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Overview: ITU's Role in Climate Change

As a global organization with 193 Member States and more than 700 Sector Members representing industry, as well as 40 academic institutions, ITU will offer its unique sectoral competences to play a leading role in developing an integrated approach to the relation between ICTs and climate change, focusing on key elements of the Bali process and negotiation framework, notably technology, climate data and monitoring, adaptation and mitigation. ITU will work closely with its membership to lead efforts to achieve a climate neutral ICT industry.

As the specialized agency of the United Nations responsible for telecommunications/ICTs, ITU is committed to working in partnership with other organizations to contribute to the fight against climate change and will participate actively in meetings of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and contribute its expertise in telecommunications/ICTs to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). It will join in the effort of the UN system to “deliver as one” to address climate change and will take steps to deepen the global understanding of the relation between ICTs and climate change.

As a responsible member of the global community, ITU will join the UN commitment to lead by example by achieving climate-neutral status within three years. ITU will continue to promote the use of ICTs to strengthen and develop scientific and industrial tools in all areas, to the fullest extent possible, to combat climate change.



Photo: Dr Hamadoun I. Touré, ITU Secretary-General"ITU is committed to achieving climate neutrality and to working with our membership to promote the use of ICTs as an effective tool to combat climate change"

Hamadoun I. Touré
ITU Secretary-General

Photo: Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General

"Climate change is the moral challenge of our generation ...

... ITU is one of the most important stakeholders in terms of climate change

Ban Ki-moon
UN Secretary-General

Photo: Srgian Kerim, President of the UN General Assembly"ICT will be instrumental in helping to develop new, climate-friendly technologies that can help economies growth sustainably and reduce emissions in the years ahead"

Srgjan Kerim
President, UN General Assembly


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