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ICTs, the Internet and Sustainable Development. Heather Creech, Don MacLean, Tony Vetter, Maja Andjelkovic Global Connectivity, IISD. What is sustainable development?. Integrated perspectives

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    1. ICTs, the Internet and Sustainable Development Heather Creech, Don MacLean, Tony Vetter, Maja Andjelkovic Global Connectivity, IISD

    2. What is sustainable development? • Integrated perspectives • Brundtland definition:Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

    3. How are we doing? Source: WWF Living Planet Report 2008

    4. What’s the problem? Source: WWF Living Planet Report 2008

    5. ICTs and the environment…. • The Internet is the fastest growing source of CO2 to the atmosphere...it doubled from 2002 to 2006 [Bill St. Arnaud, CANARIE] • Materials consumption and supply chain management • E-waste

    6. ICTs and Sustainable Development • First order/direct ICT effects • Greening ICT • R&D, standardization, good practices, user awareness • ITU Focus Group • Second order/indirect ICT effects • Promoting innovation, controlling rebound effects, enabling dematerialization, and managing virtualization • Public and private sector engagement, incentives and regulation • OECD Internet economy work program • Third order/systemic ICT effects • Governing economic and social transformation within environmental limitations • Evolving values, goals, principles, processes • Networked governance

    7. The Role of the ICT sector • Review critical issues through a sustainable development lens • Embrace a full lifecycle approach to ICTs • Support open network architectures and global connectivity • Support open, uncensored, accessible, multilingual content • Leadership on third order effects and systemic transformation: networked models, dematerialization etc. • Recognize the importance of good governance processes for the management of the Internet

    8. For more information, contact: Heather Creech hcreech@iisd.ca www.iisd.org