Ghana Hosts 6th Symposium on ICTs, the Environment and Climate Change

ITU is organizing the Sixth Symposium on ICTs, the Environment and Climate Change on 7-8 July in Ghana. The event will be hosted by the Ministry of Communications (MOC) of Ghana.



This is the sixth symposium on climate change following successful events held between 2008 and 2010 in Kyoto, London, Quito, Seoul and Cairo. The Symposium will be preceded by a Training Seminar on Conformity and Interoperability for Africa that will be held from 4 to 6 July 2011, in Accra, Ghana.



The main purpose of the event is to move forward the agenda on using ICTs to monitor climate change, mitigate and adapt to its effects and, in this light, identify future requirements for ITU’s related work – including standardization of ICT equipment and networks as well as development activities. (see Resolution 73 of the 2008 World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly (WTSA-08), Resolution 66 of the 2010 World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC-10) and Resolution 182 of the 2010 Plenipotentiary Conference (PP-10)).



The symposium in Ghana will focus on the issue of ICTs, the environment and climate change in Africa and the needs of developing countries. Topics to be discussed will include mitigation and adaptation to climate change, e-waste, disaster planning, cost-effective ICT technologies, methodologies for the environmental impact assessment of ICTs, challenges and opportunities in the transition to a green and resource efficient economy.



The symposium will identify possible goals, commitments and modalities of the ICT sector engagements to be developed in the process leading to the forthcoming 2011 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP17-CMP7), to be held in Durban, South Africa in November 2011. The event will also develop a set of recommendations for action in relation to ICTs, the environment and climate change towards a green economy, as a contribution to the 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD 2012 or Rio+20).

The symposium will bring together leading specialists in the field, from top policy-makers to engineers, designers, planners, government officials, regulators, standards experts and others.


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