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 ITU Symposium on ICTs and the Environment & Climate Change
 Accra, Ghana, 7-8 July 2011 Contact:

ITU organized the Sixth Symposium on ICTs, the Environment and Climate Change on 7-8 July in Ghana. The event was hosted by the Ministry of Communications (MOC) of Ghana.

This was the sixth symposium on climate change following successful events held between 2008 and 2010 in Kyoto, London, Quito, Seoul and Cairo. The Symposium was preceded by a Training Seminar on Conformity and Interoperability for Africa that was held from 4 to 6 July 2011, in Accra, Ghana.

The main purpose of the event was to move forward the agenda 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. (see Resolution 73 of the 2008 World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly (WTSA-08), Resolution 66 of the 2010 World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC-10) and Resolution 182 of the 2010 Plenipotentiary Conference (PP-10)).

The symposium in Ghana focused on the issue of ICTs, the environment and climate change in Africa and the needs of developing countries. Topics discussed included mitigation and adaptation to climate change, e-waste, disaster planning, cost-effective ICT technologies, methodologies for the environmental impact assessment of ICTs, challenges and opportunities in the transition to a green and resource efficient economy.

The symposium concluded with a Call to Action addressing climate change and the forthcoming United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP17-CMP7), to be held in Durban, South Africa in November 2011 and for the first time sustainability and the 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD 2012 or Rio+20).

The symposium brought together leading specialists in the field, from top policy-makers to engineers, designers, planners, government officials, regulators, standards experts and others.


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Previous Symposia

ITU and Climate Change

As the steward of the global framework for spectrum, ITU’s Radiocommunication Sector (ITU-R) allocates the necessary radio-frequency spectrum/satellite orbits and develops standards for operation of all wireless systems including those involved in climate monitoring and climate change prediction [ more… ]

ITU's Telecommunication Standardization Sector (ITU-T) develops standards that are used, for instance, in promoting energy efficiency, safe disposal and recycling of telecommunication/ICT equipment, and next-generation networks. [ more… ]

ITU's Telecommunication Development Sector (ITU-D) works on promoting a role for ICTs in the protection of the environment in its e-Environment and e-Sustainability programmes. [ more… ]

The General Secretariat coordinates ITU efforts and for example actively participates in the work of the UN Chief Executives Board and its subsidiary bodies on developing a unified and collaborative UN strategy to combat climate change, including a matrix on activities of each agency and program. [ more… ]

WSIS ICT Success Stories highlight some of the ongoing and successful ICT development projects in the field of e-Environment taking place around the world. [ more… ]

Invitation letter (ITU-SG Circular 22)

Programme, Bios & Presentations

Accra Call to Action on ICTs, the Environment and Climate Change


Resources on ICTs and Climate Change

Our reference site provides links to external resources: background papers, additional information, statistics, and examples, that cover the positive and negative impact that ICTs have on the climate. [ more… ]

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