Greening the UN Climate Change Conference: One Telepresence Meeting at a Time
Today marks the start of the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark. It’s our chance to showcase one of the ways that ICT (information and communication technology) can substantively reduce carbon footprints by providing a realistic alternative to in-person negotiations.
Take, for example, December 16th. Hamadoun Toure, the Secretary-General of the ITU, will be moderating a panel featuring folks like Hans Vestberg, president and CEO of Ericsson, Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General of the United Nations, and Jean Reveillon, Secretary-General of the European Broadcasting Union. But, alors!, Monsieur Reveillon will actually be in Geneva.
Throughout the entire two weeks, corporate executives, government officials, and thought leaders from around the world—representing organizations such as Telefonica, the United Kingdom, Nokia, Harvard Medical School, Bell Labs, and more—will be featured on the program.
What’s more, the idea of using real-to-life technologies, such as Cisco TelePresence, is really catching on at the highest level of governments around the world.
The Global Climate Change Meeting Platform that we announced at the end of October has been in full swing, with ‘anchor tenants’ expanding to include not just the five UN offices and the Danish government we mentioned earlier, but also the French Ministry of Energy, the Australian Parliament, and the South Korean Parliament. And with 77 Cisco locations and 23 Royal Danish embassies around the world offering access to the Cisco TelePresence units in Copenhagen, the number of hours scheduled has topped 100, as of Friday the 4th.
We’ll be collecting stories from the delegates’ perspectives, so stay tuned!