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Second Multi-stakeholder Forum on the Role of Telecommunications/ICT in Disaster Management for the Americas Region, 29-31 August 2017

BACKGROUND

The Second Multi-stakeholder Forum on the Role of Telecommunications/ICT in Disaster Management, was jointly organized by the ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT) and the Ministry of Information Technologies and Communications (MINTIC) of Colombia.  The event took place from 29 to 31 August 2017, in Bogotá, Colombia. 

The Second Multi-stakeholder Forum on the Role of Telecommunications/ICT in Disaster Management was built on the first Multi-stakeholder Forum that took place in Bogotá, Colombia from 24 to 26 July 2012, which aimed at paving the way for enhancing the use of ICTs for disaster management in the region. The 2017 Forum had different sessions addressing key questions related to the best use of ICTs for disaster risk reduction and management. It has also served as a platform to exchange new experiences and best practices in the use of modern technologies for monitoring and early warning. It provided an opportunity for policy makers and other participants to debate and adopt concrete strategies on how information and communication technologies support disaster risk reduction and management activities, contributing this way to the implementation of the Sendai Framework and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Related information on the Forum is also available in the website of the Ministry of Information Technologies and Communications (MINTIC) of Colombia.

PARTICIPANTS

The Forum was attended by heads of the telecommunication regulatory authorities, executive directors of private sector entities, United Nations agencies, non-governmental organizations and other high-level participants from humanitarian organizations, regional disaster management organizations, academic institutions and media. 

PRESENTATIONS

The presentations (in pdf format) are available in the programme in English and Spanish.