10-12 December 2007, International Conference Center (CICG), Geneva
Global Forum on Effective Use of Telecommunications / ICT for Disaster Management: Saving Lives
Global Forum on Effective Use of Telecommunications/ICTs for Disaster
Management: Saving Lives, a number of bilateral
partnership agreements and memoranda of understanding were signed between ITU
and the following partners:
is a major provider of global satellite voice and data solutions with complete
coverage of the earth with a constellation of 66 low-earth orbiting satellites
and delivers essential communications services to and from remote areas where no
other form of communication is available. Iridium contributed 66 IRIDIUM 9505A
hand-held satellite phones and 20 IRIDIUM solar batteries (collectively, the
Iridium Hand-Sets), with a total value of US$101’400, and reduction of airtime
usage of the phones by 20 per cent of the normal market rate on the basis that
the Iridium Hand-Sets are being used for humanitarian work. This contribution
brings resources to both the Technology Cluster of the ITU Framework for
Cooperation in Emergencies (IFCE) and the Finance Cluster (through the
contribution in airtime). ITU’s capability to respond to emergencies through the
deployment of telecommunications resources within the first 24 to 48 hours has
been tremendously reinforced.
The International Telecommunication Union (ITU), and the ICO Global
Communications (Holdings) Limited signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on
10th December 2007, in Geneva. ICO Global Communications Limited is a next
generation satellite operator combining both satellite and terrestrial
communications capabilities, in order to offer wireless voice, data, video and
Internet services on mobile and portable devices.
Within the ITU Framework for Cooperation in Emergencies (IFCE), the MoU is aimed
at establishing non-exclusive collaborative linkages between the Parties in the
area of emergency telecommunication systems and disaster relief and mitigation.
ICO and ITU will implement joint projects/activities, subject to technical
limitations, and the provision of airtime on ICO’s F2 satellite to the ITU by
ICO or to state and non-state actors through ITU before, during and after
ICO contributed US$25’000 directly into the Finance Cluster of the IFCE, and
free airtime for disaster preparedness and response.
International Telecommunication Union (ITU), and TerreStar Global, an emerging
mobile network operator that is building and will own Europe’s first 4G
integrated mobile satellite and terrestrial communication network signed a
Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in Disaster Preparedness and Response
through Emergency Telecommunications and Geographic Information Systems. The
Parties entered into this MoU on 10 December 2007, in Geneva.
Taking into account that satellite communication is less vulnerable to disasters
and more reliable for humanitarian work and that in the event of disasters,
TerreStar is ready to commit the full resources of its network to help maintain
vital communications; this agreement paves way for future opportunities for
both Parties. This MoU provides a foundation on which the implementation of
joint projects, coordination of disaster relief activities, and coordination of
joint events to promote disaster preparedness by countries can be undertaken.
TerreStar contributed an initial sum of US$20’000 in support of the Finance
Cluster of the ITU Framework for Cooperation in Emergencies (IFCE).
The International Telecommunication Union (ITU), and VIZADA, a recognized
operating agency have signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation
Agreement for the promotion of emergency telecommunications in Geneva on 10
The conclusion of this MoU builds on a strong partnership that already exists
between ITU and VIZADA that has facilitated the deployment of satellite based
solutions across the globe in the immediate aftermath of disasters striking. On
this occasion, VIZADA made an in-kind contribution of 7 complete BGAN terminals
and 10 iridium9505A handsets. The contribution boosted the Technology Cluster
of the ITU Framework for Cooperation in Emergencies (IFCE)
International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the United Nations Operational
Satellite Applications Programme (UNOSAT) concluded a Memorandum of
Understanding (MoU in Geneva on 10 December 2007). UNOSAT has already been
involved in a number of joint activities with ITU particularly in providing
satellite imagery for humanitarian work.
Within the scope of the ITU’s Technological Cluster of the Framework for
Cooperation in Emergencies (IFCE), this MoU has the objective of establishing
collaborative linkages in the areas of Emergency Telecommunications Systems and
Geographic Information Systems (GIS). The Parties will implement joint
projects/activities based on project documents to be entered into from time to
The International Telecommunication Union (ITU), and the Group on Earth
Observation (GEO signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the objective
of coordinating Earth Observations and establishing a global, comprehensive and
sustained System of Earth Observing Systems (GEOSS). The MoU was signed in
Geneva on 10 December 2007 within the scope of the ITU Framework for Cooperation
in Emergencies (IFCE). Under this MoU, Parties will implement joint
projects/activities based on project documents entered into from time to time.
GEO will also support ITU-D in enhancing the use of ICT for disaster management
in developing countries, with particular attention given to the provision of
affordable ICT services to include geospatial information systems and Earth
observations data, and participation in ITU events on emergency
telecommunications. GEO will also coordinate GEO Members and Participating
Organizations in response to requests from ITU for the provision of Earth
Observations products and services pertaining to disaster situations. ITU will
share information with GEO on emergency telecommunications/ICT and Earth
observations in response to needs of both state and non-state actors involved in
humanitarian work before, during and in the aftermath of disasters. ITU will
also participate in GEO organized activities on Earth Observation and other
related activities to highlight the role of telecommunications/ICT in all GEO
Societal Benefit Areas, with a special emphasis on disaster management.
ITU - Telemedicine &
e-Health Training Centre, Holy Family
10th December 2007, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), and the
Telemedicine & e-Health Training Center, Holy Family Hospital of Rawalpindi in
Pakistan signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for Cooperation in Disaster
Preparedness and Response through Telemedicine and e-Health.
The Parties have already successfully collaborated in the area of telemedicine
and emergency telecommunications following the massive earthquake that struck
the Pakistan-India border area in October 2005 during which a total of 25
medical doctors were trained in the use of 55 satellite terminals in delivering
telemedicine services and applications. The Parties intend to implement joint
projects/activities, share information on e-Health, and cooperate on enhancing
access to information related to emergency telecommunications and telemedicine
for disaster preparedness and disaster relief.
The International Telecommunication Union (ITU), and the JSC National
Telemedicine Agency, part of the TANA group of Companies, signed a Memorandum of
Understanding to cooperate in Disaster Preparedness and Response through
Telemedicine and e-Health.
The Parties will implement joint projects in telemedicine/e-Health aimed at
saving lives when disasters strike.
International Telecommunication Union (ITU), and International Aid and Trade
which brings together the key stakeholders in the humanitarian relief, aid and
development sectors to enhance coordination and partnership between aid agencies
and other stakeholders, signed a Memorandum of Understanding in Geneva on 10th
December 2007. The Parties will undertake studies on disaster management and the
role of emergency telecommunications. Based on projects that are defined from
time to time, the two organizations will co-finance and implement joint
The International Telecommunication
Union (ITU), and the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU), which is an
international non-governmental organization whose objective it is to protect,
promote and advance Amateur and Amateur-Satellite Services, signed a Memorandum
of Understanding in Geneva on 10 December 2007. The Parties have already
cooperated on running training courses for both radio amateurs and
telecommunications regulators. This agreement paves way for more training
courses across the globe. Through this MoU, the Parties will implement joint
projects and activities, share information on emergency telecommunications.
IARU’s contribution goes straight into the Technological Cluster of the ITU
Framework for Cooperation in Emergencies (IFCE).
The International Telecommunication Union (ITU), and the Webforce International
Federation, a non-governmental organization whose objective is to reduce the
costs of access to information and communication technologies (ICTs) and use of
these technologies for disaster mitigation signed a Memorandum of Understanding
(MoU) on 10 December 2007 in Geneva.
By concluding this MoU, the Parties seek
to establish collaborative linkages that include organizing joint events and
activities, sharing information, and resource mobilization in the area of
emergency telecommunications and ICT.