Tag Archives: sustainability


Celebrating 20 Years of the UNFCCC

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has reached an incredible milestone, celebrating its 20th anniversary since it entered into force on 21 March 1994. The challenge of preventing dangerous climate change is immense, but the UNFCCC has led the world towards the realization that dealing with climate change is both a necessity […]


Broadband Commission reaffirms crucial role in development

At the 9th meeting of the Broadband Commission for digital development, discussion centered around how to accelerate progress towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals. I’m just back from the Broadband Commission meeting in Dublin, Ireland, graciously hosted by Broadband Commissioner Denis O’Brien. The Sunday morning session focused on the “Post 2015 Sustainable Development Agenda,” and […]


Inviting contributions to ITU reports on Smart Sustainable Cities

Although cities account for only two per cent of global land area, they are responsible for more than 70 per cent of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and 60-80 per cent of global energy consumption. Recognizing the sustainability challenges that cities are facing and the consequent need to revolutionize the way that they function, the […]

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Conflict minerals in the ICT supply chain

To produce a glittering array of high-tech devices — from smartphones to laptops — the information and communication technology (ICT) industry needs minerals. Tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold are among those used in many ICT products, with the ICT industry consuming 50 to 60 per cent of the world’s tantalum, close to 26 per cent […]


Rating mobile handsets for environmental impact

One of the greatest challenges for society today is to manage the environmental impact of the way we live and the products we consume. As more focus is put on the overall sustainability of our lifestyle choices, a number of companies have responded by providing consumers with information on the eco-impact of the products they […]


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