Last week John Chambers said, “The issue of climate change demands new business models, innovative technologies and global collaboration along with partnerships across the public and private sectors.” For the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP15) in Copenhagen, Cisco did just that.
In close collaboration with the Danish Government, the COP15 host country, Cisco implemented a global TelePresence solution called the Global Climate Change Meeting Platform (GCCMP). The GCCMP enabled hundreds of participants to be “brought in” directly to the Bella Center, from South Africa, Canada, Nepal, Ethiopia, Thailand, Mexico, Australia, France, the U.S., South Korea and many other countries.
And while some were disappointed with the final political outcome of COP15, Cisco demonstrated an innovative way for global collaboration to take place, conveniently and quickly, without increasing the carbon footprint of the negotiations. Prime Ministers met with their Ministers of Environment or Energy for updates; press met with delegations to hear the latest on their country’s efforts at the conference; media groups held roundtables with industry leaders and government officials; and non-governmental organizations held updates with their staff or their global donor base.
Cisco also supported the climate talks by providing the LAN, wireless access and network security for the entire conference via our Advanced Services Group. By combining highly reliable connectivity with innovative technology like Cisco TelePresence, we powerfully demonstrated our vision that information and communications technology (ICT) can and must play a key role in mitigating climate change.
Towards that end, the GCCMP will be active over the next year, allowing climate change stakeholders to virtually meet and help ensure further cooperation, agreement and enactment of a global legally binding agreement while minimizing emissions from air travel. Enabling the climate negotiations to continue throughout the year gives us a better chance for a breakthrough agreement later this year in Mexico City at COP16.
So here’s looking forward to a highly collaborative 2010!