Please find below the upcoming work of the General Secretariat (GS), Telecommunication Standardization Bureau (TSB), Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT) and Radiocommunication Bureau (BR) on the thematic area of environment, climate change and e-waste:
General Secretariat (GS) Activities
- To strengthen collaboration on addressing the global e-waste challenge, and in line with the efforts of the EMG, ITU proposed to create a new e-waste Coalition. Besides strengthening collaboration, this Coalition is tasked to develop knowledge sharing facilities, and foster engagement with other key stakeholders, including the private sector. The e-waste Coalition was launched during a signing ceremony, with the signing of a non-binding Letter of Intent, during the high-level segment of the WSIS Forum 2018.
- ITU hosted a meeting for the partners of the SMARTer2030 Action Coalition (led by GeSI), on 19 March 2018 in Geneva on the margins of WSIS Forum.
- COP23 took place from 6-17 November in Bonn, Germany. ITU main activities included a keynote address at the Deutsche Telekom – GeSI event on the “Impact of ICT on Climate Change- Curse or Blessing” on 14 November; panellist at the ICT solutions/Momentum for Change side event on 16 November; and ITU also contributed to the UN exhibit on Sustainable Cities and Communities providing information on the United for Smart Sustainable Cities (U4SSC) initiative;
23rd Senior Officials Meeting of the Environment Management Group was held in New York from 18 to 20 September 2017. ITU reiterated during the technical segment considering the IMG on Tackling E-Waste, its commitment to remain engaged;
- ITU Secretariat attended the 18th GeSI General Assembly and Board Meeting (30 May - 1 July 2017 in Madrid).
- ITU contributed to background document of the Technical Expert Meeting on Adaptation (TEM-A) that the Adaptation Committee organized during the last Climate Change Conference in Bonn held from 16 to 17 May 2017(http://tep-a.org/). The document focused on the SDGs and addresses thematic areas such as smarter and more sustainable cities, as well as empowering communities;
- ITU participated in the 11th meeting of the Adaptation Committee (AC), held at UNFCCC Headquarters from 7-10 March 2017 in Bonn, Germany, with the objective to assess the relevance of, and potential for, ITU's contribution to the work of the Committee.
- ITU headquarters has extended its bicycle storage to 112 spaces. Therefore, there is now 1 more space available per 6 secretariat staff;
- ITU has reported its worldwide environmental footprint for the last reported year (2015), under the UN centralized reporting system and format. It was noted that ITU left a print of 3.56 tonne CO2-equiv. per person, which is just 46% of the 2015 UN system average, and which is an annual improvement of 7% since 2010. ITU’s residual footprint has been offset and our Climate Neutrality for 2015 is certified by UNFCCC. More information at
- At the 17th GeSI General Assembly, ITU hosted the GeSI Board. Additionally, the meeting of the SMARTer2030 Action Coalitions, took place in Geneva from 6 to 8 December 2016. This meeting was dedicated to the proposed work plan for 2017, which is a valuable mix of consolidated and new topics. The ITU Secretary General opened the Board Meeting and reiterated ITU’s commitment to working with GeSI in the promotion of ICT as a fundamental technology for enabling the transition to a low-carbon economy and the achievement of the SDGs;
- DSG participated as keynote speaker at COP22 at a Low Emission Solutions Conference event on Monday 14 November 2016 in the Session: ICT innovative approach to raising commitments towards climate;
- GS, DSG and TSB participated at COP-22 and co-organized a side event with GeSI and UNFCCC on 17 November 2016;
- GS co-organized a side-event on “Smart Sustainable Cities: Where we are and where we could be” on 16 October 2016 with the Habitat III Secretariat;
- ITU participated as keynote presenter in the celebration of the 2016 World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD 2016) organized in Valencia, Spain, on 19 May 2016. The event, which had the theme “ICTs and climate change”, provided a unique opportunity to present ITU’s activities to the public sector; private sector companies; and academia involved in developing green ICT solutions in the region of Valencia.
- The GLN cooling system has been on stream throughout the 2015 summer period, and has provided 924 MWhr of cooling power in 2015 that would otherwise have been sourced from electrically powered systems;
- ITU is climate neutral as of 1 January 2015, and has already offset its emissions for 2015 in advance of having final consumption figures.
- ITU's worldwide operational environmental footprint for 2014 as published in the UN consolidated document "Moving Towards Climate Neutrality" is 3.2 tonne CO2 equivalent per person under the management, as compared with the UN average of 8.3 tonne per person.
Telecommunication Standardization Bureau (TSB) activities
- The United for Smart Sustainable Cities (U4SSC) initiative is working on the following deliverables, namely:
- Guidelines on tools and mechanisms to finance SSC projects;
- Guidelines on strategies for circular cities;
- City science application framework;
- Guiding principles for artificial intelligence in cities;
- Blockchain 4 cities; and
- Thematic Group on "The Impact of Frontier Technologies in Cities":
- The impact of Sensing technologies and IoT in Cities.
- The impact of Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Computing in Cities.
- The impact of Data Processing and Computation in Cities.
- TSB continues to represent ITU in the UNIDO/GEF project, Step Initiative,
PACE initiative and
GPWM and regularly participates in their associated meetings;
- The next meeting of ITU-T Study Group 5 "Environment, Climate Change and Circular Economy" will take place from 11 to 21 September 2018 in Geneva, Switzerland;
- The International Telecommunication Union, at the kind invitation of the Ministry of Communication Technologies and Digital Economy of Tunisia, is organizing the Second ITU Workshop on Data Processing and Management for IoT and Smart Cities & Communities which will take place on 17 September 2018 in Tunis, Tunisia;
- The 2018 World Smart City Forum is organized by ITU in partnership with IEC and ISO and hosted by the Government of the Province of Santa Fe and the Universidad Tecnologica Nacional. It will take place on 29 November 2018 in Santa Fe, Argentina;
- The next meeting of ITU-T Study Group 20 "Internet of things and smart cities & communities" will take place from 3-13 December 2018 in Wuxi, China;
- The International Telecommunication Union, at the kind invitation of China Academy of Information and Communications Technology, is organizing the ITU Forum on Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things and Smart Cities, that will take place on 3 December 2018 in Wuxi, China;
- The next meeting of ITU-T Study Group 5 Regional Group for Asia and the Pacific meeting will take place on 3 December 2018 in Wuxi, China;
- The Joint Coordination Activity on Internet of Things and Smart Cities and Communities (JCA-IoT and SC&C) will take place on 6 December 2018 in Wuxi, China;
- TSB and UNFCCC are collaborating in the development of resource material for UNFCCC delegates based on the joint ITU/UNFCCC report on climate change adaptation in cities;
- Collaboration and Cooperation with the Basel Convention and UNIDO on e-waste management is ongoing;
- Pilot projects are being carried out in over 50 cities worldwide to implement the key performance indicators (KPIs) for smart sustainable cities and assess the "smartness" and "sustainability" of participating cities in collaboration with the other 16 UN agencies and programmes.
- TSB together with the Ministry of Digital Policy, Telecommunications and Media, Greece, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and and the Permanent Mission of the United Arab Emirates to the United Nations New York organized a side event on “Shaping Smarter and More Sustainable Cities: Striving for Sustainable Development Goals” during the High Level Political Forum 2018 in New York. The side event took place on 12 July 2018.
- TSB collaborated with the Regional office of the Asia-Pacific to organize the 4th Asia-Pacific Regional Forum on Smart Sustainable Cities and e-Government from 4 to 6 July 2018 in Thanh Hoa, Vietnam;
IoT Week 2018 took place from 4 to 7 June 2018 in Bilbao, Spain;
SG11RG-EECAT meeting took place from 4 to 6 June 2018 in Saint Petersburg, Russia. The meeting was combined with ITU Regional Forum on "Internet of Things, Telecommunication Networks and Big Data as Basic Infrastructure for Digital Economy" which took place in the mornings of 4, 5 and 6 June 2018. This conference is organized jointly by TSB and ITU Area Office for CIS;
ITU/WMO/UNESCO-IOC Joint Task Force on SMART (Science Monitoring and Reliable Telecommunications) submarine Cables Systems developed a strategy and roadmap to add climate and hazard monitoring sensors to repeaters on submarine telecommunication cables to create a global real-time ocean observation network. A series of workshops have advanced this concept and identified the need for a "Wet Demonstrator" project as an essential element in the development and acceptance of telecommunications systems incorporating scientific sensors for environmental monitoring. This Joint Task Force is now advancing to a Wet Demonstrator Project in partnership with industry and research cabled ocean observatories. In order to identify qualified candidates to provide materials and services needed to realize the Wet Demonstrator project, an RFI (request for information) was sent to various organizations at the end of 2016. Several positive responses were received and they are now under study. Information on this Task Force including publications and workshop information is available at its webpage;
First Forum on Artificial Intelligence and Internet of things in Latin America took place on 29 and 30 May 2018 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The Forum was co-organized with the Ministry of Modernization, Argentina; UNIDO, UNESCO, ECLAC, CITEL, COMTELCA and ASIET. The Forum provided a platform to discuss the role of AI and IoT in shaping smarter and more sustainable cities and addressing urban challenges, with the ultimate objective of improving the quality of life of people. The Forum concluded with the Buenos Aires Declaration;
Information Session on "Exploring the Role of Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Linking AI and IoT in Smart Cities" and their participation in ITU-T Study Groups was organized on 30 May from 09.30 to 11.30 a.m.;
ITU-T Study Group 20 "Internet of things (IoT) and Smart Cities and Communities (SC&C)" took place from 6 to 16 May 2018 in Cairo, Egypt.
- The following events were held in conjunction with ITU-T SG20:
- During the SG20 meeting:
1 Recommendation was approved: Recommendation ITU-T Y.4500.2 on oneM2M- Requirements.
9 draft Recommendations were consented, namely:
- Draft Recommendation ITU-T Y.4120 (ex. Y.IoT-Retail-Reqts) on Requirements of Internet of Things applications for smart retail stores;
- Draft Recommendation ITU-T Y.4121 (ex.Y.IoT-GP-Reqts) on Requirements of an Internet of Things enabled network for support of applications for global processes of the earth;
- Draft Recommendation ITU-T Y.4001 (ex.Y.SmartMan-IIoT-overview) on Overview of smart manufacturing in the context of Industrial Internet of Things;
- Draft Recommendation ITU-T Y.4416 (ex.Y.NGNe-IoT-arch) on Architecture of the Internet of Things based on NGNe;
- Draft Recommendation ITU-T Y.4417 (ex.Y.IoT-son) on Framework of self-organization network in the IoT environments;
- Draft Recommendation ITU-T Y.4418 (ex.Y.gw-IoT-arch) on Functional architecture of gateway for IoT applications;
- Draft Recommendation ITU-T Y.4500.32 (ex.Y.oneM2M.MAF.MEF) on oneM2M-MAF and MEF Interface Specification;
- Draft Recommendation ITU-T Y.4457 (ex.Y.TPS-afw) on Architectural framework for providing transportation safety service; and
- Draft Recommendation ITU-T Y.4415 (ex. Y.WoO-hn) on Architecture of web of objects based virtual home network.
14 new work items were approved, namely on: Services and high-level requirements of smart airports for interaction with external platforms; Framework for Internet of Things Ecosystem Master Plan; Framework and capabilities for Smart Livestock Farming Based on Internet of Things; Accessibility Requirements for Smart Public Transportation Services; Capabilities and framework of edge computing-enabled gateway in the IoT; Architectural reference model of devices for IoT applications; Decentralized IoT communication architecture based on ICN and blockchain; Functional architecture of cellular-radio network capability exposure for smart hospital based on Internet of things; Functional architecture of network-based driving assistance for autonomous vehicles; Functional architecture for unmanned aerial vehicles and unmanned aerial vehicle controllers using IMT-2020 networks; Reference architecture of spare computational capability exposure of IoT devices for smart home; Algorithm Agility for IT Systems and Supporting Infrastructure used in the Internet of Things; Framework of IoT-devices authentication in Smart City; and Interaction between physical and digital cities for building Smart Sustainable City.
- It was decided to extend the lifetime of the FG-DPM by until July 2019.
The Focus Group on Data Processing and Management to support IoT and Smart Cities & Communities (FG-DPM) met from 1 to 3 May 2018 in Cairo, Egypt. The report of the meeting is available
The Working Party 1/5 "EMC, lightning protection, EMF" took place from 21 to 25 May 2018.
During the meeting:
5 revised Recommendations were consented, namely:
- Draft Recommendation ITU-T K.20 "Resistibility of telecommunication equipment installed in a telecommunication centre to overvoltages and overcurrents"
- Draft Recommendation ITU-T K.21 "Resistibility of telecommunication equipment installed in customer premises to overvoltages and overcurrents"
- Draft Recommendation ITU-T K.44 "Resistibility tests for telecommunication equipment exposed to overvoltages and overcurrents – Basic Recommendation"
- Draft Recommendation ITU-T K.45 "Resistibility of telecommunication equipment installed in the access and trunk networks to overvoltages and overcurrents"
- Draft Recommendation ITU-T K.90 "Evaluation techniques and working procedures for compliance with exposure limits of network operator personnel to power-frequency electromagnetic fields"
5 informative texts were agreed, namely:
- ITU-T K.Suppl.12 to Recommendation ITU-T K.51 "Narrow pin spacing in connectors potential hazards"
- Appendix I to ITU-T K.70 "Mitigation techniques to limit human exposure to EMF's within vicinity of radiocommunication stations"
- Appendix II of ITU-T K.121 "Guidance on the Environmental Management for Electromagnetic Radiation from Radiocommunication Base Stations"
- ITU-T K.Suppl.13 to K series Recommendations "Radiofrequency electromagnetic field (RF-EMF) exposure levels from mobile and portable devices during different conditions of use".
- ITU-T K.Suppl.13 to K series Recommendations "The impact of RF-EMF exposure limits stricter than the ICNIRP or IEEE guidelines on 4G and 5G mobile network deployment"
7 new work items were approved, namely on: The impact of RF-EMF exposure limits stricter than the ICNIRP or IEEE guidelines on 4G and 5G mobile network deployment; Appropriate use of personal dosimeters for human exposure to RF EMF; Comparison between peak and real exposure in the long term considerations; Impact of the metallic structures for the EMF exposure level; Small base stations – impact on the overall exposure level; Guidance on Determining the Compliance Boundaries (the exclusion zone) of a Live Antenna; and Electromagnetic compatibility requirements for electrical equipment in telecommunication facilities (K.123 rev).
- The first ITU-T Study Group 5 and Study Group 20 Regional Groups for Latin America (SG5RG-LATAM) and (SG20RG-LATAM) meetings took place on 19 and 20 April 2018 in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia.
- ITU-T SG5RG-LATAM experts identified the priorities in their countries and agreed that the main priorities for the Latin America region are:
- Handling and management of waste electrical and electronic equipment for developing countries.
- Human exposure to electromagnetic fields.
The report of the meeting is available here.
- ITU-T SG20RG-LATAM experts identified the priorities in their countries and agreed that the main priorities for the Latin American region are:
- Foster the implementation of the Key Performance Indicators for Smart and Sustainable Cities developed through the United for Smart Sustainable Cities (U4SSC) initiative and based on Recommendation ITU-T Y.4903/L.1603 on "Key performance indicators for smart sustainable cities to assess the achievement of sustainable development goals".
- Smart services, applications and support platforms.
- Share proposed public policy initiatives to foster transformation to smart and sustainable cities in Latin America.
The report of the meeting is available here.
- The three Regional Groups identified interoperability as a priority in their region. Therefore, in this regard, TSB was requested to strengthen collaboration with key players including by establishing a series of partnerships to set up "interop sandbox environments", which will aim to experience new emerging technologies such e-health, accessibility, IoT, etc, taking into consideration environmental aspects such as EMF and EMC and which will help to identify the standardization needs to be addressed. TSB should also consider the possibility to organize a series of forums and showcases on this issue in conjunction with other major ITU events (e.g. ITU-T or ITU-D Study Groups, etc);
- The meeting of
ITU-T Study Group 20 Regional Group for the Africa Region took place on 10 and 11 April 2018. During the meeting, the priorities of the region were identified and two working groups were created as follows: e/Smart services, applications and supporting platforms and Interoperability. The report of the meeting is available
- The meeting of
ITU-T Study Group 5 Regional Group for the Arab region (SG5RG-ARB) took place on 10 April 2018. During the meeting, the priorities of the region were identified and three working groups were created as follows: Working group on Human Exposure to Electromagnetic Fields; Working group on E-waste management to achieve a Circular Economy and Working group on Smart Energy. The report of the meeting is available
- The meeting of
ITU-T Study Group 5 Regional Group for Africa (SG5RG-AFR) took place on 9 April 2018. During the meeting, the priorities of the region were identified and three working groups were created as follows: Working group on Human Exposure to Electromagnetic Fields; Working group on E-waste management to achieve a Circular Economy and Working group on Smart Energy. The report of the meeting is available
8th Green Standards Week
took place from 9 to 12 April 2018 in Tanzania. ITU-T coordinated with the Regional Office of Africa, the Arab Region, BR and BDT for the organization of the event.
- A Working Party 2/5 "Environment, Energy Efficiency and the Circular Economy" meeting took place from 5 to 9 March 2018, in Geneva, Switzerland.
6 new Recommendations were consented: Draft Recommendation ITU-T L.1207 on "Progressive migration of a telecommunication/information and communication technology site to 400 VDC sources and distribution"; Draft Recommendation ITU-T L.1222 on "Innovative energy storage technology for stationary use - Part 3: Supercapacitor technology"; Draft Recommendation ITU-T L.1351 on "Base station site energy parameter measurement methodology"; Draft Recommendation ITU-T L.1030 on E-waste management framework for countries; Draft Recommendation ITU-T L.1450 on "Methodologies for the assessment of the environmental impact of the ICT sector" and Draft Recommendation ITU-T L.1460 on "Connect 2020 greenhouse gases emissions – Guidelines".
8 new work Items were approved on Environmental KPIs/metrics for 5G architectures; Energy efficiency and slicing of IMT2020/5G; Smart energy for cities and home applications; E-waste management framework for countries; Effects for ICT enabled autonomy on vehicles longevity and waste creation; Effect for global ICT of the potential of selling services instead of equipment on the waste creation and environmental impacts; Environmental impact of architecture solutions with regards to end of life (EoL) and Circular Economy (CE); and Methodology to assess the environmental impact of different proposed architectures.
- Progress was made during this meeting regarding draft Recommendation L.EW2020 on "Connect 2020 agenda e-waste reduction". This Recommendation is expected to be consented at the ITU-T SG5 meeting in September 2018.
- Draft Recommendation ITU-T L.1460 (ex. L. Connect2020 framework) on "Connect 2020 GHG emissions Guidelines" was consented. This Recommendation provides guidelines to reach the Connect 2020 GHG emissions target. It is intended to be utilized by relevant stakeholders, while taking into consideration the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 13 goal and the objectives of the Paris Agreement. It also presents examples of actions taken in order to limit the GHG emissions in the ICT sector.
The U4SSC held its
on 26 April 2018 in Malaga, Spain. The main objectives of the meeting were to: revise the terms of reference (ToR) of the U4SSC; present the set of deliverables developed within U4SSC in 2017; present and approve the future activities to be carried out in the U4SSC in 2018-2020. The U4SSC Action Plan approved during the meeting is available at: https://www.itu.int/en/ITU-T/ssc/201804/Documents/U4SSC-action%20plan-CB.pdf
It was agreed to work on the following deliverables:
- The impact of Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Computing in Cities;
- The impact of Data Processing and Computation in Cities; and
- The impact of Sensing technologies and IoT in Cities.
The report on the Third meeting of the U4SSC Initiative is available at: https://www.itu.int/en/ITU-T/ssc/201804/Documents/Report-for-U4SSC-26-04-2018.pdf
Additionally, all presentations and documents discussed during the meeting are available at: https://www.itu.int/en/ITU-T/ssc/201804/Pages/default.aspx
- A Workshop on “5G, EMF & Health” took place on 5 December 2017 in Warsaw, Poland. This workshop was hosted by the Ministry of Digital Affairs of Poland
and the development of the programme was coordinated with BDT and BR. The programme of the workshop is available
ITU-ETSI workshop on "Towards Setting the Environmental Requirements for 5G" took place on 23 November 2017 in Sophia Antipolis, France. All the presentations are available
- A Report on "Implementing ITU-T International Standards to Shape Smart Sustainable Cities: The Case of Singapore" was launched on 30 November 2017 by ITU Secretary General during the 17th ASEAN Telecommunications and IT Ministers Meeting in Cambodia. This case study details Singapore's journey towards becoming a smart sustainable city. It also provides a valuable reference point to other cities pursuing smart city strategies. See Press release:
New ITU case study shares insight into Singapore's 'Smart Nation' strategy;
- The SG5 Vision on Setting the Environmental Requirements for 5G/IMT-2020 project was launched in May 2017. Several Contributions were received on this topic and as a result of the discussions that took place, the following Supplements were agreed:
- ITU-T K.Suppl.8 on "Resistibility analysis of 5G systems";
- ITU-T K.Suppl.9 on " 5G technology and human exposure to RF EMF";
- ITU-T K.Suppl.10 on "Analysis of EMC aspects and definition of requirements for 5G systems"; and
- ITU-T L.Suppl.35 to ITU-T L.1310 on "Study on methods and metrics to evaluate energy efficiency for future 5G systems".
- The last meeting of
ITU-T Study Group 5 "Environment, Climate Change and Circular Economy" took place from 13 to 22 November 2017 in Sophia Antipolis, France. During the meeting 19 draft Recommendation were consented and 5 Supplements were agreed. The ITU-T SG5 Executive Summary is available
- The second meeting of the
ITU-T SG20 Regional Group for the Arab Region (SG20RG-ARB) took place from 19 to 20 November 2017 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. A Regional Standardization Forum for Bridging the Standardization Gap took place on 19 November 2017;
World Smart City Forum 2017 took place on 15 November 2017 in Barcelona, Spain. This event was co-organized by ISO, IEC and ITU. The objectives of this Forum were to:
- Understand the needs of the smart cities communities;
- Demonstrate how international standards add value and can support cities to achieve their strategic and societal goals;
- Build upon the relevance of the SDOs to forge a stronger relationship between SDOs and cities; and
- Promote a strong commitment from the three SDOs for alignment to support the long-term development of smart cities.
- The second meeting of the
Focus Group on Data Processing and Management
(FG-DPM) took place from 20 to 25 October 2017 in Geneva, Switzerland;
- The final list of key performance indicators for smart sustainable cities to reach the Sustainable Development Goals was finalized. On 15 September 2017, the
Collection Methodology for Key Performance Indicators for Smart Sustainable Cities was published. The KPIs will be used to create the Global Smart Sustainable City Index which is expected to be finalized by June 2018;
- On 15 September 2017, the U4SSC initiative published the following 3 Reports, namely:
- The last meeting of the
Joint Coordination Activity on Internet of Things and Smart Cities and Communities took place on 7 September 2017 in Geneva;
- The meeting of ITU-T Study Group 20 on "Internet of things (IoT) and smart cities and communities (SC&C)" took place from 4 to 15 September 2017 in Geneva Switzerland. A Bridging the Standardization Gap Hands on Training session for delegates from developing countries also took place on Tuesday 12 September 2017. During the meeting 8 draft Recommendations (1 revised) were consented, 1 Supplement and 6 Technical Reports were approved. Additionally, 36 new work items were approved;
- ITU-T SG20 physical Rapporteur meetings took place from 20 to 28 July 2017 in Geneva, Switzerland;
- The first meeting of the ITU-T SG20 Regional Group for the Arab Region (SG20RG-ARB) took place from 9 to 10 August 2017 in Cairo, Egypt;
- The first meeting of the
Focus Group on Data Processing and Management to support IoT Smart Cities and Communities took place from 17 to 19 July 2017 in Geneva, Switzerland. It was decided to create 5 Working Groups: WG1 - Use Cases, Requirements and Applications/Services; WG2 - DPM Framework, Architectures and Core Components; WG3 - Data sharing, Interoperability and Blockchain; WG4 - Security, Privacy and Trust including Governance and WG5 - Data Economy, commercialization, and monetization. More details are available in the
- The first meeting of the
SG20 Regional Group for Eastern Europe, Central Asia and Transcaucasia (SG20RG-EECAT) took place from 20-21 June 2017 in Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation. The meeting was preceded by an ITU Regional Workshop for CIS on “Internet of Things (IoT and future networks”. The meeting of SG11 Regional Group for RCC took place on 22 June 2017;
IoT Week 2017 was organized by ITU-T in collaboration with other partners from 6-9 June in Geneva, Switzerland to discuss emerging technologies, sustainable development along with security and privacy issues. The event concluded with
the Internet of Things Declaration to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals;
- The meeting of
ITU-T Study Group 5 on "Environment, Climate Change and Circular Economy" took place from 15 to 24 May 2017 in Geneva, Switzerland. During the meeting two Recommendations were approved (ITU-T K.44 Resistibility tests for telecommunication equipment exposed to overvoltages and overcurrents - Basic Recommendation and ITU-T L.1315 Standardization terms and trends in energy efficiency. Additionally, 13 Recommendations (8 revised Recommendations) were consented. During this SG5 meeting it was agreed to revise the Terms of Reference (ToR) of its Regional Groups (Regional Group for the Arab Region (SG5RG-ARB), Regional Group for Africa (SG5RG-AFR), Regional Group for Asia and the Pacific (SG5 RG-AP)). The ToR of the Regional Group for the Americas were revised and it was agreed to change the name of the Regional Group to ITU-T SG5 Regional Group for Latin America;
Second meeting of United for Smart Sustainable Cities (U4SSC) initiative was held on 5 April 2017 in Manizales, Colombia;
- The 7th ITU Green Standards Week (GSW) took place from 3 to 5 April 2017 in Manizales, Colombia. The GSW 2017 was dedicated to the theme of “Circular Economy and Smart Sustainable Cities”. It was co-organized with the Municipality of Manizales, the University of Manizales, the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO),the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Basel Convention, the Basel Convention Regional Centre for the South American Region (CRBAS), the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the Telecommunications Regional Technical Commission (COMTELCA), the Inter-American Telecommunication Commission (CITEL), CAF-Development Bank of Latin America and the Inter-American Association of Telecommunication Enterprises (ASIET). The GSW 2017 was attended by over 950 participants and concluded with the Manizales Manifesto which is available in
Spanish. This manifesto highlighted the need to adopt definitive steps to building smart and sustainable cities in Latin America and worldwide;
JCA meeting on IoT and Smart Cities and Communities took place on 16 March 2017 during the SG20 meeting (12-23 March 2017);
- The meeting was preceded by the First Forum on “Data Management: Transforming Data into Value” on 12 March 2017. The Forum concluded with an
Outcome document. Following this Forum, the
Focus Group on Data Processing and Management to support IoT and Smart Cities & Communities was created to support the work on IoT, smart cities and data management;
- The meeting of ITU-T Study Group 20 on "Internet of things (IoT) and smart cities and communities (SC&C)" took place from 13 to 23 March 2017 in Dubai, UAE. During this meeting, three new Recommendations (Y.4114-Specific requirements and capabilities of the IoT for Big Data; Y.4115-Reference architecture for IoT device capabilities exposure; and Y.4805-Identifier service requirements for the interoperability of Smart City applications) were consented. With the aim of enhancing its global spread and to promote participation by countries from different regions, SG20 created four new regional groups:
ITU-T SG20 Regional Group for the Africa Region (SG20RG-AFR),
ITU-T SG20 Regional Group for the Arab Region (SG20RG-ARB),
ITU-T SG20 Regional Group for the Latin America Region (SG20RG-LATAM),
ITU-T SG20 Regional Group for Eastern Europe, Central Asia and Transcaucasia (SG20RG-EECAT).
- A new
Resolution 98 on "Enhancing the standardization of Internet of things and Smart Cities and Communities for global development" was approved on 3 November 2016 during WTSA 2016 that took place from 25 October to 3 November 2016 in Hammamet, Tunisia;
- Within the U4SSC initiative, a
Forum on Financing Smart Sustainable Cities was held from 7 to 8 November 2016 in Ruggell, Principality of Liechtenstein. This Forum was organized by OiER, UNECE and the Austrian Economic Center (AEC);
Recommendation ITU-T L.1002 “External universal power adapter solutions for portable information and communication technology devices” was approved on 14 October 2016 during ITU-T SG5 meeting held from 10-14 October 2016 in Geneva, Switzerland. This Recommendation defines requirements, and provides guidelines on environmental aspects, of universal power adapter solutions (UPA) designed for use with portable information and communication technology ICT devices. It is complementary to Recommendations ITU-T L.1000 and ITU-T L.1001 and aims to cover the widest possible range of ICT devices for portable use within identified voltage and power ranges;
- ITU together with the National University of La Plata and the Chamber of the Senator of the Province of Buenos Aires organized a
Forum on “The catalytic role of ICTs to achieve Sustainable Development Goals 11, 12 and 13” in La Plata, Argentina on 12 September 2016. The event was held in Spanish only;
- The GSW was co-organized with the Municipality of Montevideo (IMM), the Inter-American Association of Telecommunication Enterprises (ASIET), the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), the Basel Convention Regional Centre for the South American Region (CRBAS) and the Development Bank of Latin America (CAF). This year, the Green Standards Week gathered together more than 600 participants and finalized with the
Montevideo Declaration (which is also available in
Spanish). Malcolm Johnson, Deputy Secretary General, ITU, delivered opening remarks and met several senior representatives;
6th ITU Green Standards Week, took place from 5 to 9 September 2016 in Montevideo, Uruguay;
- ITU together with UNECE and Habitat III organized a
Cross-Cutting Expert Group Meeting on Driving Smart Sustainable Cities Worldwide on 21 July 2016 in Geneva, Switzerland;
- A joint ITU-ISO-IEC
World Smart City Forum took place on 13 July in Singapore;
- ITU and UNECE launched the
United for Smart Sustainable Cities (U4SSC) initiative. The U4SSC is a global platform for smart city stakeholders to shape smart sustainable cities worldwide. U4SSC advocates for public policies to encourage the use of ICTs to facilitate and ease the transition to smart sustainable cities. The U4SSC is now a UN initiative coordinated by ITU and UNECE supported by CBD, ECLAC, FAO, UNESCO, UNDP, UNECA, UN-Women, UN Environment, UNEP-FI, UNFCCC, UN-Habitat, UNIDO, UNU-EGOV, and WMO. The
first meeting of the U4SSC initiative and its Advisory Board took place from 21 to 22 July 2016. This meeting was attended by over 100 participants from across the world;
- ITU and UNECE launched an Advisory Board (AB) on 18 May in Rome, Italy. This advisory board is tasked to review the KPIs for SSC to reach the SDGs that are being developed by ITU-T Study Group 5 "Environment and Climate Change". This Advisory Board has the support of representatives of 17 UN agencies and worldwide renowned experts;
- ITU and UNECE organized a Forum on
"Shaping smarter and more sustainable cities: striving for sustainable development goals" in Rome from 18-19 May 2016. Malcolm Johnson, Deputy Secretary General, ITU, particpated and delivered opening remarks;
- ITU and Huawei organized a Forum on "Building a Better Connected World, Making Networks Greener" that was held in Madrid from 12 to 13 May 2016;
- ITU together with UNIDO, UNU, WIPO, UNESCO, ECLAC and the Basel Convention launched the report on "Sustainable Management of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment in Latin America" on 5 May 2016. This report is available as a Flipbook in
- Rapporteur meetings for Study Group 20 on IoT and its applications including smart cities and communities took place from 2 to 13 May 2016;
- ITU, UNIDO, WIPO, WHO, ECLAC and the Basel Convention organized a thematic workshop on "Towards Building Effective Partnerships for Sustainable Management of E-waste" on 5 May 2016 during the WSIS Forum;
- ITU and UNECE organized a workshop on
"Laying the Foundation for Sustainable Development Goals: Role of Smart Sustainable Cities" on 2 May 2016 during WSIS Forum;
- Coordination with other UN agencies for preparations for Habitat III is ongoing. TSB led the organization of a joint ITU-UNECE-UN-Habitat side event on "Shaping Smart Sustainable Cities for the New Urban Agenda" held on 16 March 2016 in Prague, Czech Republic, during the regional meeting of Habitat III. The General Secretariat took the leadership in organizing a side event in Quito in October 2016;
- A new portal on ITU-T,
Smart Sustainable Cities was created in February 2016;
- A Forum on "Internet of Things in Smart Sustainable Cities: A New Age of Smarter Living" was held on 18 January 2016 in Singapore;
- A flipbook on "Shaping smarter and more sustainable cities: Striving for sustainable development goals" was launched in January 2016.
Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT) Activities
- BDT is revising a final draft of the publication on Successful Electronic Waste Management Initiatives which will provide an overview of some examples and experiences in the African, Asian, European and Latin American regions on existing effective WEEE management initiatives that could serve as a basis to develop a best practice on the sound management of e-waste that could be replicated in other parts of the world;
- A study has been commissioned to determine the capacity building needs of African countries in terms of developing guidelines on the development of legislative frameworks. This study will recommend a capacity building plan for having this e-waste legislative framework in place;
- BDT is also working on the development of a joint pilot project with University of La Plata of Argentina, to establish an e-Waste Management Plant. This project could be replicated in other countries;
- BDT has completed the development of training materials on ICTs and Climate Change which is being done in four stages. This materials will be used for training and capacity building purposes. BDT is now in stage 4 of editing of the materials, 10 out of 21 modules have been edited. One module is processed per week. Contributions by relevant experts in ITU-T have enriched the preparation of these modules. A number of academic institutions are also contributing and editing the materials. ITU Centres of Excellence will also benefit from these materials; and
BDT has finalized the 'Handbook for the development of a policy framework on electrical and electronic waste from Information and Communication Technologies'. This document is in the process of being formatted for publication.
- BDT carried out an e-waste statistics training during the 8th Green Standards Week.
- During the World Summit on the Information Society Forum, held in Geneva, from 19 to 23 April 2018, BDT jointly with WMO organized a session on "E-Environment: Multi-hazard Early Warning Systems and the Role of ICTs". This session highlighted the critical role that ICTs play as an integral component of Multi-hazard early warning systems (MHEWS) to monitor the environment and to effectively disseminate alerting messages of different type of hazards to those at risk. Participants had the opportunity to highlight some concrete solutions and discuss the importance of MHEWS checklist for a better collaboration among various stakeholders, including disaster risk management agencies, meteorological and geological services, ICT regulators, NGOs, UN entities and private ICT operators.
- ITU, together with the United Nations University (UNU), and the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) finalized the Global E-waste Monitor 2017, which was launched on 15 December 2017. This report presents 2016 global and regional figures on the amount of e-waste produced, highlights low global recycling rates, and points to the opportunities and benefits of urban mining. It also features a number of other figures, such as global and regional recycling rates, and the number of countries with e-waste legislation. This report is one of the key outcomes of the Global E-waste Statistics Partnership. The main objective of this Partnership is to build capacity to help countries produce reliable and comparable e-waste statistics, to collect data from countries and build a global e-waste database to track developments over time and by informing policy makers and industry. In addition, it also makes the link to the SDGs and provides an overview of data availability and needs. The report received very high media coverage. It was covered in over 1'000 news articles, in 71 countries, and in 25 languages, and reached a cumulative potential audience of 974 million people, including through the New York Times, Huffington Post, National Geographic, and many others. The report will be translated into the other 5 official languages and be available in early April 2018;
- The final reports of the ITU-D Study Group Period 2014-2017 Questions 6/2 on ICTs and Climate Change and Question 8/2 on Strategies and Policies for the proper disposal or reuse of telecommunication/ICT waste material have been published;
- BDT together with the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions Secretariat of UN Environment and WMO organized a meeting on "Action Line C7. E-environment: Environment, an Important Pillar to Building a Sustainable Future" on 12 June 2017 at the WSIS Forum. BDT also contributed to the Moderated High-Level Policy Session 12 - Theme: ICT Applications and Services, Digital, Economy and Trade, Climate Change on 14 June 2017;
- During the WSIS Forum 2017, on 14 June 2017, the Global E-waste Statistic Partnership organized a meeting on ‘Addressing the global e-waste challenge'. The session highlighted current challenges in the area of e-waste and monitoring e-waste. It introduced the Global E-waste statistics Partnership, and provided information on current efforts to increase the availability and quality of e-waste statistics;
- ITU, in collaboration with the United Nations University (UNU), and the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) have set up the Global E-waste Statistics Partnership. The main objective of this Partnership is to build capacity to help countries produce reliable and comparable e-waste statistics, to collect data from countries and build a global e-waste database to track developments over time and by informing policy makers and industry;
- ITU-D Study Group Period 2014-2017 ended in April 2017, with the adoption of the final reports of Study Group Questions 6/2 on ICTs and Climate Change and Question 8/2 on Strategies and Policies for the proper disposal or reuse of telecommunication/ICT waste material; and
- BDT together with WMO, UNISDR, UNICEF, UNSPIDER, UNOCHA, contributed to the organization of an International Conference on Early Warning Systems that was held in Cancun, Mexico, from 22 to 23 May 2017.
- Rapporteur Group Meeting for ITU-D SG2 was held in Geneva, during September 2016;
- ITU-D Study Group 2 meeting on Question 6/2 "ICT and Climate Change" was held in September 2016;
- ITU-D Study Group 2 Rapporteur Group meeting on
Question 6/2 "ICT and Climate Change" was held on 25 April 2016.
Radiocommunication Bureau Activities
- In accordance with ITU-R Resolution 60 as approved by RA-15 ITU-R Study Groups, studies of best practices to reduce energy consumption within ICT systems, equipment or applications operating in a radiocommunication service, are ongoing;
- BR continues to represent ITU in WMO (Executive Council, IPT-SWeISS commission (Space Weather) and Steering Group on Radio-Frequency Coordination) and Group on Earth Observations (GEO Work Programme Symposium) events.
- A new edition of WMO/ITU "Use of radio spectrum for meteorology: weather, water and climate monitoring and prediction" Handbook is available
- ITU-R and the WMO held the
Second ITU/WMO Seminar "Use of Radio Spectrum for Meteorology: "Weather, Water and Climate Monitoring and Prediction" from 23 to 24 October 2017 in Geneva Switzerland;
- ITU-R SG7 completed the revision of the Handbook on use of Radio Spectrum for Meteorology: "Weather, Water and Climate Monitoring and Prediction”; Recommendation ITU-R RS.1859-0 - Use of remote sensing systems for data collections to be used in the event of natural disasters and similar emergencies; and Recommendation ITU-R RS.1883 - Use of remote sensing systems in the study of climate change and the effects thereof. The predicted approval is given to be April 2017.
- BR participated in the Sixteenth session of the Commission for Basic Systems (CBS-16), in November 2016.
- Ongoing ITU Academy Online Course: Risks and Opportunities of Telecommunications, ICT and Climate Change;
- The Africa Regional Office is working on a Malawi study;
- Ongoing ITU Academy Online Course: The role of ICT in Smart and Sustainable Cities (first and second edition in Spanish);
- The Regional Office for the Americas is working at the Communications Committee with several United Nations agencies and the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) in Chile to build a communication strategy for the Sustainable Development Goals;
- Development of a model policy on e-waste management in the Arab Region is underway. The report on model policy on ICT generated e-waste in the Arab Region aims to outline the state of e-waste management in the Arab region, and is expected to provide guidance to the region on the policy to be adopted for environmental sustainability;
- Concentrated assistance to Djibouti – development of project document on Smart Sustainable City is in progress. The project document is to assist Djibouti to establish their smart city. This work is carried with the assistance of TSB.
- ITU Regional Office for Americas supported a limited number of National Assessments related to the situation of e-waste
- A study for developing an e- Waste Management Policy and Regulatory Framework for Jamaica has been completed;
- The e-waste management policy and regulatory framework for Saint Lucia was finalized;
- The ITU Regional Office for the Americas Region, organized the III Workshop and Follow-up of the regional activities on Emergency communications and Climate Change from 29 to 31 August 2017 in Bogota, Colombia;
- A Forum on Internet of Things (IoT): Smarter Living in the Caribbean was held from 24 to 26 April 2017 in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. The forum highlighted the significance of IoT as a technological revolution that represents the future of computing and communications, and its development being dependent on dynamic technical innovation. It was attended by 98 participants from 14 countries. ECLAC and 13 other ICT sector entities also attended the event.
- On 12 and 13 September 2016, the ITU Regional Office for the Americas Region with INICTEL UNI (Peru), and Mintel (Ecuador) organized a Workshop on technology to mitigate earthquakes and tsunamis effects and EWBS prototype demonstration on tsunamis emergency alert, in Ecuador.