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iSeeT@theKiosk | COP 15
an exhibition at the UN Climate Change Conference - COP 15, 7-18 December 2009, Copenhagen
Information and communication technology (ICT) to increase awareness and support action on climate change
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An exhibition at the UN Climate Change Conference - COP 15, 7-18 December 2009, Copenhagen Information and communication technology (ICT) to increase awareness and support action on climate change.

The 2009 exhibition of the secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) will focus on how information and communication technologies (ICTs) are helping to increase awareness and to support concrete action on climate change in both developing and developed countries.

The exhibition will be an opportunity to share information about ICT-related projects undertaken by governments, United Nations and other intergovernmental organizations, nongovernmental organizations and media organizations on their own or with private sector partners. Among the contributors are the United Nations(UN) , UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP, the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR, the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the International Institute for Sustainable Development's Reporting Services Earth Negotiations Bulletin and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) among many others.

The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) is contributing a special programme of daily "business talks" by leaders in the ICT sector from both developing and developed countries.

Using ICTs as the main theme, the Kiosk will seek to show, display, present and exhibit practical examples of existing and upcoming technologies and practices along with related products and services showing how ICT is and can be used to combat climate change. The Kiosk will also serve to highlight the role that governments, the private sector and civil society are playing in using ICTs to bring about technological innovation and technology transfer to support mitigation and adaptation (e.g. how ICTs are being used to help reduce emissions by replacing unnecessary air travel, in "energy-smart" technologies and in disaster risk reduction).
Overall goal
Participants visiting the Kiosk will come away with ideas, information and contacts on practical ways in which ICT is currently helping people and organizations around the globe to combat climate change, and what is available that may be applied or transferred to other countries, especially in support of the deal struck in Copenhagen.
Programme of demonstrations and presentations

A programme has been developed for the demonstration spaces as well as the central presentation space by the UNFCCC secretariat in cooperation with the Government of Denmark, interested governments, UN organizations, and relevant NGOs accredited to the UNFCCC process. ITU will be hosting “Business Talks” during which ICT companies that are sector members or associates of the ITU will present.

The programme will cover up to 11 days of demonstrations and presentations and will including presentations from private sector partners.

The programme will be of two types: demonstrations and exhibits of projects and tools in 1 of the 4 thematic demonstration spaces, and presentations on selected topics in a central presentation space. The presentations in the central area will in some cases be communicated using telepresence technology. Telepresence technology allows for high definition videoconferencing.

Demonstration spaces
The demonstration spaces will each be focused on 4 themes. Each of the 4 spaces will have 2 LCD screens allowing 2 demonstrations to occur at the same time. Each LCD screen will be equipped with a networked laptop connected to a screen and the Internet. A small counter and 2 stools for each of the 2 demonstration areas will accommodate the laptop/staff for each demonstration. It will be possible to distribute a brochure or fact sheet.

Demonstration and exhibits of tools may be scheduled for varying periods of time in order to allow as many participants as possible to visit each demonstration, e.g. about 100-200 visitors for each demonstration per day. Demonstration periods are: half day, full day, 2 days.
Themes of the 4 demonstration spaces
The themes covered in the 4 demonstration spaces are:

1. Data management and visualization of information for analysis and decision-making;
2. Collaboration, social networks, e-communities and virtual work groups;
3. Outreach, dissemination, e-government and public participation;
4. Capacity building and technology transfer to support developing countries, including Internet connectivity and training.
Presentation space

The central presentation space will be equipped with a Cisco TelePresence (CTS 1000) suite - allowing for external presenters to present to participants in the COP 15 venue from 61 countries. Presenters may also use two smaller LCD screens to show PowerPoint slides or show a movie on DVD. Some presentation will be webcast on demand on the Internet.

Presentations will be given each day. Presentation start times will vary from day to day, with presentations starting at 10:00 or 11:00 on a few days and at 12:00 on most days. These presentations will last until 17:00. Presentations will also be given from 18:00 to 20:00 on most days. Visitors can check the programme for presentations on the UNFCCC Web site. Presentation periods will be of a maximum of 50 minutes long including Q&A followed by 10 minutes after the end of the presentation to allow for transition to the following presentation.

Online presence
The UNFCCC Internet website will provide a repository for presentations and demonstrations that can be uploaded as well as on demand webcasts.
Note to presenters

People speaking in the central presentation area are asked to show up at the ICT kiosk at least 15 minutes before hand to allow for preparation of their presentation.

iSeeT@theClimateChangeKiosk schedules and programme
Central presentation space schedule for the first week (7 to 12 December) and for the second week (14 to 18 December)
Demonstration spaces programme
Daily Business Talks at 13h00 with International Telecommunications Union (ITU)
Richard Labelle,
iSeeT Exhibit, Manager
Handphone no. in Copenhagen +45 5077 3436
Ms. Karoliina Saarniaho
Exhibit Programme Focal Point (Manages overall Programme of presentations)
Handphone no. in Copenhagen +45 5077 3623
Ms. Ling Ling Federhen
Exhibit Assistant (On-site logistical support)
Handphone no. Copenhagen +45 5077 3639