February 27, 2011

ICT and Environmental Sustainability

In this paper, published as part of a report on ICTs and Environmental Society, Arseh Sevom’s Sohrab Razzaghi argues that ICT can be used to promote sustainable growth in Iran. He suggests using Information and Communication Technology to address issues of city management, pollution, and environmental issues. The paper stresses the need for more open access to ICT and a commitment to democratic values.

In keeping with commitments made by and with the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), the paper emphasizes these points:

    An emphasis on being global, inseparable, mutually dependent, as well as on human rights and fundamental freedoms, democracy, sustainable development and good governance.
    Equal and free access for all.
    Widening access to global knowledge in relation to health and hygiene.
    Using ICTs to combat poverty and support indigenous products.
    Reducing the digital and gender gap by increasing the participation of women, and protecting children.
    ICT capacity building for all, especially for the youth and older women (highlighting permanent systems for e-learning and education).
    Digitalising historical and heritage data.
    An emphasis on governmental collaboration with NGOs and the private sector (i.e. on multi-stakeholder partnerships).
    The growth of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)

Download the pdf by clicking here: Iran: ICTs and Sustainability

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