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Global Forum on Effective Use of Telecommunications/ICT for Disaster Management:Saving Lives   10-12 December 2007,
International Conference Center (CICG), Geneva
 
  Global Forum on Effective Use of Telecommunications /
ICT for Disaster Management: Saving Lives
 

 

Partnerships

 
 

During the 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:

 Iridium 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 disasters strike.
ICO contributed US$25’000 directly into the Finance Cluster of the IFCE, and free airtime for disaster preparedness and response.

 The 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 December 2007.


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)

 The 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 time.

  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 Hospital

 On 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.

                                                          The 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 projects.

 

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.
 

 

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