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    Egypt Partakes in ITU-SG 5 Meeting

    Date published: 14 May 2017
    Egypt, represented by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT), will participate in the Study Group 5 (SG5) (Environment and Climate Change) meeting, held by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Telecommunication Standardization Bureau (TSB) at ITU headquarters, Geneva, Switzerland on May 15-24.

    ITU-T (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 two working parties, one of them is the Working Party 2 (SG5 WP2) on "ICT and climate change" that works on a number of questions. Each question has a rapporteur, rapporteur assistant and a group of members from various countries and organizations. The question is designed to achieve a range of outcomes represented in recommendations, measurements, indicators and guidelines, adding to ITU outcomes and contributions.

    Given its remarkable efforts in the SG5 since its establishment in 2010, Egypt occupies the position of Vice Chair of SG5 for the study group period 2016- 2020 and the Rapporteur of Question 15 on ICTs and adaptation to the effects of climate change for the study group period 2012- 2016, during which five international recommendations and four supplements were formulated and issued in cooperation with ITU members.

    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 Telecommunication Development Sector (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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