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13th Symposium on ICT, Environment and Climate Change

2019 Theme: “The role of frontier technologies in combating climate change and achieving a circular economy"
Geneva, Switzerland,13 May 2019​


​11:00 - 11:15
​11:15 - 11:30
Opening Remarks
​11:30 - 12:30
Session 1: Boosting Climate Actions Using Frontier Technologies
Artificial Intelligence, blockchain, additive manufacturing, Big Data and among other frontier technologies have a transformative potential in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to climate change. This session will explore the infinite possibilities that frontier technologies have to offer in fostering low carbon, climate resilient, sustainable growth and reaching the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

Moderator: H.E. Ms Katrina Naut, Ambassador, Dominican Republic [ Biography ] Questions & Answers
​12:30 - 14:00
Lunch Break
​14:00 - 15:30
Session 2: Frontier Innovators: Are We There Yet?
This session will provide a platform to discuss the role of various stakeholders in fostering the use of new frontier technologies such as artificial intelligence, blockchain, etc. It will also provide an opportunity to discuss new approaches and strategies implemented by policy makers, private sector, NGOs, academia and UN representatives.

Moderator: H.E. Ms Makeda Antoine-Cambridge, Ambassador, Trinidad and Tobago
[ Biography ] Questions & Answers
​15:30 - 16:00
Coffee Break
​​16:00 - 17:00Session 3: The Impacts of E-waste on Climate Change and Moving to a Circular Economy
The mismanagement of e-waste contributes significantly to carbon emissions. The environmental footprint of frontier technologies, which often involve the deployment of ICT, is frequently overlooked. This session will provide a platform to discuss strategies on greening the supply chain of the ICT sector and the role of international standards in supporting cities in transitioning to a circular economy.

Moderator: Ms Kari Eik, Secretary General, OiER
[ Biography Questions & Answers
​​17:00 - 17:30Closing Remarks