ITU involvement in the IGF programme
Dynamic Coalition on
Internet and Climate Change
The dynamic coalition on Internet and Climate Change (I&CC)
is an open organization committed to moderating the
environmental impact of the Internet and to seeking new ways
to embrace the power of the Internet for reducing greenhouse
gas emissions worldwide and to enable transformation in line
with the objectives set and to be set under the UNFCCC.
Internet and Climate Change...
Internet and Climate Change...
Thematic Workshop on Internet and Climate Change
It is estimated that the ICT Sector produces directly some
2-3 per cent of total emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG)
and this share will increase as ICTs and the Internet
continue to grow. Broadband deployment and the increasingly
intense use of the Internet will contribute to the rise in
GHG emissions. Although ICTs contribute to global warming,
they can also help in reducing the GHG emissions of other
sectors. For example, by replacing the need for travel and
by improving transport efficiency, ICTs help to reduce the
carbon footprint of individuals and companies.
This Event will examine what the ICT industry can do to
reduce its own carbon footprint and how it can help other
sectors to combat climate change. It will look at the
mitigation impact of ICTs on other sectors of the economy
and the impact of new communication technologies and the
evolving nature of the Internet. It will examine what kind
of objectives might be established for the reduction in GHG
emissions through ICTs that could be achieved through ITU
standards. The role of ICTs in helping developing countries
to adapt to climate change will also be addressed.
Dynamic Coalition on Accessibility and Disability
Following an ITU-T workshop on accessibility last year at
the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Rio, a Dynamic
Coalition on Accessibility and Disability (DCAD) has been
established by ITU-T.
The DCAD will facilitate interaction between relevant bodies
and ensure that information and communications technologies
(ICT) accessibility and tools to facilitate it are included
in the key debates around Internet governance.
DCAD aims to help build a future where all sectors of the global
community have equal access to communications and online
information as well as the ability to participate in IGF
discussions and seminars.
Accessibility and Disability...
Thematic Workshop on Accessibility and Disability:
Including Accessibility and Human Factors in the Universalization of the
Internet - How to reach persons with disabilities, the 10% of the next billion
The workshop will highlight the necessity to make the
Internet accessible to all, regardless of individual
capabilities of different users. This impacts not only the
need to eliminate information depravation but also to
eliminate social economic discrimination. Access to the
Internet is important for all people of all nations so that
they can benefit from e-commerce, e-health, e-education and
in general e-communications. Including the needs of persons
with disabilities in the planning of the Universalization of
the Internet will facilitate reaching the next billion and
will increase the participation in the Global Internet
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Open Forum on Cybersecurity
legal, technical and institutional challenges posed by the issue of cybersecurity are global and
far-reaching, and can only be addressed through a
coherent strategy taking into account the role of
different stakeholders and existing initiatives, within
a framework of international cooperation. ITU is
developing its role - in building confidence and
security in the use of ICTs - through several diverse
initiatives in order to promote a culture of
cybersecurity, raise awareness of the issues involved,
develop tools promoting end-user confidence and provide
technical assistance to Member States.
This open forum will look at Global Challenges and
Global Action, Cybersecurity Work Programmes to Assist
Developing Countries and the Role of Standardization in
Best Practice Forum on Child Online Protection
the developed world – and increasingly in the developing world too – the
Internet is ubiquitous. While this has brought untold benefits, it has
also raised new issues, especially concerning the safety of children.
Today, a large number of Internet users consist of children who may be
exposed to all kinds of negative content online due to lack of controls
This Forum will look at the dangers facing children on the Internet
today, ease of access to current, new and emerging ICTs and
recommendations and key activities in the domain of child online
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- Workshop Proposals from ITU for Third IGF
- Through the
Global Cybersecurity Agenda (GCA), ITU will coordinate
international efforts to promote Cybersecurity
- Intervention of Mr. Malcolm Johnson,
Director of the Telecommunication Standardization Bureau, at
the IGF consultation meetings, 13 May 2008 (extracted from
transcript of the proceedings)