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ICT Companies Stand Up for Key Role in Cancun
Source: wallstreet-online.de
Source Date: Wednesday, December 08, 2010
Focus: ICT for MDGs
Created: Dec 13, 2010

The Guadalajara Declaration, with a focus on transformative low-carbon ICT
climate solutions, is launched at COP16 in Cancun

A group of key ministers and business executives, under the leadership of the
Mexican government, met today at the Cancun Messe to present and discuss the
"Guadalajara ICT Declaration for Transformative Low Carbon Solutions, " in
conjunction with the 16(th) Conference of the Parties, where the global climate
negotiations are ongoing. The Declaration is supported by more than 40
companies and organizations, representing more than 1 trillion USD in turnover
in 2009, from more than 20 countries." The declaration will be supported by
the establishment of a public-private work stream with focus on transformative
low-carbon ICT solutions, which will be carried forward to COP17.

Historically climate negotiations have focused on high carbon emitting sectors,
and industry was seen as the problem. The declaration stemmed from the need of
many companies with solutions to climate change to have their voices heard, and
the industry has come together to develop it after COP15. "The declaration has
generated high interest around the world, and more and more companies are
signing on to the declaration every day, " says Luis Neves, Chairman of the
Global e-sustainability Initiative (GeSI), who together with its member
companies has led the work around the declaration. The declaration builds on
early work of the sector showing ICT´s potential to reduce CO2 emissions by 15%
by 2020, in the Smart2020 report.

-"We see it as important to recognize that the products and services of solution
sectors, such as ICT, can help make transformational change to reduce CO2
emissions and mitigate climate change, " said Mexican Ambassador Luis Alfonso de
Alba, ?? Special Representative for Climate Change. "These companies will play
an important role by helping to drive innovation and create jobs in the low-
carbon economy. Supporting the launch a public-private work stream with focus on
transformative low-carbon solutions comes as a natural continuation of the
public-private dialogues Mexico has supported during the preparations for
COP16, " Ambassador de Alba added. "Mexico has been working with the ICT sector
during 2010, and is very pleased with this important outcome."

-"Ericsson strongly supports the launch of the public-private work steam with
focus on transformative low-carbon solutions and congratulates the Mexican
government for their leadership in taking this historic step, " said Hans
Vestberg, President and CEO, Ericsson. "In order to leverage the broadband
infrastructure which is deployed around the world, we need to have a supporting
policy framework. This will help to accelerate the uptake of transformative
low-carbon solutions in areas such as transportation, utilities, communication,
health and the creation of smarter, more sustainable societies in general. ICT
solutions are unique because they can be used by all countries, " Vestberg added.
"This is good for environment as well as for the economy."

-"Encouraging companies that provide low-carbon solutions that also help poverty
reduction and that can support technological leapfrogging is very important and
we look forward to engage in this public-private work stream and we will use the
results as input in the work towards COP17, " said Edna Molewa, Minister of Water
and Environmental Affairs of South Africa.

- Georg Kell, Executive Director, UN Global Compact, commented: "Technology and
especially ICT has an enormous potential to drive green growth and
sustainability. Already there are many smart solutions that show that more can
be done with less. Now we need to support incentives so that smart solutions can
diffuse rapidly."

- "ICT currently plays an important role in the Southeast Asia´s rapid economic
growth. However, given our region´s vulnerability to the effects of climate
change and Indonesia´s national emissions reduction target, there is a pressing
need for our industry to also develop solutions which enable mitigation and
adaptation while facilitating development. Bakrie Telecom looks forward to
studying the role ICT can play in meeting this need and welcomes the public-
private work stream on transformative low-carbon solutions, " said Anindya
Bakrie, CEO Bakrie Telecom.

"If we want to work towards an effective global agreement for climate
protection, we need to consider alliances between business and public actors.
ICT can foster the sustainable development of our society and economy by
increasing the resource efficiency in almost all industries. It can enable new
business models thus creating new business opportunities. Therefore alliances
with all partners - be it companies or public institutions - are today a matter
of urgency, " said René Obermann, CEO of Deutsche Telekom.

An initial meeting to develop a more detailed work plan and agree on roles and
responsibilities will be held in South Africa early 2011.
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