The number of natural disasters are on the rise. Information and communication technology for disaster management – ICT4DM – can help respond to and recover from the hardship and damage caused to millions of people. At the same time, ICT for development – ICT4D – remains a pressing challenge to enable people and communities to truly participate in the global digital world.
The Smart Sustainable Development Model Initiative (SSDM) seeks to ensure that information and communication technologies are used for both development and for disaster management with the aim of improving the lives of millions of people across the globe.
SSDM is both smart and sustainable. Making this approach pro-active, flexible and configured to both uses is “smart”, and giving it a roadmap for the future is “sustainable”.
The first cycle of the SSDM Advisory Board ended in 2015.
The first meeting of the second cycle of the SSDM Advisory Board was held on 13 November 2016 in Bangkok, Thailand, on the eve of the ITU Telecom World 2016.
The Telecommunication Development Bureau is coordinating the Initiative with an Advisory Board of senior experts drawn from the public and private sectors.
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The SSDM approach to ICT4D and ICT4DM will:
- Better harness the potential for ICT and its likely future roadmaps in both development and disaster management.
- Identify, share and transfer best practices in each sector worldwide.
- Optimize the use of scarce resources.
- Encourage planning and co-ordination at national and intergovernmental levels for ICT4D and ICT4DM that takes account of dual-use deployments.
- Encourage stakeholders to work together for sustainable development and to avoid duplication