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Conclusions of the ITU Symposium on ICTs and Climate Change (July 2009, Quito, Ecuador)

Conclusions of the ITU Symposium on ICTs and Climate Change (July 2009, Quito, Ecuador)

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These are the conclusions of the ITU Symposium on ICTs and Climate Change, held in July 2009 in Quito, Ecuador.
More information about the Symposium is available at http://www.itu.int/ITU-T/worksem/climatechange/200907/
Programme, speeches and presentations at http://www.itu.int/ITU-T/worksem/climatechange/200907/programme.html
These are the conclusions of the ITU Symposium on ICTs and Climate Change, held in July 2009 in Quito, Ecuador.
More information about the Symposium is available at http://www.itu.int/ITU-T/worksem/climatechange/200907/
Programme, speeches and presentations at http://www.itu.int/ITU-T/worksem/climatechange/200907/programme.html

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Published by: ITU-T Technology Watch on Jul 22, 2009
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CONCLUSIONS of the QUITO SYMPOSIUM
We recognize the special characteristics and needs of Latin America and theCaribbean to combat climate change. Latin countries are only minor contributors toGHG emissions (4% of global total) but are often victims of extreme weather eventsand other negative impacts of climate change, such as rising oceans, changes inrainfall, species migration, harm to farmers, degradation of the Amazon regions,melting of glaciers in the Andes, and human displacement due to changes in theclimate, among others. The region also is home to many of the most bio-diversecountries. A major issue for the region is deforestation, which contributes some 17%of total GHG emissions, and that percentage is much higher in some Latin Americancountries.We believe that Bridging the Digital Divide and bringing the benefits of ICTs to allcitizens is fundamental to tackling climate change. Equitable access and ensuringconnectivity to schools, rural communities, health facilities, etc. are vital to economicdevelopment and to making effective use of ICTs to combat climate change.Increased deployment of affordable broadband is also needed.We consider that global efforts to combat climate change should not impede theeconomic and social growth of developing countries.We recognize that the ICT Sector must limit its own carbon footprint. Publiccorporate commitments by the ICT sector to reduce energy consumption and GHGemissions should be encouraged. Increased use of renewable energy supplies andgreen purchasing policies are essential parts of the solution. Global standards,including agreed methodologies to measure the impact of ICTs on climate change,can promote more energy efficient ICT products and services.We acknowledge that e-waste from ICT products is a growing problem. Efforts mustbe made to dispose of mobile phones, computers, etc. in an environmentally-friendlymanner and to reduce and avoid the use of toxic materials. The reuse of ICTs alsoneeds to be encouraged.We are convinced that ICTs can play a key role as an enabling technology to reduceGHG emissions in other sectors. It is vital to set priority areas for action, such assmart buildings and smart electric grids. Dematerialization enables ICTs to replacetravel and reduce GHG emissions. Governments and the private sector each havetheir role to play in deploying ICTs in other sectors to maximum effect.We recognize the importance of finding and making best use of renewable energysources. Clean energy is a key to the future and a real opportunity in Latin America.Increasingly, we must strive for zero carbon technologiesWe highlight the importance of preserving the forests, jungles, savannas and oceansas carbon sponges for the planet. Toward that end, collaborative plans andstrategies are needed that respect regional, national and local interests.We recognize that urgent and swift action is needed for cooperation betweendeveloped countries and those countries most at risk to enable the latter to adapt toclimate change, including assistance if they request it. Equitable solutions must befound so that the major contributors to green house gas emissions cooperate withthe countries that are suffering most from climatic impacts and those that are

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