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Multi-stakeholder Forum on the Role of Telecommunications/ICT in Disaster
Management and Climate Change, Guatemala City, Guatemala, 5-7 November 2012
 

The World Telecommunication Development Conference that was held in Hyderabad, India in 2010 (WTDC-2010), identified natural disasters as a major threat to socio-economic development and adopted emergency telecommunications as one of the regional Initiatives for almost all the regions including in the Americas. In light of this, the International Telecommunication Union and the Superintendencia de Telecomunicaciones of Guatemala, are jointly organizing an event, "Multi-stakeholder Forum on the Role of Telecommunications/ICT in Disaster Management and Climate Change”, to be held in Guatemala City, Guatemala, from 5 to 7 November 2012.

This sub-regional event will bring together national agencies involved in disaster risk reduction and disaster management, private telecommunication entities, United Nations Agencies, and Non-Governmental Organizations to share knowledge, discuss and exchange views on how to assist countries and communities to mitigate, respond and cope with natural disasters.

 

The venue for the forum is:

Centro de Capacitación en Tecnologías de la Información y Comunicación (Centro TICs)
Instituto Técnico de Capacitación y Productividad (INTECAP)
Calle del Estadio Mateo Flores 8-79 Zona 5
Guatemala City, 01005
Guatemala


PBX:       +502 2410 5555 ext. 911

Site:       http://www.intecap.edu.gt

Documents in English  Los documentos en Español

 

 

ITU Multi-stakeholder Forum on Emergency Telecommunications (Bogota, Colombia, 24-26 July 2012)  
The World Telecommunication Development Conference that was held in Hyderabad, India in 2010 (WTDC-2010),  identified natural disasters as a major threat to socio-economic development and adopted emergency telecommunications as one of the regional initiatives for almost all the regions including in the Americas. In light of this, the International Telecommunication Union and the Ministry of Information and Communication Technologies of Colombia are jointly organizing an event, "Multi-stakeholder Forum on Emergency Telecommunications," to be held in Bogota, Colombia, from 24 to 26 July, 2012.
 
This sub-regional event will bring together national agencies involved in disaster risk reduction and disaster management, private telecommunication entities, United Nations Agencies, and Non-Governmental Organizations to discuss and exchange views on how to assist countries and communities to mitigate, respond and cope with natural disasters.

The event will be conducted in both Spanish and English.

The venue for the forum is:

Hotel Marriott Bogotá
Av. El Dorado # 69b – 53
Tel.         (57) 1 485 1111
Fax.        (57) 1 485 1112
Bogotá / Colombia
Site:       www.marriott.com/bogmc

Documents in English  Los documentos en Español

 

 

MIC-ITU Symposium on Disaster Communications Sendai, Japan (16 March 2012) / ITU-D Study Group 2 Rapporteur Group meetings in March 2012  

In light of the frequency and magnitude of recent natural disasters, and in line with the Hyderabad Action Plan adopted by the World Telecommunication Development Conference in 2010 (WTDC-10), the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) Japan and ITU are jointly organizing a Symposium on Disaster Communications on 16 March 2012 in Sendai City, at the Sendai International Center (http://www.sira.or.jp/icenter/english/index.html and www.itu.int/itu-d/emergencytelecoms/events.html)

The event will focus on the application of telecommunications/ICTs for the purpose of disaster preparedness, mitigation, response and recovery. Lessons will be mainly drawn from Japan that is currently involved in recovery efforts following the Great East Japan Earthquake of 11 March, 2011. The one-day symposium will be followed by an excursion around Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture, one of the affected areas.

The symposium will be held back-to-back with Rapporteur Group meetings for Questions 22-1/2, 10-3/2, 11-3/2, 25/2 (15 March-21 March 2012). For the full description of each Study Questions, please visit: http://www.itu.int/net3/ITU-D/stg/index.aspx

The venue for the workshop is:

Sendai Internation Centre

Aobayama,
Aoba-ku,
Sendai,
980-0856 Japan

http://www.sira.or.jp/icenter/english/index.html

Documents in English 

 

Workshop on the Use of Telecommunication/ICTs for Disaster Management: Saving Lives
Harare, Zimbabwe, 28 - 30 NOVEMBER 2011

 
International Telecommunication Union (ITU) jointly with PORTRAZ organized a Multi-stakeholder workshop on the use of Telecommunications/ICT for Disaster Management: Saving Lives that took place in Harare, Zimbabwe, 28-30 November 2011.  The purpose of this event was to bring together the main stakeholders active in the dissemination of ICTs and their use for disaster mitigation, and to serve as a forum in which they can map out concrete strategies and adopt practical measures aimed at giving ICTs a central role to play in disaster prevention and management, i.e. early warning, preparedness, relief and response.

Venue :

Rainbow Towers Hotel
Jacaranda 3
Harare

Documents and presentations

EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS, CLIMATE CHANGE, E-WASTE AND CYBER SECURITY AWARENESS WORKSHOP
Zambia, 28 NOVEMBER - 2 DECEMBER 2011

 

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) participated in the five-day workshop - “Emergency Communications, Climate Change, E-Waste and Cyber Security Awareness Workshop” organized by the Zambia ICT Authority (ZICTA).  The event was held in Lusaka, Zambia from 28 November to 02 December 2011.

The Forum brought together country representatives, international organizations, civil protection and enforcement agencies, academic institutions and other stakeholders involved in disaster management, envionment, regulation, cybercrime and cybersecurity to discuss the role of telecommunications/ICTs in improving lives.  The Forum’s main goal was to sensitize the stakeholders in Zambia in relation to topics covered during the five day workshop.

The event raised many important issues, including:

Role of telecommunications/ICTs in disaster management
Tampere Convention, the importance of its ratification
National Emergency Telecommunications Plan, Early Warning System
Country experiences in disaster management
Cybercrime and Cybersecurity
ICT Regulation and Enablement
e-Waste Management and Environment
Climate Change Adaptation and ICTs

Documents

Workshop on Saving Lives Through Emergency Telecommunications
Abidjan, Ivory Coast, 16 -18 November 2011

 

International Telecommunication Union (ITU) will actively participate at the second forum on standardization . The theme of the Forum - “Saving Lives through Emergency Telecommunications” is organized by the Agence des Télécommunications de Côte d’Ivoire (ATCI).  The event will be held in Abidjan, Ivory Coast from 16-18 November 2011.

The Forum will bring together country representatives, international organizations, civil protection agencies, academic institutions and other stakeholders involved in disaster management to discuss the role of telecommunications/ICTs in saving lives.  

The event will raise some important issues, among others as:

  • Role of telecommunications/ICTs in disaster management
  • Tampere Convention, the importance of its ratification
  • National Emergency Telecommunications Plan
  • Country experiences in disaster management

The event will be conducted in French.

Should you have any questions regarding the organization of the seminar or need any further information, please contact:

Doua Pascal
Sous Directeur de l'homologation et de la Normalisation
Agence des Télécommunications de Côte d'Ivoire(atci)
Marcory Anoumanbo
Tel  +22520344202
doua (at) atci.ci

The venue for the workshop is:

Complexe CRRAE UMOA
Avenue Botreau Roussel
Abidjan Plateau
Google map

Documents and presentations in French

Workshop on the use of Telecommunications in Disaster Prevention and Mitigation
Mar del Plata, Argentina, 29 August 2011

 

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the Inter American Telecommunication Commission (CITEL) will jointly be organizing a workshop on the use of Telecommunications in Disaster Prevention and Mitigation.

The event will focus on the role of information and Communication Technologies before, during, and after disasters strike as outlined in the attached programme. Speakers will be drawn from both ITU Member States and ITU Sector Members from the Americas Region. Participation will also be open to related Government Ministries, Telecommunication Regulatory Authorities, ITU Sector Members, Associates and Academia, and Non-Governmental Organizations. Key topics on disaster risk reduction, climate change, disaster preparedness, disaster response and recovery will be discussed.

The venue for the workshop is:

Costa Galana Hotel
Bv. Marítimo Patricio Peralta Ramos 5725
Tel/Fax +54 223-486-0000
Mar del Plata / Provincia de Buenos Aires
República Argentina
http://www.hotelcostagalana.com

Documents

ITU ASIA-PACIFIC REGIONAL MULTI-STAKEHOLDER FORUM ON EMERGENCY TELECOMMUNICATIONS
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia on 8 – 11 July 2011

 

The Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT) of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) 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). more...

The venue for the event is:

Chinggis Khan Hotel
Ulaanbaatar
Mongolia
http://www.chinggis-hotel.com/

Documents
Round table on the reconstruction of Haiti
St. Michael, Barbados (29 - 30 June, 2010)
 

The International Telecommunication Union and the Government of Haiti will be organizing a Round Table on the Reconstruction of Haiti’s telecommunications sector in the aftermath of the January 12, 2010 earthquake, with its development partners on June 29-30, 2010 in Bridgetown, the capital of Barbados. The Round Table has the support of the Government of Barbados and that of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).

The International Telecommunication Union attaches high importance to the Round Table Meeting as it provides an opportunity for the ITU to engage our development partners in meaningful discussions.

 

The venue for the round table meeting is:

Hilton Hotel

Needham’s Point,
St. Michael, Barbados

Tel: +246 467 5684
Fax: +246 434 5792
Email: teresa.nicholls@hilton.com

 

Documents in English 

Invitation letters
  To:

 

Documents in French
WSIS Forum 2010 - High Level Debate on ICTs for Disaster Management
Geneva, Switzerland (10-14 October, 2010)
 
The high level debate on ICTs for Disaster Management will explore the role of Information and Communications Technology in Disaster Management, ranging from disaster prediction, monitoring and detection to coordinating search and rescue operation and in providing critical information for victims of disasters. For more details on the topics to be covered, please click here.

Relevant documentation about the Forum is available at the WSIS Forum 2010 webpage: www.wsis.org/forum

 

National Workshop on the Use of Information and Communication Technologies in Disaster Management
Kampala, Uganda (27-29 October, 2009)
 
The event is co-organized by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the Uganda Communication Commission (UCC).

This event will address policy, regulatory, and technological and climate change issues. A case study based approach will be used to assist countries design and integrate national emergency telecommunications plans into national disaster management plans.
The event
will provide an overview of disaster management today and the role that information and communication technologies play in this area covering all the phases of disaster management. Sessions will include regulatory challenges and discussions on challenges resulting from climate change and demonstrate the role of ICT in disaster risk reduction.

The venue for the workshop is:

Grand Imperial Hotel

Nile Avenue
Kampala, Uganda
Tel: +256 (0)414 311048
Fax: +256 (0)414 250606
Email:
reservations@gihotel.co.ug

 

Documents in English 
ITU Workshop on Accessibility
Bamako, Mali (13-15 October, 2009)
 

At the kind invitation of the administration of Mali, ITU will organize a two and a half day workshop on Accessibility in Bamako, Mali, from 13 to 15 October 2009. The event will promote awareness of the needs of persons with disabilities in terms of access to ICTs.

  • For more information about this event, please click here

 

Central African Workshop on the Use of Telecommunications/ICT for Disaster Management
São Tomé & Principe, (21-25 September, 2009)
 

This training workshop is the third in a series for the Central African region. The first one was held in 2007 in Yaounde, Cameroon. That event adopted a Plan of Action which came under extensive review and implementation assessment in 2008 in Kigali, Rwanda. The workshop is being held  against the backdrop of a number of deadly disasters recently experienced in different regions of the world to include floods, earthquakes and cyclones.

The purpose of this event is to bring together stakeholders that are involved in disaster management from each of the countries in the Central African region. For the first time participants will receive hands-on training on the deployment and use of satellite terminals for disaster response/relief.

 

The venue for the workshop is:

 

Hotel Pestana São Tomé

Av. Marginal 12 de Julho
851 República Democrática de São Tomé e Príncipe
Tel: +239 244 500
Fax: +239 224 978

Email: pestana.saotome@pestana.com

 

Documents in English  Documents in French  

 

 

Central American Workshop on Disaster Management
San Salvador, El Salvador (21-23 September, 2009)
 

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and Superintendencia General De Electricidad Y Telecomunicaciones (SIGET) are jointly organizing a training workshop on Disaster Management. The workshop is being held  against the backdrop of a number of deadly disasters recently experienced in different regions of the world to include floods, earthquakes and cyclones.

The purpose of this event is to bring together stakeholders that are involved in disaster management from each of the countries in the Central Americas region. For the first time participants will receive hands-on training on the deployment and use of satellite terminals for disaster response/relief.

 

The venue for the workshop is:

 

Hotel Real Intercontinental San Salvador

Blvd  De Los Heros
San Salvador

Tel: +
503 22113333
Fax: +
503 22114444

 

Documents in English  Documents in Spanish  
Using ICT for Effective Disaster Management Pacific forum
Apia, Samoa (7-9 July, 2009)
 

International Telecommunication Union (ITU) jointly with the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO) and the Commonwealth Secretariat's Governance and Institutional Development Department (GIDD) is organizing the “Using ICT for Effective Disaster Management Pacific Forum” from 7 to 9 July 2009 in Apia, Samoa.

The Forum, which will kindly be hosted by the Government of Samoa, will bring together policy makers, national disaster management officers and experts, as well as ICT professionals from across the region and beyond.

It is envisaged that the practical tools and the interactive nature of the Forum will result in the establishment of sustainable mechanisms for networking, improved stakeholder collaboration and capacity building across the region.

This Forum will take place at Aggies Hotel in Apia.

 

 

JOINT ITU – GREECE (MINISTRY OF TRANSPORT AND COMMUNICATIONS) WORKSHOP ON EMERGENCY TELECOMMUNICATIONS, Greece (8 April 2009)  

 

 

For more information about this event, please click here

Workshop on Use of Information and Communication Technologies in Disaster Management
Dakar, Senegal (10 - 12 March, 2009)
 

The event is co-organised by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the Agence de Régulation des Télécommunications et des Postes (ARTP), Senegal.

This event which is being organized within the framework of the Telecommunication Development Bureau's Programme 6 (Least Developed Countries, Small Island Developing States and Emergency Telecommunications), will be held against a backdrop of an increase in the frequency and magnitude of disasters across the globe. The event will address policy, regulatory, and technological and climate change issues. A case study based approach will be used to assist countries design and integrate national emergency telecommunications plans into national disaster management plans.

 

The venue for the workshop is:

 

Hotel TERROU-BI       
Corniche Ouest Boulevard Martin Luther King,
BP 1179 Dakar
Senegal

Phone: (221) 33 839 90 39
Fax: (221) 33 821 40 74
E-mail: terroubi@terroubi.com 
http://www.terroubi.com  
                                                            
(20 minutes by car from Le Méridien President)

 

Documents in English  Documents in French  
Documents in Russian  Documents in Spanish 

 

 

Documents in Arabic  Documents in Chinese 

 

 

 

 

ITU Southern and Eastern Africa Workshop on the Use of Telecommunications/ICT for Disaster Management: Saving Lives
Lusaka, Zambia (17 – 18 July 2008)
 

The purpose of this event is to bring together humanitarian stakeholders who will contribute to discussions that will revolve around the use of telecommunications/ICT resources before, during, and after disasters. Participants will map out concrete strategies and adopted practical measures aimed at giving telecommunications/ICT a central role in disaster management, i.e. early warning, preparedness, relief/response, and reconstruction. Other key issues to be covered include: policy, regulation, technology, finance, and the general development and deployment of last-mile communications systems.

This event for the southern and eastern Africa regions, brought together officials from government ministries, regulatory authorities, the private sector, United Nations Agencies, and Non-Governmental Organizations.

 

 

 

Training Workshop on Disaster Management including the Integration of Emergency Telecommunications Plans into Disaster Management Plans
(Kigali, Rwanda, 9-11, July 2008)
 

This training workshop is the second in a series for the Central African region. The first one was held in 2007 in Yaounde, Cameroon. That event adopted a Plan of Action which will come under extensive review and implementation assessment in Kigali. The event comes at an opportune time when the world is grappling with the spectre of a number of deadly disasters that have recently hit the various regions of the world to include floods, earthquakes and cyclones.

The purpose of this event is to bring together stakeholders that are involved in disaster management from each of the countries in the Central African region. The workshop will provide participants with a forum where they can map up concrete strategies and adopt practical measures that could save lives through emergency telecommunications.

The venue for the workshop is:

 

 Novotel Umubano

 Tel:   +250 582 176

 Mob: +250 818 7100

 Fax:  +250 582 957

 Email: h3410@accor.com

 Location:  Kacyiru

 www.novotel.com

 

 

 

Documents in English  Documents in French  

 

 

Global Forum on Effective Use of Telecommunications/ICT for Disaster Management: Saving Lives, Geneva International Conference Center (CICG), Geneva, Switzerland 10 -12 December 2007  
The purpose of this event is to bring together the main stakeholders active in developing, deploying and using telecommunications/ICT for disaster mitigation, and to serve as a forum in which they can map out concrete strategies and adopt practical measures aimed at giving telecommunications/ICT a central role in disaster management, i.e. early warning, preparedness, relief and response. The discussions will focus on policy, regulation, technology, finance and the deployment of last-mile communications systems. The debate will take a multi-hazard approach, as the role of telecommunications/ICT remains the same irrespective of the nature or type of disaster at hand. Attention will also be focused on the ways in which last-mile solutions can be integrated into existing and future early warning systems. For this, cooperation among organizations involved in disaster prevention and management is an essential element.

Dates: 10 December (Monday) – 12 December (Wednesday) 2007

Venue: Geneva International Conference Centre (CICG), Geneva, Switzerland

For further details:

  • Declaration (French, Spanish, Русский, عربي, 中文

  • Draft Agenda 

  • Background Information download

  • ITU Framework for Cooperation in Emergencies (IFCE)

  • Parallel Event - Workshop on the Role of Remote Sensing in Disaster Management

  • List of Participants

  • Global Forum Slideshow

  • ITU News magazine: December 2007

  • Sponsors:

     

    2nd Humanitarian Development Summit, Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC), 17-19 October 2007  

    ITU work on emergency telecommunications contributes to the Humanitarian Development Summit I7-19 October 2007

     

    ITU Sub-Regional Workshop on the Role of Telecommunications/ICT in Disaster Management for the Central African Region, 30th May-1st June 2007, Yaoundé Cameroon.  

     

    Documents in English  Documents in French  
     
    Joint ITU/LAS/UN Agencies Regional Conference on  "Disaster: Relief and Management: International Cooperation and Role of ICT"         14-17 April 2007, Alexandria Egypt  


    The International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the League of Arab States (LAS) and a number of other United Nations Agencies in cooperation with the Arab Academy for Science & Technology & Maritime Transport (ITU-D sector member) are organizing a Joint Regional Conference. The event is on “Disaster: Relief and Management: International Cooperation & Role of ICT”, and will take place in Alexandria, Egypt, from 14 to 17 April 2007.

    It is hoped that this event will provide more guidance on technical, policy and institutional issues in the development of networks, systems and strengthen regional cooperation mechanisms in the area of communications for disaster management, with emphasis on emergency situations in developing countries and particularly in the least developed countries within the Arab Region.

     As part of ITU’s effort to promote multi-stakeholder partnerships, this regional event is being held in partnership with the League of Arab States (LAS) and different UN organizations, including WHO and UNEP, and other regional organizations such as the Center for Environment and Development for the Arab Region and Europe (CEDARE).

    Countries from the Arab Region, which have acceded to the Tampere Convention namely Morocco, Oman, Kuwait, Lebanon, and those that have signed this treaty i.e. Sudan and Mauritania, are kindly invited to submit papers reflecting their views and experiences with this Convention.

     
    Workshop on the Role of Telecommunications/ICT in Disaster Mitigation, 28 March 2007. Badung, Indonesia.  

    This workshop contributes to the work of the ITU-D Study Group Question 22/2 (Utilization of ICT for disaster management, resources, and active and passive space-based sensing systems as they apply to disaster and emergency relief situation), and to the implementation of Resolution 34 (The role of telecommunications/ICT in early warning and mitigation of disasters and humanitarian assistance), adopted by the World Telecommunications Development Conference that was held in Doha (March, 2006).

     

    The adoption of Resolution 34 and Question 22/2 followed a series of natural disasters such as the December 2004 Sumatra-Andaman earthquake that triggered a series of devastating tsunamis, and the India-Pakistan border earthquake of October 2005 that caused untold suffering for the populations affected and also disrupted economic and social activities. In recent months a number of natural disasters have been experienced by a number of other countries including Indonesia that has been affected by earthquakes, floods, and volcanic eruptions. It is hoped that this event will contribute to the knowledge base of disaster mitigation by bringing together experts to map practical strategies.

      Sponsorship provided by:

     
    Joint ITU--ESCAP Regional Workshop on Disaster Communications, 12th - 15th December 2006, UN Conference Centre, Bangkok, Thailand  

    ITU and the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) are jointly organizing a Regional Workshop on Disaster Communications aimed at providing guidance on technical, policy and institutional issues in the development of networks, systems, and possible regional cooperation mechanisms for communications supporting  disaster management with the emphasis on emergency situations for the countries in Asia and the Pacific, especially the Least Developed Countries, Developing Countries as well as Small Island Developing States.

    Co-organized by:

    Co-financed by:

     
    Using ICT for Effective Disaster Management Caribbean Forum 2006, 26-28 July 2006, Ocho Rios, Jamaica.  

    The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and The Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO) co-organized the Using ICT for Effective Disaster Management Caribbean Forum 2006, which was supported by the Caribbean Association of National Telecommunication Organizations (CANTO) and hosted by the Jamaican Office of Utilities Regulation. The event took place between 26th & 28th September in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. The objective of this 'call for action' event was to provide the organisers with an opportunity to work with countries in the region to put in place the necessary platform for disaster prevention, preparedness and relief. This event went beyond the abstract and looked at practical ways through which disasters can be mitigated by using Information and Communication Technologies.

     
    Amateur Radio Administration Course (24-27 July 2006)  

    The ITU is co-organizing a training course on Amateur Radio Administration together with the Centre of Excellence for the French Speaking African Countries (ESMT) and in collaboration with International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) in Dakar, Senegal from 24 to 27 Julio 2006. The primary objective of the course is to train regulators (or prospective regulators) on administration of the amateur service and amateur-satellite service in developing countries for managing disaster relief communications and to organize an amateur radio society.

    ITU Workshop on Emergency Telecommunications for Disaster Management in Bangladesh (March 29, 2006)  
    ITU Workshop on Emergency Telecommunications for Disaster Management in Sri Lanka : March 23, 2006  
     
    Telecoms for Disaster Relief: Tampere Convention - PrepCom-2 of the Second Phase of the World Summit on the Information Society                 (22 February 2005, Geneva, Switzerland)  
     
    Phuket Ministerial Conference (27-29 Jan 2005, Phuket, Thailand)  
    World Conference on Disaster Reduction (18-22 January 2005, Kobe, Japan)  

    The World Conference on Disaster Reduction (WCDR) is a milestone event to increase the profile of disaster risk reduction in development planning and practice. The Conference provides a unique opportunity to promote a strategic and systematic approach at the national level to address vulnerabilities and to reduce risk to natural hazards. For more information and for the outcomes of the Kobe, Hyogo, Japan meeting, click here.         

     

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