Tag Archives: sustainability


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 […]


#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 […]


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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