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 Tuesday, July 05, 2011
Sixth ITU Symposium on ICTs and climate change to open this week in Accra, Ghana  

The Sixth ITU Symposium on ICTs, the Environment and Climate Change will be opened on 7-8 of July in Accra, Ghana by the Director of ITU’s Telecommunication Standardization Bureau, Mr Malcolm Johnson, and their excellences Ms Sherry Ayittey, Minister of Environment, Science and Technology of Ghana and Mr Haruna Iddrisu, Minister of Communications of Ghana.

Key sessions to be held throughout the 2-day event will include the High-Level Segment “From Cancun via Accra to Durban – A Roadmap on ICTs, Climate Change and the Environment”, which will aim to set transparent policy objectives and targets to measure and improve government green ICT strategies. Speakers at this session will include, among others their excellences Mr Ruhakana Rugunda, Minister of Information and Communication Technology of Uganda and Mr Nelson Chamisa, Minister of Information and Communication Technology of Zimbabwe, together with Mr. Kyle Whitehill, CEO of Vodafone Ghana and M. Lawrence Atiase, Secretary General of the African Broadcasting Union.

The symposium will cover a broad number of topics related with the key role of ICTs to address climate change and environmental protection. Topics will range from climate change adaptation space and climate change and the impacts of e-waste. Overall more than 30 speakers will take part in the event, covering the points of view of governmental agencies, such as the Environmental Protection Agency of Ghana, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications of Japan, JapanMeteoFrance or NASA, private sector companies, such as Microsoft, RIM, HP or France Telecom, or international organizations, such as the UNFCCC, WMO or the Secretariat of the Basel Convention, among others.

The event will be chaired by Mr. Paarock Vanpercy, Director General of the National Communications Authority (NCA) of Ghana. Click here to access the full program of the symposium. For more information on ITU’s activities on climate change refer to www.itu.int/climate.