Broadband Commission Working Group on Climate Change
GeSI communicates with policymakers and key stakeholders to explain the significant contribution that ICT can play in addressing climate change globally and facilitating low-carbon development. GeSI wants the contribution of ICT to be recognised and integrated in government policies to achieve sustainability goals – at national, regional and global level. Our role is to inform policymakers about ICT and climate change, to drive the sustainability debate and participate in joint initiatives.
GeSI contributed to the activities of the Broadband Commission for Digital Development, which was set up by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) in 2010 to explore ways in which governments, in cooperation with the private sector, can accelerate broadband deployment for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
The Broadband Commission’s Working Group on Climate Change published a report recently that identifies how investments in broadband can be leveraged from an environmentalperspective to address climate change, and illustrates the potential of broadband as a solution to the problem. Entitled “The Broadband Bridge: Linking ICTs with climate action for a low-carbon economy”, the report was produced using interviews and supporting material from more than 20 leaders and experts in the field including the GeSI Chairman Luis Neves. GeSI provided a case study to the report on many of our climate change initiatives including the Guadalajara ICT Declaration for Transformative Solutions, Low-Carbon ICT Leadership Benchmark and Transformative Step of the Day. The report concludes with 10 recommendations for global leaders and policy makers to turn vision into action for a low-carbon, sustainable future. Download report and press release. Watch video.