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Dialogue on Sustainable Digital Transformation in Asia and the Pacific

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​​​ International Telecommunication Union (ITU) together with other entities and United Nations organizations organized the Dialogue on Sustainable Digital Transformation in Asia and the Pacific that took place virtually on 19 October 2021 from 10h00 to 13h00 CEST. The dialogue was held in conjunction with  ITU-T Study Group 5 Regional Group Meeting for  Asia and the Pacific (SG5RG-AP)​ and took place on 19 and 20 October 2021.​

In anticipation of COP26, ITU organized a regional dialogue on Sustainable Digital Transformation in Asia and the Pacific. The event highlighted the importance of sustainability and energy efficiency in driving digital transformation and meeting the Net-Zero challenge, in line with the targets set in the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goal. 

The event placed a special focus on the sustainable digital transformation progress in the Asia and the Pacific region. It also discussed the role of international standards in guiding the implementation of energy efficient ICT and achieve Net-Zero within the ICT sector as well as other sectors. 

The event gathered ICT experts, industry specialists, the academia, representatives from the Asia Pacific region and other relevant stakeholders who identified and discussed the key challenges and opportunities in digital transformation across different city functions. 


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Programme

​​​10:00 - 10:15
Opening Remarks 
​10:15 - 11:30Session 1: Sustainable Digital Transformation in Asia and the Pacific - Opportunities and Challenges

This session will explore the opportunities and challenges digital transformation is bringing to the Asia and Pacific region. Panelists from the region will share their experiences on using digital technologies to drive urban development. It will also highlight the need to achieve Net-Zero in digital transformation in order to deliver high impact solutions. 

Moderator: Katja Schaefer​​, Inter-regional Advisor, United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat)
Questions & Answers
​11:30 - 11:45Break
​11:45 - 12:55Session 2: The road to COP26 - Achieving energy efficiency and Net-Zero with in digital technologies
 
The session will examine the importance of green innovation and energy efficient ICTs and digital technologies in meeting the Net-Zero challenge, accelerate the energy transition, and achieve the climate targets in the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals. It will also highlight the role of international standards in guiding the ICT sector to reach net-zero and reducing the environmental impacts of the entire ICT value chain. 

Moderator: Qi ShuguangChairman, ITU-T SG5RG-AP: "Environment, Climate Change and Circular Economy" [Presentation]Questions & Answers
​12:55 - 13:00​​​
​Closing Remarks