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The Broadband Bridge: Linking ICT with climate change for carbon future: Side event at the 18th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP18), 3rd December 2012 - Doha, Quatar


Climate change is among the biggest challenges humankind has ever faced. No country will remain untouched: some may experience extre​me weather events, others severe drought or sea level rises resulting in the loss of coastal areas. World leaders have been working for several years within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) towards addressing climate change, with the goal of preventing global average temperatures from rising more than two degrees Celsius, to contain the most severe risks and consequences of climate change. This will require substantial reductions in greenhouse gases (GHGs), in particular CO2 —a daunting task that can only be achieved with transformation to a low-carbon economy.

As the global community gathers in the city of Doha (Qatar) for the 2012 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP18) this side event will discuss the opportunities that broadband networks, services and applications can provide to contribute in such transformation. The event will present the views of high-level representatives from national governments, the private sector and international organizations on the initiative being undertaken globally to mobilize broadband and information and communication technologies (ICTs) to reduce GHG emissions and build inclusive societies.

The event will put a special focus on the solutions being promoted within the Arab region, signaling the launch of the Arabic translation of the report “The Broadband Bridge”, produced by the Working Group On Climate Change of the Broadband Commission, chaired by Hans Vestberg, CEO of Ericsson.


  1. Mr. Robin Blake, Executive Director of ICT and Society – ICTQatar
  2. Ms. Fuatai Purcell, Head, LDCs, SIDS, Emergency Telecommunication and Climate Change Adaptation at International Telecommunication Union (ITU)
  3. Mr. Luis Neves, Chairman of the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) and Group Climate Change and Sustainability Officer at Deutsche Telekom
  4. Ms. Matilda Gennvi Gustafsson, Director Sustainability – Ericsson
  5. Mr. Khalid Al Hashemi, Executive Director - QCERT
  6. Mr. Christian Blondin, Director, Cabinet of the Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO)
  7. Event moderated by Mr. Jeremy Forster, Head of Marketing, Government and Industry Relations - Ericsson 

The event will be followed by a networking reception 

Further information about the event available at 



When: Monday, 3rd December 2012; 17:00 – 18:00 

Where: Qatar Sustainability Expo - Doha, Qatar ​



The Broadband Bridge: Linking ICT with Climate Action is the result of work conducted by the Broadband Commission Working Group on Climate Change, chaired by Hans Vestberg, President and CEO of Ericsson. 

 Press release for the report here

Click here to download the English version

Versions in Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish.