May 2008

Symposium on ICTS and Climate Change 15-16 April 2008, ITU and Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications of the Government of Japan (MIC), Kyoto

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The symposium is an extension of the Kyoto protocol, held in Kyoto, Japan from 1-11 December 1997. The recommendations of the symposium are also highly appropriate because climate change measures discussed at the symposium would be forwarded for action at the G8 Summit to be held at Lake Toya, Hokkaido Prefecture, in July 2008.

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the Ministry of Internal Affairs and  Communications (MIC) of the Government of Japan co-organised the 'Kyoto Symposium on ICTs and Climate Change' on 15-16 April 2008 with a participatory strength of about 240 world class delegates at  Kyoto in Japan. Takashi Hanazawa, Senior Vice President, Director, Research and Development Planning Department, Nippon Telegraph and Telephone (NTT), Japan chaired the symposium. The aim of the symposium was to investigate the role of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in causing global warming, and also to study the prospects of monitoring, mitigating and adapting to climate change. There were six major sessions addressing the concern: 'Climate change: ICTs to the rescue?', 'Corporate responsibility: Towards a climate-neutral ICT Sector', 'ICTs for monitoring climate change', 'ICTs as a clean technology', 'Towards a high-bandwidth, low carbon future' and 'Adapting to climate change'.

Opening ceremony

H.E. Satoshi Ninoyu, Vice-Minister for Internal Affairs and Communications and Member of the Upper House, rendered the welcome address. Malcolm Johnson, Director, ITU, followed with a keynote address that outlined the fourfold strategy of ITU in developing a coherent programme on ICTs and Climate Change.

The fourfold strategies are:

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