The world’s political leaders have taken important steps to address the challenge of climate change with the entry into force of the Paris Agreement of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) on November 4, 2016.  A core part of this agenda is to de-link economic growth from resource use, especially energy consumption. The implementation of information and communications technology (ICT) is vital to the meaningful achievement of this agenda.

In 2015 the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) laid out a roadmap for doing just this with its SMARTer 2030– ICT Solutions for 21st Century Challenges. The SMARTer2030 Action Coalition launched on November 17, 2016 intends to bring together the actors whose involvement is needed to make this vision a reality: ICT industry, business, policymakers and civil society. Led by GeSI, the Coalition will work to support the achievement of the goals set by the Paris Agreement through public awareness, education, and mobilization.

By creating this Coalition in November 2016, GeSI recognizes the leadership of Morocco as host of COP22, and the crucial role it played in its establishment.