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    Egypt Partakes in ITU -T SG 5 Meeting and 11th ITU Symposium on ICTs, Environment and Climate Change

    Date published: 20 April 2016

    Egypt, represented by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT), will take part in the meeting of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Telecommunication Standardization Sector (ITU-T) study Group 5 (Environment and climate change) that will take place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on April 20-27. MCIT will also take part in the 11th ITU Symposium on ICTs, Environment and Climate Change that will take place on April 21 in conjunction with the next ITU-T Study Group 5 meeting.

    The objective of the Symposium is to raise awareness of the potential ICTs possess to address environmental challenges and to encourage stakeholders to integrate existing and emerging ICT-based solutions into their activities for an overall ‘smarter’ and more holistically  ‘sustainable’ future for mankind.

    ITU-T Study Group 5 (SG5) is responsible for studies on methodologies for evaluating ICT effects on climate change and publishing guidelines for using ICTs in an eco-friendly way. Under its environmental mandate, SG5 is also responsible for studying design methodologies to reduce ICTs and e-waste's adverse environmental effects; for example, through recycling of ICT facilities and equipment.

    SG5 consists of three working parties, one of them is the Working Party 3(SG5 WP3) on "ICT and climate change" that work on a number of questions, each has a rapporteur, rapporteur assistant and a group of members from various countries and organizations. Each question is designed to achieve a range of outcomes represented in recommendations, measurements, indicators and guidelines, adding to ITU outcomes and contributions.

    A number of contributions including reports and studies in the field of eco-friendly ICTs were made to be presented as Egypt’s contributions and, consequently, be integrated within the standards adopted by ITU, through the work of SG5.

    Given its remarkable efforts in the SG5 since its establishment in 2010, Egypt was nominated as the vice president of the Regional Group in the Arab Region. Egypt is also the Rapporteur for Question 15 on ICTs and adaptation to the effects of climate change, and Assistant Rapporteur for Question 13 regarding sustainable management of e-waste.

    Egypt is one of the oldest members in the ITU and has 16 sector members from the private sector in the union. It is also a founding member of the “Partners to Connect the World” initiative and it chairs the ITU Council Working Group on International Telecommunications Regulations (ITRs). Egypt is an active participant in the ITU-D activities and it has succeeded in establishing the first regional subgroup in SG2. This, in turn, further enhances the regional presence of ITU and increases its involvement with developing countries in Africa and the Arab World.

    Based in Geneva, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is the leading United Nations agency for information and communication technologies with 191 member states and more than 700 sector members and associates. ITU role is to enable the global growth and sustained development of ICT. In addition, ITU organizes international telecom events like WSIS and Telecom Africa.






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