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Last Updated: 18.01.2012
 
ASIA-PACIFIC REGIONAL MULTI-STAKEHOLDER FORUM ON EMERGENCY TELECOMMUNICATIONS  

The Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT) of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN-ESCAP) jointly organized the “ITU Asia-Pacific Regional Multi-stakeholder Forum on Emergency Telecommunications", which was held at Chinggis Khaan Hotel, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia on 8 – 11 July 2011. The Forum was organized by the ITU and was hosted by the Mongolian Information, Communication Technology and Post Authority (ICTPA) with the support of the Government of Australia through the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, the Communications Regulatory Commission (CRC) of Mongolia, and the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).


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This meeting was of great importance to ITU Member States as emergency telecommunications play a critical role in both disaster early warning and disaster response by ensuring timely flow of information needed by government agencies and other humanitarian actors involved in rescue operations and by providing medical assistance to the injured.

The event partially implemented the Hyderabad Action Plan (HAP) adopted at the ITU World Telecommunication Development Conference 2010 (WTDC-10) in Hyderabad, India, which includes an ITU-D global programme and the Asia-Pacific regional initiative focusing on Emergency Telecommunications. Pursuant to these mandates, specific objectives of this Forum are to:

  • Bring together stakeholders in disaster management which includes governments, inter governmental organizations, private sector, and civil society;
  • Share experiences and best practices in emergency telecommunications at the global level and at the sub-regional level at all phases of disaster management;
  • Discuss issues, technical, policy, regulatory and legal challenges and gaps in emergency telecommunications in order to draw out some recommendations and action plans;
  • Invite partners to join the ITU Framework for Cooperation in Emergencies (IFCE) in order to reinforce ongoing country support by ITU before, during and after disasters strike, using information and communication technologies.
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NAADAM FESTIVAL, 11-13 JULY 2011  
The Naadam festival, or eriyn gurvan naadam, is the biggest festival of the year for Mongolians. It usually runs for three days in all parts of the country and highlights the greatest athletes in horse racing, archery, and wrestling: Mongolia's most popular sports. Women participate in all but the wrestling category. The word Naadam means game or competition in Mongolian.


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FINAL AGENDA  

FRIDAY, 8 JULY 2011 (DAY 1)

08:00-09:00 Registration  
09:00-10:00 Opening Session  
 
  • Welcome Remarks [speech ]
     
H.E. Mr Enkhbold Miye-Gombo, Deputy Prime Minister of Mongolia
  Mr Houlin Zhao
Deputy Secretary-General, ITU
  Mr Bat-Erdene Jalavsuren, Chairman, Information, Communication Technology and Post Authority, Government of Mongolia
  Keynote Address: Mr Boldbaatar Bat-Amgalan, Chairman and CEO, Communication Regulatory Commission (CRC), Mongolia
[speech]
10:00-10:15 Group Photo  
10:15-10:30 Coffee break sponsored by Gemnet LLC.  
10:30-12:15 SESSION 1: GLOBAL CHALLENGES FROM NATURAL DISASTERS AND CLIMATE CHANGE
  Chairperson: Mr Houlin Zhao, Deputy Secretary-General, ITU
 
  • Effective Utilization of Telecommunication for Disaster Risk Management: A Multi-Stakeholders Responsibility
    [presentation ]
Mr Muhammad Saidur Rahman, Director, Bangladesh Disaster Preparedness Centre (BDPC)
[biography]
 
  • ICT, Disaster Risk Reduction and Disaster Management in the Pacific
    [presentation ]
Mr Siaosi Sovaleni, Manager, Pacific ICT Outreach Programme, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC)
[biography]
  Mr Ilyas Ahmed, Chief Executive, Communications Authority of Maldives
[biography]
 
  • Opportunities and Incentives to Increase the Resilience of People and ICT Infrastructure from Disasters
    [presentation ]
Mr Preminda Fernando, Associate Economic Affairs Officer, ICT and DRR Division, ESCAP
[biography]
 
  • Q&A
 
12:15-13:30 Lunch break sponsored by G-Mobile, Mongolia  
13:30-15:15 SESSION 2A: ROLE OF INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGIES AND ADDRESSING THE CHALLENGE OF NATURAL DISASTERS AND CLIMATE CHANGE
  Chairperson: Dr Xuan Zengpei, Director, ICT and DRR Division, ESCAP
 
  • Role of Mobile Satellite Communications during Disaster Events: Focus on Thuraya Products, Services and Applications [presentation ]
Mr Zahid Zaheer, Executive Manager GMPCS Affairs, Thuraya
[biography]
  Mr Ivan Fong, President, Pacific Islands Telecommunications Association (PITA)
[biography]
 
  • Broadband Technologies for Emergency Communications - lessons from the past events [presentation ]
Mr Bharat Bhatia, Regional Director, Asia Pacific, Motoroola Solutions Government Affairs
[biography]
 
  • Requirements for Life-saving Information to Trigger Right Actions to Save Lives at Severe Disasters: Lessons Learned from 11 March 2011 Disasters in Japan
    [presentation ]
Mr Hiroshi Kawamura, President, DAISY Consortium
[biography]
 
  • Q&A
 
15:15-15:30 Coffee break sponsored by Gemnet LLC.  
15:30-17:00 SESSION 2B: ROLE OF INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGIES AND ADDRESSING THE CHALLENGE OF NATURAL DISASTERS AND CLIMATE CHANGE (continued)
  Chairperson: Dr T. Naranmandakh, Deputy Director, Secretary the Chairman’s Council, Legal, Information and Administration Department,Communication Regulatory Commission (CRC), Mongolia
 
  • Emergency Warning Broadcast System - low-cost solution for DVB-x networks using MHEG-5 middleware [presentation ]
Mr Simon Tsang, Regional Sales Manager, S&T
[biography]
 
  • Government Radio Network Today and Future in Korea [presentation ]
Dr Enug-Bae Kim, Senior Researcher, Mobile Communication, Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute
[biography]
 
  • Malaysian Emergency Response System (MERS 999) [presentation - large file]
Mrs Rozinah Anas, Project Director, Telecom Malaysia Berhad, MERS 999
[biography]
 
  • Q&A
 
  Welcome dinner hosted by CRC, Mongolia
   

SATURDAY, 9 JULY 2011 (DAY 2)

09:00-10:30 SESSION 3: ICT APPLICATIONS FOR EMERGENCY TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND DISASTER RISK REDUCTION
  Chairperson: Mr Amgalanbat Batsuren, Director Policy Planning Department, Information, Communication Technology and Post Authority, Government of Mongolia
 
  • ICT and Space Technology for Disaster Risk Reduction [presentation ]
Dr Xuan Zengpei, Director, ICT and Development Section, ICT and DRR, ESCAP
[biography]
 
  • ICT Applications for the People with Disabilities and Ageing as Major Disaster Victims [presentation ]
Prof. Toshio Obi, Director, APEC e-Government Research Center, Waseda University
[biography]
  Mr Nuwan Waidyanatha, Senior Researcher/Project Director, LIRNEasia
[biography]
 
  • Q&A
 
10:30-10:45 Coffee break sponsored by Gemnet LLC.  
10:45-12:15 SESSION 4A: SHARING INFORMATION ON NATIONAL EXPERIENCES IN EMERGENCY TELECOMMUNICATIONS
  Chairperson: Mr Ilyas Ahmed, Chief Executive, Communications Authority of Maldives
 
  • Disaster Management and ICT - what we have learnt from 3.11 [presentation ]
Mr Masanori Kondo, Director for North America, Europe and ITU Affairs, International Policy Division, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, Japan
[biography]
 
  • Use of Telecommunication Before, During, and After Natural Disasters in the Republic of Korea [presentation ]
Dr Dugkeun Park, Geotechnical / International Team Leader, Senior Analyst, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Korea
[biography]
 
  • Emergency Communications Experience of Pakistan Floods 2010 [presentation ]
Mr Ata Hussain, Senior Meteorologist, Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD)
[biography]
 
  • Q&A
 
12:15-13:30 Lunch break sponsored by G-Mobile, Mongolia  
13:30-15:15 SESSION 4B: SHARING INFORMATION ON NATIONAL EXPERIENCES IN EMERGENCY TELECOMMUNICATIONS (continued)
  Chairperson: Dr Ram S. Tiwaree, Economic Affairs Officer, IDD, ESCAP [biography]
 
  • Role of ICT in Reducing Disaster Risk in Mongolia [presentation ]
Mr Mend-Ochir Melscho, Director General, Radio Frequency, Regulation & Monitoring Department, Communication Regulatory Commissions (CRC), Mongolia
[biography]
 
  • Malaysian Emergency Response System (MERS 999) [presentation - large file]
Mrs Rozinah Anas, Project Director, Telecom Malaysia Berhad, MERS 999
[biography]
  Mr Subagyo, Head of Section, Directorate General of Posts and Informatica Resources, Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (MCIT), Indonesia
[biography]
 
  • National Communication & IT Support Plan for Disaster Management[presentation ]
Mr Brijesh Prajapati, Director (WR), Telecom Engineering Centre, Department of Telecom, India
[biography]
 
  • Q&A
 
15:15-15:30 Coffee break sponsored by Gemnet LLC.  
15:30-17:00 SESSION 4C: SHARING INFORMATION ON NATIONAL EXPERIENCES IN EMERGENCY TELECOMMUNICATIONS (continued)
  Chairperson: Mr Masanori Kondo, Director for North America, Europe and ITU Affairs, International Policy Division, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, Japan
 
  • Emergency Telecommunication Services & Bangladesh [presentation ]
Mr S.M. Taifur Rahman, Assistant Director (Engineering & Operations), Bangladesh Telecommunication Regualtory Commission (BTRC), Bangladesh
[biography]
 
  • Developing a National Emergency Telecommunications Plan (NETP) for Samoa [presentation ]
Mr Eteuati Eteuati, Principal Spectrum & Technical Officer, Office of the Regulator, Samoa
[biography]
  Mr Somphone Syhalath, Deputy Director of Frequency Management Division, National Authority of Post and Telecommunication, Lao P.D.R.
 
  • Experience of Nargis Storm in Myanmar and Emergency Communications
    [presentation ]
Mr Lin Lin Ko, Executive Engineer, Mobile Communication Department, Myanmar Posts and Telecommunications, Myanmar
[biography]
 
  • Disaster and Emergency Management in Nepal [presentation ]
     
Mr Birendra Nath Gongal, Deputy Managger, Satellite Services Directorate, Nepal Telecom
[biography]
 
  • Q&A
 
18:30-20:00 Dinner hosted by Information Communication Network LLC
   

SUNDAY, 10 JULY 2011 (DAY 3)

09:00-10:15 SESSION 5: PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS, PROJECTS AND INITIATIVES
  Chairperson: Mr Ivan Fong, President, Pacific Islands Telecommunications Association (PITA)
 
  • Introducing the ITU Framework for Cooperation in Emergencies [presentation ]
Mr Wisit Atipayakoon, Telecom/ICT Specialist, ITU Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific [biography]
 
  • Disaster Communications - Early Warning, Emergency Communications and Preparedness in Mongolia Context
    [presentation ]
Dr Sanjay K. Srivastava, Regional Adviser, Disaster Risk Reduction, IDD, ESCAP
[biography]
 
  • Regional Inter-agency Working Group on ICT - Initiatives on Emergency Communications [presentation ]
Dr Ram S. Tiwaree, Economic Affairs Officer, IDD, ESCAP
[biography]
 
  • Q&A
 
10:15-10:45 SESSION 6: DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSION
  Chairperson: Dr Eun-Ju Kim, Regional Director, ITU Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific [biography]
 
10:45-11:00 CLOSING SESSION
 
  • Closing Remarks
Dr Xuan Zengpei, Director, ICT and Development Section, ICT and DRR, ESCAP
  Dr Eun-Ju Kim, Regional Director, ITU Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific
 
  • Closing Remarks
Mr Bat-Erdene Jalavsuren, Chairman, Information, Communication Technology and Post Authority, Government of Mongolia
11:00-12:00 Lunch sponsored by G-Mobile, Mongolia
12:00-15:00 Travel to horse-racing arena
Evening Farewell Dinner hosted by Mobicom at Hotel Mongolia
   

MONDAY, 11 JULY 2011

  OPENING OF NAADAM FESTIVAL
     
 
AT A GLANCE  

Dates:
8th - 11th July 2011

Registration Deadline:
24th June 2011

Fellowship Deadline:
17th June 2011

Location:
Chinggis Khan Hotel, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Organised by: ITU & ESCAP

Hosted by: Information, Communication Technology, and Post Authority, Government of Mongolia

Contact: For detailed information, please contact

Mr. Wisit Atipayakoon
ITU Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific
Email: wisit.atipayakoon@itu.int

Mr. Cosmas Zavazava
Chief a.i. PKM Dept.
Email: cosmas.zavazava@itu.int

Target Audience:
  • Policy makers
  • Regulators
  • Administrators and officials dealing with disaster management, disaster risk reduction and emergency communications
  • Private sector and Industry
  • NGOs and civil society
     
HOST & ORGANISER  
Hosted by:

Information, Communication Technology,
and Post Authority




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