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
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