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 Monday, April 16, 2012
Program announced for 7th ITU symposium on ICTs, the environment and climate change  

The Seventh ITU Symposium on ICTs, the Environment and Climate Change will take place on 29-31 May 2012 in Montreal, Canada.  The event, which is co-organized with the government of Canada, will be hosted by Prompt and will bring together leading specialists in the field, from policy-makers to engineers, designers, planners, government officials, regulators, standards experts and others. The event aims to continue to move the Climate Change agenda forward on using ICTs to monitor climate change, mitigate and adapt to its effects and, in this light, identify future requirements for ITU’s related work – including standardization of ICT equipment and networks as well as development activities.

Taking place over three days, the Montreal symposium will include sessions on the green ICT opportunity; ITU methodologies for the environmental impact assessment of the ICT Sector; greening ICT infrastructures; greening through ICT;  e-waste; radio communications to monitor the climate and how ICTs can help countries to adapt to the effects of climate change emergency telecommunications for public protection. Speakers will include representatives from the Government of Canada, ITU, UNFCCC, Greenpeace, Alcatel Lucent, France Telecom, Telefonica, Intel, and Microsoft among others.

One of the main outputs of the symposium will be to define a set of possible goals, commitments and modalities for the ICT sector in the lead up to the 2012 ITU World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly and United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20). The purpose is to strengthen the collaboration between the ICT sector and environmental communities.  

Click here to get additional information about the symposium, including information about registration and an updated program of the event.  

Find more about ITU’s activities on climate change at www.itu.int/climate