IGF 2023 WS #570 Climate change and Technology implementation

Tuesday, 10th October, 2023 (01:15 UTC) - Tuesday, 10th October, 2023 (02:15 UTC)
WS 2 – Room A

Sustainability & Environment
Existing and New Technologies as Climate Risks
Existing and New Technologies as Climate Solutions

Organizer 1: Iarah Iarah Rosa da Silva , Sebrae
Organizer 2: Rosanna Fanni, 🔒
Organizer 3: Climate Youth Japan Seinen Kankyo NGO, Climate Youth Japan
Organizer 4: James Amattey, Norenson IT
Organizer 5: Levy Syanseke , Internet Society Zambia Chapter

Speaker 1: Climate Youth Japan Seinen Kankyo NGO, Civil Society, Asia-Pacific Group
Speaker 2: João Vitor Andrade, Civil Society, Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC)
Speaker 3: James Amattey, Private Sector, African Group
Speaker 4: Denise Leal, Private Sector, Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC)
Speaker 5: Igor José Da Silva Araújo , Civil Society, Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC)


Iarah Iarah Rosa da Silva , Private Sector, Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC)

Online Moderator

Rosanna Fanni, Civil Society, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)


Levy Syanseke , Civil Society, African Group


Round Table - 60 Min

Policy Question(s)

A.How can the internet and technologies collaborate to fight climate change? B.Which kind of policies about technology and the internet could collaborate on the theme of climate change? C.What are the negative impacts of technology in climate change?

What will participants gain from attending this session? Participants will gain understanding of the work done by youth-led initiatives, and access to a report, available on the Climate Youth Japan website, that summarizes the discussions, case analyses, and recommendations presented during the session; which will serve as a reference for researchers, policy makers, and practitioners involved in the field of climate change and technology implementation. The session is expected to raise awareness about the importance of technology accountability for environmental cases, highlighting the treaties, challenges and best practices in the context of climate change. Making concrete recommendations to improve policies, and exploring innovative solutions are also objectives. It is expected to stimulate the engagement of youth leaders, policymakers and platforms. At the end we will invite participants to review our work and discuss our proposals, while the output of this session will be shared with governments, international and non-governmental organizations.


Technologies that we use to address climate change are known as climate technologies. Climate technologies that help us reduce GHGs include renewable energies such as wind energy, solar power and hydropower. To adapt to the adverse effects of climate change, we use climate technologies such as drought-resistant crops, early warning systems and sea walls. There are also ‘soft’ climate technologies, such as energy-efficient practices or training for using equipment (UNFCC). This session aims to delve into the role of technology in climate change. Researchers on Climate Change who are par of the Climate Youth Japan and of South America who are part of the Natural Resources Law and Sustainable Development Research Group are going to power the debates with lots of innovative information about climate change, internet, technology implementation and regulations. To set the context, the discussion will begin with the exploration of Addis Ababa Messages from IGF 2022 pertinent to Sustainability and Environment. Our young panelists, leading the change in their respective domains, will discuss the current state of regulation in their regions, and the instrumental role youth are playing towards progression, they will delve into the repercussions of Sustainability challenges on internet governance, and the role of technology in guaranteeing the right of future generations to an ecologically balanced environment. Our speakers will guide the session showing how the internet is the central pillar, in view of the complexity of the structure, being necessary the participation of technology companies, universities, search centers for development and regulation and international institutions as the United Nations, for a plan of evolution in the scenario of environmental protection and international cooperation.The result of the proposal is economic, social and educational transformation, and also improvement of quality of life worldwide.

Expected Outcomes

Session Outcomes: A - Expanding the vision of the people present in relation to the role technology takes in climate change. B- Clarify what kind of technology and general investments it has to be made to reach the expected goals and understand what can come from this development scenario. Specific Outcomes: A- Report summarizing the session. It will be shared online with IGF participants and stakeholders in the platforms of GERN, Youth Climate Japan, and Youth LACIGF in 2024. B- Compilation of best practices and case studies that present successful initiatives and approaches to promote inclusion and equity in the use of technology in the environment. This resource will be disseminated through online platforms. C- Follow-up event to continue the dialogue and build on the discussions and utcomes of the session in partnership of GERN, Youth Climate Japan, and Youth LACIGF in 2024.

Hybrid Format: The session aims to facilitate a roundtable where participants will be part of the session itself. Tentative agenda: 5’: Introduction and background. The moderator explains how the session will take place and points out that attendees can ask questions by using the hand-raising option or in the chat (online), or by requesting the floor (onsite). 40’: The moderator introduces the policy issues and addresses the speakers with questions in a roundtable fashion. 10’: Open floor. The moderator invites all participants to take the floor either online or onsite. 5’: Key takeaways (rapporteur) and conclusions. The session is going to ensure interactions through a Q&A and comment section in the online application where the session will be taking place (e.g. Zoom). Both online and onsite moderators will make sure that the questions and comments are not overlooked through effective communication, but play an important role throughout the session