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From WSIS to Rio+20: The role of ICTs to promote sustainable development and the green economy transition
18 May 2011 - 18 May 2011
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Geneva, Switzerland

As the preparatory process for the Rio+20 conference progresses, the global community has been called to provide inputs to facilitate discussions and, particularly, to promote synergies between existing processes and mechanisms from the international community, such as the WSIS process. A prominent example of the contribution that WSIS can make to Rio+20 is the progress achieved in the implementation of Action Line C7 (AL C7), e-environment. The goals for this action line, as defined in the Geneva Plan of Action, are as follows:

a) Use and promote ICTs as an instrument for environmental protection and the sustainable use of natural resources;

b) Initiate actions and implement projects and programs for sustainable production and consumption and the environmentally safe disposal and recycling of discarded hardware and components used in ICTs;

c) Establish monitoring systems, using ICTs, to forecast and monitor the impact of natural and man-made disasters, particularly in developing countries, LDCs and small economies.

The facilitation meeting for AL C7, e-environment will be an interactive debate among key stakeholders involved in the implementation of this action line along with experts from the sustainability community and the Rio+20 process. The guiding principle of the discussion will be to identify how ICTs can help to move forward the sustainability agenda, allowing developing countries to leapfrog to a low-carbon development model.

This event is part of the ?e-Environment day at WSIS Forum 2011?. More information available at:

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