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ITU Workshop on Emergency Telecommunications and Disaster Relief

Welcome to the ITU Workshop on Emergency Telecommunications and Disaster Relief website.​ This workshop will take place at ITU Headquarters (ITU Tower building, Popov Room) in Geneva, Switzerland on Tuesday, 27 September 2016, from 14:30-17:30 in conjunction with the ITU-D Study Group 2 Rapporteur Group meetings, and will proceed the ITU-D Study Group 2 Question 5/2 (Question 5/2 - Utilization of telecommunications/ICTs for disaster preparedness, mitigation and response) meeting.
* If you wish to participate in the workshop and your are an ITU member, please create your account and register through your designated focal point for the ITU-D Study Group 2 meetings here.
* If you are not an ITU member but wish to participate in this workshop, please contact the ITU-D Study Groups Secretariat at:

We express our appreciation to the
Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) of Japan
for its support             


Return to main ITU-D Study Group 2 meeting website.

Opening of the workshop

Session 1: Leveraging ICTs for Disaster Response: What have we learned?

The session will explore the use of technologies and applications for disaster mitigation and response, with a focus on emerging ICT solutions, planning, coordination, capacity building, and policies through a diverse range of stakeholders with a focus on lessons learned and potential recommendations.


Q&A and panel discussion after presentations


This session will first provide an overview of a catastrophic disaster. The scenario will help frame the discussion and help put into context how the various technologies and recommendations from the first session may be implemented. The session will then introduce the multiple, diverse stakeholders that seek to enable lifesaving communications and explore opportunities for improved disaster preparedness and response, increased coordination, and development of resilient infrastructure.


Q&A and panel discussion after presentations

Agenda, presentations, and other documents

The detailed meeting agenda available for download here.