Malaysia to host 11th ITU Symposium on ICT, Environement and Climate Change

The Ministry of Communications and Multimedia Malaysia (KKMM) together with the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) and the Malaysian Technical Standards Forum Sdn Bhd (MTFSB) is set to host the 11th International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Symposium on ICT, Environment and Climate Change, on 21 April 2016, in Kuala Lumpur. The symposium will be held in conjunction with the ITU Standardization Sector (ITU-T) Study Group 5’s Environment and Climate Change meeting, which will take place from 20 to 27 April 2016.

 The objective of the symposium is to raise awareness on the potential of ICT 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.

The symposium is expected to bring together specialists in the ICT environment and climate change to discuss issues related to green ICT, environment, electromagnetic field (EMF) and electromagnetic disturbance.

“All industry sectors and the public sector bodies responsible for their governance are looking to ICT to form part of their portfolio of sustainability measures,” said Chaesub Lee, Director of the ITU Telecommunication Standardization Bureau. “This ITU symposium brings stakeholders together to exchange knowledge, build cooperation and help us ensure a coherent application of ICT in our pursuit of environmental sustainability,” added Lee.

The symposium will feature four sessions focusing on issues, namely Electromagnetic Fields (EMF) and the Role of Standards and Policies in EMF Management; Damage Prevention and Safety; Results of World Radio Telecommunication Conference (WRC) in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals; and Achieving Environmental Sustainability Goals.

Among the speakers who will be presenting papers are Emilie van Deventer, Team Leader for Radiation Programme from World Health Organization (WHO); Mohd Ali Hanafiah Mohd Yunus, Chief Officer of the Communications, Digital Services and Standards Sector of MCMC; and Domenica Carriero, Project Officer of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE).

The symposium will be launched by Dr Salleh Said Keruak, Minister of Communications and Multimedia Malaysia. Dr Chaesub Lee, Director of the ITU Telecommunication Standardization Bureau, Dr Sharifah Zarah Syed Ahmad, Secretary General of the Ministry, as well as Dr Halim Shafie, Chairman of MCMC are expected to be present at the launch.

The Symposium presents an opportunity for Malaysia to encourage local participation and provide experience on policies and standards to address current challenges in climate change related to ICT. For more information, please contact sg5taskforce@cmc.gov.my or visit www.mcmc.gov.my.

Further reading:

Malaysia Telecommunications Report
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