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High-Level Panel on Climate Change and ICTs
20 May 2009


This High-Level Panel will provide panelists with an opportunity to exchange views on climate change by providing an overview of the role of ICTs in the wider context of the efforts by developed countries to implement the Kyoto Protocol and by all countries to commit to more ambitious reductions as part of the Bali Action Plan and negotiations under the UNFCCC.

Climate change is a concern for all humanity and requires efforts on the part of everyone, including the information and communication technologies (ICTs) sector. ICTs contribute an estimated 2.5 per cent of total greenhouse gases, and this share will grow as usage of ICTs expands at a faster rate than the general economy.

Although ICTs are part of the cause of global warming, they can also be part of the solution. ICTs play a vital role in monitoring changes in the climate, helping to identify new weather patterns and the extent of global warming. ICTs can also contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions produced by transportation and travel through the use of teleconferences and telecommunication technologies to work at home.

PROGRAMME - Wednesday, 20 May 2009 - Room B1, ITU Headquarters
09:00 - 11:00
 

Opening remarks
Mr. Malcolm Johnson, Director of the ITU Telecommunication Standardization Bureau

  Moderator
Mr. Arthur B. Levin, Head, ITU Telecommunication Standardization Policy Division
  H.E. Mr. Mauricio Montalvo, Ambassador, Permanent Mission of Ecuador to the United Nations Office at Geneva
  H. E. Ms. Marie-Louise Overvad, Ambassador, Permanent Mission of Denmark to the United Nations Office at Geneva
  Climate Monitoring
Jean-Michel Rainer, Consultant, WMO
  Presentation of SMART 2020 Report
Mr. Luis Neves, GeSI Chairman 
  Adapting to climate change with ICTs
Mr. Matthew Bateson, Managing Director, Energy and Climate, World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)
  Mr. Art Reilly, Director of Technical Standards, Cisco
  Question and answers
Closing remarks
Mr. Arthur B. Levin, Head, ITU Telecommunication Standardization Policy Division
 
 
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