Tag Archives: sustainability

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Ensuring Positive Impacts of Connecting Sustainably

Though there are only 3 billion people connected online, Information and Communication Technology (ICT)-enabled applications have seen unprecedented growth over the past two decades. The Connect 2020 framework aims to expand the number of users by a further 1.5 billion by the year 2020, which, though ensuring that more people and communities benefit from inclusion […]

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Young Innovators Competition launches Challenge 3 on Smart Cities and Climate Change

The third challenge of the ITU Telecom World 2014 Young Innovators Competition has just been launched in partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO). It seeks innovative ideas on how information and communication technologies (ICTs) can help smart cities to slow down or mitigate the effects of climate change for the benefit of global health. […]

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Green cables for climate monitoring and disaster warning

Continents are connected by information superhighways of fibre-optic submarine cables that span our oceans to provide the backbone of the global telecommunications system. The first submarine communication cable was deployed across the English Channel in 1850, and since, more than a million kilometres of cable have been laid on the ocean floor, covering a significant […]

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#WorldEnvironmentDay: ICTs combatting climate change and saving lives in Small Island Developing States

Today the world celebrates World Environment Day. As we commemorate the World Environment Day, the international community is finalizing preparations for the upcoming World Summit on the Information Society +10 (WSIS +10) high-level event to be held at the ITU Headquarters in Geneva from 10-13 June 2014. Equally important is the fact that preparations for […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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