Action Line C7. E-environment: Environment, an Important Pillar to Building a Sustainable Future

ITU/WMO/UNEP-Basel Secretariat

Session 228

09:00–10:45, Monday, 12 June 2017 Popov Room 1, ITU Tower Interactive Action Line Facilitation Meeting

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The WSIS Geneva Plan of Action defined three goals for Action Line C7. E-environment:

  • Use and promote ICTs as an instrument for environmental protection and the sustainable use of natural resources;
  • Initiate actions and implement projects and programs for sustainable production and consumption and the environmentally safe disposal and recycling of discarded hardware and components used in ICTs; and
  • Establish monitoring systems, using ICTs, to forecast and monitor the impact of natural and man-made disasters, particularly in developing countries, LDCs and small economies.

In follow up to the outcomes of the UN General Assembly Overall Review of the Implementation of WSIS Outcomes (Res. A/70/125) and with the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (Res. A/70/1), the WSIS Forum is constantly evolving and strengthening the alignment between the WSIS Action Lines and the Sustainable Development Goals.

As the WSIS Forum serves as a key forum for discussing the role of ICTs as a facilitator in implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals and remain as a global mechanism for follow-up and review of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (UNGA Resolution A/70/1).

As the WSIS process continues to be a platform for sharing and caring, the action line facilitation meeting for AL C-7 e-Environment will discuss contribution that ICTs make to achieve a sustainable environment and sustainable development goals. While we are looking for solutions and benefits there are new elements, challenges and considerations that should be incorporated into WSIS forum. The facilitation meeting for Action Line C7, e-environment will be a roundtable discussion among key stakeholders involved in the implementation of this action line along with experts from the sustainability community.

The discussion will be centered on the following questions:

  1. Climate Service Information System, an integrated solution for leveraging climate science and ICT for improving climate data, monitoring and prediction.
  2. Importance of Early Warning Systems in dealing with Disaster Risk Reduction, what new role to be played by ICT in this regards?
  3. How can we improve the data sharing and processing of data to inform environment policies?
  4. How to benefit from ICT to empower nations to attain Sustainable Development Goals in particular SDG6 on Water, SDG12 on responsible production and consumption, SDG13 on Climate Change, SDG14 on Ocean and SDG15 on biodiversity?
  5. Why being a Party to the Basel Convention matters for e-waste management?
  6. What policies and tools for e-waste management should be considered?
  7. How to contribute to the attainment of targets and goals related to e-waste management?
  8. What initiatives, frameworks and projects/activities are there that should be considered for promoting easier access to the existing funds for sustainable environment?

Proposed Format:

  • Introduction to the meeting. Presentation of objectives of the meeting by action line facilitator (WMO, ITU, UNEP/Basel Convention Secretariat, and other present participants).
  • E-environment @ WSIS Forum 2017. Highlights of upcoming sessions to be held during WSIS Forum 2017 on e-environment.
  • Open debate on “Environment, an important pillar to building a sustainable future” – achieving SDG targets, moderated discussion;
  • Conclusions and next steps: definition of recommendation on this action line for the future process and its role for WSIS process.


Mr. Omar Baddour, WMO


  • Rupa Kumar Kolli, Chief World Climate Applications Services Division, Climate Prediction and Adaptation Branch – WMO
  • Francesca Cenni (Ms.), Programme Officer, Secretariat of Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions, UN Environment
  • Prof. Anthony Lehmann,  Institute for Environmental Sciences, University of Geneva: Spatial Data Infrastructure, Ecosystem Services, Biodiversity and Hydrology
  • Prof. François Grey, Director of Digital Strategy and Coordinator of Citizen Cyberlab, University of Geneva
  • Orhan Osmani, Emergency Telecommunications Officer, LDCs, SIDS and Emergency Telecommunications Division, ITU

Session's link to WSIS Action Lines

  • AL C7 e-Env logo C7. ICT Applications: E-environment

Session's link to Sustainable Development Process

  • Goal 6: Clean water and sanitation logo Goal 6: Ensure access to water and sanitation for all
  • Goal 11: Sustainable cities and communities logo Goal 11: Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
  • Goal 12: Responsible consumption and production logo Goal 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
  • Goal 13: Climate action logo Goal 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
  • Goal 14: Life below water logo Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources
  • Goal 15: Life on land logo Goal 15: Sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation, halt biodiversity loss


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