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ITU, CITEL, COMTELCA and CTU signed a letter of intention during WTDC-2017

ITU, CITEL, COMTELCA and CTU signed a letter of intention during WTDC-2017 in Argentina, committing to develop a cooperation mechanism for the implementation of projects on the use of ICT for emergency and disaster situations in the Americas region


ITU, CITEL, COMTELCA and CTU signed a letter of intention during WTDC-2017 in Argentina, committing to develop a cooperation mechanism for the implementation of projects on the use of ICT for emergency and disaster situations in the Americas region.

The International Telecommunication Union, the Interamerican Commission for Telecommunications, the "Comisión Técnica Regional de Telecomunicaciones" and the Caribbean Telecomunication Union committed during WTDC-2017 to develop a cooperation mechanism for the implementation of projects on the use of ICT for emergency and disaster situations in the Americas region.

ITU and all other signatories acknowledge that disasters disrupt national economies, and severely weaken the poor and vulnerable communities. Disasters are recognized as major impediments to sustainable development and the reduction of poverty.

Emergency Telecommunication has figured as a top priority for our member States in the Americas Region. During WTDC-2017 in Buenos Aires, member States put  once again "Disaster risk reduction and management communications" among the 5 regional initiatives for the period 2020-2023. This letter of intention is one step ahead in improving continuously our preparation for disasters and emergencies.

The signed letter of intent is available here.