Dear colleagues, I represent the Environment and ICT Working Group, also known as the Environment and ICT Caucus of the CSCG, http://www.wsis.ethz.ch We have read your synthesis documents, placed links to them from our Website and have the following comments. Our main tenets have not been given adequate mention in your drafts. I am enclosing a copy of my statement to the government delegations during PrepCom 2, Geneva, 27.2.03 addressing the need to not only mention sustainable development, as you have done, but to fill it with meaning: Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) must serve sustainable development. We welcome the following passage on your page 2 "11. Environmental protection: Governments and the business community must initiate actions as well as develop and implement programmes and projects for the environmentally safe disposal (including recycling) of discarded ICT hardware and parts." The mentions that you have on page 7 as "41. E-environment:" and on page 19, also under " E-Environment", are good as far as they go. However in particular, we request that wording be included in the draft action plan to the effect that: 1. Attention should be paid to the potential of ICTs to increase ecological efficiency through further dematerialization of the inputs to society's economic activity. Political action is needed to counteract the consumption boost from low ICT prices. 2. Research is also needed on the energy consumption of the Internet, standby losses of ICT equipment and ICT systems and ways to increase the useful life of ICT equipment, as outlined in the document we submitted to the PrepCom as our input. 3. There should be better coherence among UN events such as the Johannesburg Summit on SD, the Basel Convention and the Kyoto Protocol. This is being attempted by the: - - General Assembly, "the working group [on Integrated Follow-up to Conferences] commenced its work on 27 January 2003 and will submit its report before 27 June 2003," DESA News, ewsletter of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Volume 7, No. 1, February-March 2003, http://www.un.org/esa/desa71.htm#globala1 - - Department of Economic and Social Affairs, 12 March 2003, Working Group on Integrated Follow-up to Conferences, reference to selected documentation, comments and suggestions: firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.un.org/esa/coordination/ecosoc/wgga/Home1.htm Please make reference to them. Regards, Thomas Ruddy
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Update: 25 March 2003