ITU

ITU Report Considers Relationship between Climate Change, ICTS and Regulation [viewed]

31 March 2011: The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has released its 2011 “Trends in Telecommunications Reform” on the theme “Enabling Tomorrow's Digital World.” The report highlights that effective regulation of ICTs is crucial for overall economic growth and inter alia examines the relationship between climate change, ICTs and regulation.

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Event: ITU Sixth Symposium on ICTs, the Environment and Climate Change [viewed]

This symposium is organized by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). The symposium will focus on the agenda on using information and communication technologies (ICTs) to monitor climate change, and mitigate and adapt to its effects. The symposium will focus on the issue of ICTs, the environment and climate change in Africa, and the needs of developing countries. Topics to be discussed include: mitigation and adaptation to climate change; e-waste; disaster planning; cost-effective ICT technologies; methodologies for the environmental impact assessment of ICTs; and challenges and opportunities in the transition to a green and resource efficient economy. The Symposium will be preceded by a Training Seminar on Conformity and Interoperability for Africa, to be held from 4-6 July 2011, at the same venue.  

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Event: ITU Green Standards Week [viewed]

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) will be holding its first Green Standards Week to raise awareness of the importance and opportunities of using information and communication technology (ICT) standards to build a green economy. The event will also provide Ministers and senior representatives from the ICT industry the opportunity to exchange views on how ICTs can help in the implementation of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in the run-up to the 17th Conference of the Parties at the end of the year. The Week will include: a Workshop on Methodologies for Environmental Impact Assessment of ICT; a Workshop on Moving to a Green Economy through ICT Standards; and a Workshop on Submarine Cables for Ocean/Climate Monitoring and Disaster Warning: Science, Engineering, Business and Law.  

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ITU Holds Consultations on Digital Inclusion for LDCs [viewed]

7 March 2011: The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is hosting high-level consultations on Digital Inclusion for Least Developed Countries (LDCs): Innovation, Growth, Sustainability, on 8-9 March 2011, in Geneva, Switzerland.

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Informal Geneva Green Group Formed [viewed]

20 December 2010: UN Greening the Blue has reported that an informal Geneva Green Group was formed, gathering staff at Geneva-based UN organizations interested in getting involved in activities carried out in support of “greening the UN.”

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ITU and GeSI Highlight Role of ICTs in Addressing Climate Change [viewed]

6 December 2010:  The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) have published a report titled “Using ICTs to Tackle Climate Change,” which illustrates the importance of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and in helping countries to adapt to climate change.

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Chief Technology Officers Call for Streamlining the Standardization Landscape [viewed]

8 November 2010: The second annual meeting of chief technology officers (CTOs) was held in Paris, France, on 29 October 2010, to discuss the telecommunication standardization landscape.

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APEC ICT Ministers Adopt Okinawa Declaration [viewed]

1 November 2010: The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) ministers responsible for the telecommunications and information industry (ICT) gathered in Okinawa, Japan, from 30-31 October 2010, under the theme "ICT as an Engine for New Socioeconomic Growth," and discussed the role of ICT in environmental management, among other issues.

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ITU Symposium Adopts Cairo Road Map on ICTs and Environmental Sustainability [viewed]

4 November 2010: The fifth International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Symposium on Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), which took place from 2-3 November 2010, in Cairo, Egypt, focused on the issue of ICTs, the environment and climate change in Africa, and the needs of developing countries.

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ITU Plenipotentiary Concludes with Agreement on Key Issues [viewed]

22 October 2010: The 18th International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Plenipotentiary Conference, which was held from 4-22 October 2010, in Guadalajara, Mexico, concluded with agreement on ITU's essential role in several key areas, including bridging the digital divide, accelerating broadband roll-out, and managing climate change and disaster response.

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