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ITU Competition on training on emergency telecommunications


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ITU and the US Telecoms Training Institute (USTTI​) launched a competition on emergency telecommunications.

The competition was opened to nationals from developing countries. A list of those countries is available here.
Winners will participate in a two-week training on emergency telecommunications.  Organized by USTTI, the training will be taught in English and will take place from 21 October to 1 November 2019 in Washington, DC, USA. Training, travel and accommodation expenses will be covered by ITU and USTTI.

Participants will be trained on the development of their country’s use of ICTs for disaster risk reduction and management and their national emergency telecommunications plans.
Submissions included an application and an essay in response to three questions on emergency telecommunications. The deadline was on 15 March 2019.  The detailed guidelines as well as a link to the application form available here​. ​

Entries were reviewed by ITU and USTTI and winners were announced at the 2019 edition of the World Summit on the Information Society (8-12 April).​


"I am delighted to partner with USTTI towards enhancing capacity building on emergency telecommunications. Extreme weather events linked to climate change are becoming increasingly frequent. It is therefore crucial that we strengthen people’s skills on the use of technologies for disaster risk reduction and management and for the development of national emergency telecommunications plans". 
Doreen Bogdan-Martin, Director, Telecommunication Development Bureau, ITU​

"The USTTI is honored to partner with the ITU to conduct this competition that will enable officials to participate in the USTTI’s Emergency Telecommuni​cations training sequence. The training courses will address disaster communications preparedness and response and will share important information on the best practices that can save lives and limit the impact of natural and manmade disasters. We look forward to hosting the winners of the competition later this year and to continuing the USTTI’s ongoing collaboration with the ITU."
James J. O’Connor, President, United States Telecommunications Training Institute (USTTI)​