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2011 United Nations
Climate Change Conference

28 November - 9 December 2011


The world economy hinges on the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs), and these should naturally form part of any discussion on how environmental concerns can be better addressed by public policy and economic activity.

The Coalition on ICTs and Climate Change is an initiative that aims at bringing together in an informal group a selection of the key actors working on the field of ICTs and climate change. Initiated by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) the coalition is a response to a call for a united ICT voice on the virtues of ICT in combating climate change.

The coalition provides an informal and open forum for active stakeholders and proactive governments to share information on their activities and prepare a joint package of activities for future global events (such as UNFCCC Conference of Parties or Rio+20), showcasing success stories, tools and innovations from the ICT sector and from each participant organization.


The coalition aims to fulfill four major objectives:

  1. Raise awareness of ICT and related technologies’ role in addressing the causes and effects of climate change;

  2. Showcase innovative initiatives being undertaken by the ICT sector in the interests of environmental sustainability, and promote the exchange of best practices between the public and private sectors;

  3. Mobilize political will to better reflect the role of ICTs in the outcomes produced by the major conferences on climate change and sustainable development;

  4. Encourage governments to include ICTs and related technologies as key elements of their national climate change policies, across all industry sectors.

Bolstering collaboration on these main objectives, the coalition seeks to synergize the messages being expressed by actors in the ICT field; the message that ICT can enable low-carbon economies, and that 21st century governments, regulators and businesses cannot afford to exclude ICT from policy or business initiatives to green our global economy.

Members of the coalition

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1 December is ICT day at COP-17

  • From 13h to 20h
    Digital Media Lounge
    ICT Day at the Digital Media Lounge

  • 13h15 to 14h45
    Climate change adaptation and ICTs: enabling innovative strategies 

    (UNFCCC side event)

  • 16h45 to 18h15
    ICTs and mitigation
    Side event

Access the list of all side events
COP17 official site

Program for COP-17

Date Activity Convening Organization
28/11 to 9/12
Joint stand on ICTs and climate change
ITU stand
13h – 20h
Resource efficiency Technologies Day at the Digital Media Lounge
TechAmerica, ITU, UNFCCC
Poliwiki launch and press conference
Room "Kozi Palm"
13h15 - 14h45

Side event: ICTs and adaptation UNFCCC
16h45 - 18h15

Side event: ICTs and mitigation TechAmerica, GeSI,
13h - 20h

ICT Day at the Digital Media Lounge UNFCCC, ITU, TechAmerica

Launching of the "Transformative step of the day"
(press conference)
6/12 to 8/12 "Transformative step of the day" at the Digital Media Lounge GeSI

More information available at the UNFCCC Daily Programme


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