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ITU Telecom World and COP22: bringing ICT solutions to the forefront of the climate change discussion

GeSI Staff | November 9, 2016

It is a busy month for GeSI. With two major events planned this November, we will have another great opportunity to put ICT in the spotlight.

On Monday 14 November, the GeSI Chairman will be speaking at ITU Telecom World, the annual event providing a forum for governments and industry to discuss ways to accelerate ICT innovation worldwide. This year’s edition, Better & Sooner, takes place in Bangkok.

GeSI is participating in a panel on the opening day which will debate the interesting question: Making money from the SDGs? As demonstrated in the #SystemTransformation report we released in June of this year, the deployment of ICT solutions to meet the Sustainable Development Goals challenge brings an important growth prospect. The cost saving opportunities and new business models potentially enabled by ICT should be made available to all, and ensuring access to connectivity will be a fundamental step in this direction. We look forward to an interesting and lively debate on this topic.

On the same day, in Marrakesh, four members of the GeSI Board will participate in Day 1 of the Low-Emissions Solutions Conference  hosted by the Government of Morocco as part of COP22. In the course of a session entirely dedicated to ICT, participants will discuss the potential contribution of technology to cross-sector climate action, as identified in the GeSI SMARTer2030 report, as well as the sector’s own approach in reducing its carbon footprint.

Again in Marrakesh, on Thursday 17 November GeSI will share the stage for the third year running with the winners of the UNFCCC Momentum for Change programme, shining the light on innovative projects demonstrating climate change resilience. The 2016 Lighthouse Activities for the ICT pillar of the programme include some truly interesting applications of technology across the world, diverse in type, but all putting people at the center of the action. From potential solar customers in developed countries to rural households developing their own peer-to-peer electricity networks, from forest peoples protecting their land against illegal resource extraction to Western consumers determined to lead a more sustainable lifestyle, the winners of the 2016 Lighthouse Activities award demonstrate how ICT can empower people across the world.

Further information on all these events will be posted on our News & Events webpage, so make sure to keep an eye on it if you can’t join us in Bangkok or Marrakesh! 

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