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2009 Conference

The “ICT for a global sustainable future” conference took place in Brussels on January 22-23, 2009 under the aegis of the European Commission and with the support of many international organisations, including the OECD, UNESCO, and ITU. It is estimated that over 800 persons from around 70 countries followed the event.

The opening session included speeches from Viviane Reding (European Commissioner, Information Society and Media), Hamadoun I. Touré (Secretary-General, International Telecommunication Union), Jeremy Rifkin (President, Foundation on Economic Trends), Hans-Gert Pöttering (President of the European Parliament), and Maria da Graça Carvalho (Principal Adviser, Bureau of European Policy Advisers, European Commission).

During the first day, over 20 keynote speakers shared with the audience their vision of today’s global challenges and of how to address them to ensure a true sustainable future (particularly thanks to Information and Communication Technologies). During the second day, after opening addresses from the European Committee of the regions and from the European Economic and Social Committee, 25 other speakers introduced the different sustainable future initiatives funded by the European Commission and discussed possible future directions for EU ICT research.

The event can be considered as having reached its two main objectives: further developing and validating the PARADISO vision (in this context, a revised version of the PARADISO reference document has been produced) and bringing the message towards, if not having it endorsed by, the various political instances of the European Union.

Thursday, January 22
  • 8:00 Welcome Coffee
  • 10:00 Opening addresses
  •   Yann Arthus-Bertrand, Photographer ('Home' teaser)
  •   Viviane Reding, Commissioner for Information Society and Media, European Commission
    Viviane_Reding.pdf
  •   Hamadoun I. Touré, Secretary-General, International Telecommunication Union
    Hamadoun_Toure.pdf
  •   Jeremy Rifkin, President, Foundation on Economic Trends
  •   Maria da Graça Carvalho, Principal Adviser to the Bureau of European Policy Advisers, European Commission
    Maria_DaGracaCarvalho.pdf
  •   Hans-Gert Pöttering, President, European Parliament
    Hans-Gert_Pottering.pdf
  • 11:30 Coffee / Tea Break
  • 12:00 Today's global challenges: keynote addresses
    Moderated by Vittorio Prodi, Member of the European Parliament
  •   Philippe Quéau, Director, UNESCO Office in Rabat (Morocco)
    Philippe_Queau.pdf
  •   Elly Plooij, Former Vice-President, European Parliament
    Elly_Plooij.pdf
  •   Jaroslaw Pietras, Director General, European Council
    Jaroslaw_Pietras.pdf
  • 13:15 Lunch Break
  • 14:30 Visions of a true sustainable future: keynote addresses
    Moderated by Roger Torrenti, Coordinator of the PARADISO FP7 Project
  •   Roger Torrenti, Coordinator of the PARADISO FP7 Project, Sigma Orionis
    Roger_Torrenti.pdf
  •   Jakob von Uexkull, Founder, World Future Council
    Jakob_VonUexkuell.pdf
  •   Jeff McNeely, Chief Scientist, International Union for Conservation of Nature
    Jeff_McNeely.pdf
  •   Peter Madden, Chief Executive , Forum for the Future
    Peter_Madden.pdf
  •   Michelangelo Pistoletto, Painter and Art Theorist
    Michelangelo_Pistoletto.pdf
  •   Dasho Karma Ura, President, Center for Bhutan Studies
    Dasho_Karma_Ura.pdf
  •   Nic Marks, Founder of the Centre for well-being, NEF (New Economic Foundation)
    Nic_Marks.pdf
  •   Enrico Giovannini, Director of the Statistic Directorate and Chief Statistician, OECD
    Enrico_Giovannini.pdf
  • 16:00 Coffee / Tea Break
  • 16:30 The role of ICT to ensure a global sustainable future
    Moderated by Mario Campolargo, Director, Directorate-General Information Society and Media, European Commission (introductory address)
  •   Vinton G. Cerf, Vice-President & Chief Internet Evangelist, Google
  •   Lynn St Amour, President & CEO, The Internet Society
    Lynn_StAmour.pdf
  •   Jeremy Rifkin, President, Foundation on Economic Trends
  •   Basie von Solms, President, International Federation for Information Processing
    Basie_VonSolms.pdf
  •   Guo Liang, Deputy Director, Center for Social Development, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
    Guo_Liang.pdf
  •   Steve Bratt, CEO, the World Wide Web Consortium
    Steve_Bratt.pdf
  •   Frantz Verella, Former Minister for Public Works, Transport and Communications, Haiti
    Frantz_Verella.pdf
  • 18:30 End of conference programme for day 1

Friday, January 23
  • 8:00 Welcome of participants
  • 9:00 Opening addresses
    Chaired by Antti Peltomaki, Deputy Director General, Directorate-General Information Society and Media, European Commission
  •   Antti Peltomaki, Deputy Director General, Directorate-General Information Society and Media, European Commission
    Antti_Peltomaki.pdf
  •   Keith Walters, First Vice-chair of the EDUC Commission, Committee of the Regions
    Keith_Walters.pdf
  •   Anna-Maria Darmanin, Member of the European Economic and Social Committee
    Anna-Maria_Darmanin.pdf
  • 9:30 Sustainable future: initiatives funded by the European Commission
    Moderated by Jacques Babot, Directorate-General Information Society and Media, European Commission
  •   Jacques Babot, , Directorate-General Information Society and Media, European Commission
    Jacques_Babot.pdf
  •   Pieter Everaers, Director, Eurostat
    Pieter_Everaers.pdf
  •   Katarina Hejdova, Directorate-General Research, European Commission
    Katarina_Hejdova.pdf
  •   Bror Salmelin, Advisor, Directorate-General Information Society and Media, European Commission
    Bror_Salmelin.pdf
  •   Ilias Iakovidis, Directorate-General Information Society and Media, European Commission
    Ilias_Iakovidis.pdf
  •   Latif Ladid, President, IPv6 Forum
    Latif_Ladid.pdf
  •   Carmen Mena Abela, Directorate-General Information Society and Media, European Commission
    Carmen_MenaAbela.pdf
  • 11:00 Coffee / Tea Break
  • 11:30 Future directions for EU ICT research (panel session)
    Moderated by Fabrizio Sestini, Directorate-General Information Society and Media, European Commission
  •   Fabrizio Sestini, Directorate-General Information Society and Media, European Commission
    Fabrizio_Sestini.pdf
  •   Lorenz Bogaert, CEO, Netlog
    Lorenz_Bogaert.pdf
  •   Elmar Husman, IBM Senior Managing Consultant, SC Member of the NESSI ETP
    Elmar_Husman.pdf
  •   Fabrizio Davide, Director Marketing of ICT Services to Corporate Sector, Telecom Italia
    Fabrizio_Davide.pdf
  •   Simon Hampton, Director of European Public Policy & Government Relations, Google
    Simon_Hampton.pdf
  •   Martin Curley, Global Director, IT Innovation, Intel Corp.
    Martin_Curley.pdf
  •   Afonso Ferreira, Head of Science Operations, COST Office
    Afonso_Ferreira.pdf
  •   Ian Brown, Oxford Internet Institute
    Ian_Brown.pdf
  • 13:00 Lunch break
  • 14:00 Keynote lecture from Natalie Jeremijenko, Artist and Engineer, Associate Professor at New York University
  • 14:30 Feedback from the PARADISO open consultation
    Moderated by Roland Burger, Manager of the PARADISO FP7 Project
  •   Li Jun, CEO, CCID Consulting Ltd.
    Li_Jun.pdf
  •   Sergey Kapitza, Professor, Russian Academy of Natural Sciences
    Sergey_Kapitza.pdf
  •   Oliver Popov, Professor, Computer Science Department, Stockholm University / KTH
    Oliver_Popov.pdf
  •   Raymond Morel, Professor, Univ. Geneva and IFIP
    Raymond_Morel.pdf
  •   Thomas Schauer, Director, Club of Rome ESC
    Thomas_Schauer.pdf
  •   Andre Stochniol, Founder, IMERS (International Maritime Emission Reduction Scheme)
    Andre_Stochniol.pdf
  •   François E. Cellier, Professor, Institute of Computational Science, ETH Zurich
    Francois_E_Cellier.pdf
  •   Alberto Munoz Gallego, R&D Engineer, Telefonica
    Alberto_Munoz_Gallego.pdf
  •   Lorenz Hilty, Professor, EMPA (Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Testing and Research)
    Lorenz_Hilty.pdf
  •   Lizbeth Goodman, Professor, Chair in Creative Technology Innovation, University of East London
  •   Marie-Anne Delahaut, Director of research, The Destree Institute, Head of Millennia 2015
    Marie-Anne_Delahaut.pdf
  •   Gaston Zongo, ICT4D Senior Advisor, ESMT-IMPACT Africa
    Gaston_Zongo.pdf
  • 16:15 Closing session: next steps
    Moderated by Per Blixt, Head of Unit, Directorate-General Information Society and Media, European Commission
  •   Per Blixt, Head of Unit, Directorate-General Information Society and Media, European Commission
    Per_Blixt.pdf
  • 16:30 End of the conference