Cisco Selected as Official Technology Partner for U.N. Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen
Cisco TelePresence Will Facilitate Key Discussions During Global Climate Change Negotiations
Bangkok, October 2, 2009 - Cisco has been selected by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark as the official technology partner for the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen (COP15), which will take place in Copenhagen in December. The Bangkok Climate Change Talks, from September 28 to October 9, is an important leg of the series of working meetings leading to COP15.
Cisco's partnership with the Danish government to deploy Cisco TelePresenceTM systems and networking solutions that will connect the COP15 venue with cities around the globe, provides the company an opportunity to demonstrate the potential for technology to be a key enabler of environmental sustainability.
Through Cisco TelePresence, government representatives, intergovernmental organizations, nongovernmental organizations and the press will, for the first time, be able to conduct important meetings and climate negotiations with stakeholders in their home countries or other locations while they are in Copenhagen. This new offering is part of the Danish government's commitment toward making COP15 as environmentally friendly and collaborative as possible. Cisco TelePresence will also be used to enable virtual in-person collaboration between the United Nations and Danish hosts prior to the conference.
The Conference of the Parties is an annual gathering of the members of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change to assess progress in dealing with the issue of climate change. The objective of the COP15 conference in Copenhagen is to set a global agreement between all of the countries of the world in reducing greenhouse gas emissions resulting from human activities.
"There is a lot at stake for our planet at COP15. As the host country, Denmark is well aware of its responsibility," said Svend Olling, head of department, Royal Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, who is in Bangkok to attend the Bangkok Climate Change talks. "It is our ambition to find innovative ways for all parties to the convention as well as civil society representatives to cooperate efficiently and in a sustainable way in order to reach an ambitious deal at COP15 in Copenhagen. To this end, we are thrilled to have Cisco as our official technology partner."
"Technology has a critical role to play in helping to address the world's environmental challenges. Enabling technologies such as video, virtualization and unified communications help to reduce the amount of energy we consume and our need to travel, enabling us to live a more efficient and sustainable lifestyle," said Dr. Tatchapol Poshyanonoda, managing director of Cisco Thailand. "We are also honored that Thailand is hosting one of the key meetings in the COP15 process. Thailand is working diligently towards establishing strong environmentally sustainable fundamentals with technology at its core but it's a long journey that requires close and committed collaboration between the public and private sectors working for the good of the people."
Cisco is committed to a high level of environmental responsibility in its business operations, culture, products and customer solutions. Cisco's vision is for the power of technology to transform how the world manages its environmental and energy challenges. Internally, Cisco has deployed 624 TelePresence units in more than 190 locations, which has allowed it to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from business travel by almost 164,296 metric tons.
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