well as international and regional institutions.
Join the Green ICT community by taking part in this event
either on-site or remotely, presenting your recent publications during the
event, or displaying the most recent activities from your organization at the
e-environment exhibition stand.
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