The Coalition on ICT and Climate Change
The Coalition on ICTs and Climate Change brings together in an informal group key actors working in the area of ICT and climate change. Initiated by GeSI and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the coalition is a response to a call for a united ICT voice on the virtues of technology in combatting climate change. The coalition provides an informal and open forum for active stakeholders and proactive governments to share information on their activities and prepare a joint package of activities for global events (such as the Conference of parties to the UNFCCC or the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development), showcasing success stories, tools and innovations from the ICT sector and from each participant organisation.
The coalition aims to fulfil four major objectives:
- Raise awareness of ICT and related technologies’ role in addressing the causes and effects of climate change;
- Showcase innovative initiatives being undertaken by the ICT sector in the interests of environmental sustainability, and promote the exchange of best practices between the public and private sectors;
- Mobilise political will to better reflect the role of ICT in the outcomes produced by the major conferences on climate change and sustainable development;
- Encourage governments to include ICT and related technologies as key elements of their national climate change policies, across all industry sectors.
Bolstering collaboration on these main objectives, the coalition seeks to synergise the messages being expressed by actors in the ICT field; the message that ICT can enable low-carbon economies, and that 21st century governments, regulators and businesses cannot afford to exclude ICTs from policy or business initiatives to green our global economy.
Current members of the coalition comprise GeSI, ITU, Ministry of Communications and Ministry of Environment of Ghana, Ministry of Communications and Ministry of Environment of Ghana, Ministry of Communications of South Africa, TechAmerica Europe, UNFCCC Secretariat and UN Global Compact.
Download leaflet about the coalition.