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  • Opening Ceremony

    09:00 - 09:30
  • Group picture and coffee break

    09:30 - 10:00
  • Session 1: Leaders' dialogue: disaster management and risk reduction - ICT opportunities and challenges

    10:00 - 12:00
  • Side-event: The Role of the Satellite Communication in Disaster Response

    12:00 - 12:30
  • Lunch break

    12:30 - 14:00
  • Session 2: High level debate: Information and Communication Technologies for saving lives – lessons from the Caribbean, a case study

    14:00 - 15:30
  • Coffee break

    15:30 - 16:00
  • Session 3: Breakout sessions

    16:00 - 17:00
  • Breakout Group 1: Disaster Connectivity Maps

    16:00 - 17:00
  • Breakout Group 2: Framework for Connectivity Cooperation

    16:00 - 17:00
  • Welcome Reception

    18:00 - 20:00
Opening Ceremony
Welcoming speeches
Photo of Hon. Mr Yogida Sawmynaden Hon. Mr Yogida Sawmynaden
Minister
Ministry of Technology, Communication and Innovation
Mauritius
Biography
Photo of Hon. Mr Marie Joseph Noël Etienne Ghislain Sinatambou Hon. Mr Marie Joseph Noël Etienne Ghislain Sinatambou
Minister
Ministry of Social Security, National Solidarity, and Environment and Sustainable Development
Mauritius
Photo of Mr Mahmad Aleem Bocus Mr Mahmad Aleem Bocus
Chairman
Information and Communication Technologies Authority (ICTA)
Mauritius
Biography
Photo of Mrs Doreen Bogdan-Martin Mrs Doreen Bogdan-Martin
Director, Telecommunication Development Bureau
International Telecommunication Union (ITU)
Biography
Group picture and coffee break
The coffee break is kindly sponsored by ICTA.
Session 1: Leaders' dialogue: disaster management and risk reduction - ICT opportunities and challenges
There is global recognition for the need to put disaster management and risk reduction at the core of sustainable development strategies. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development acknowledges the role of ICTs as a cross-cutting tool for development, and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction recognizes telecommunications as critical infrastructure, along with the critical role of ICT services, including big data and social media. Today, the large majority of the world’s population is covered by a mobile cellular signal and half the world’s population is using the Internet. This allows more people to be reached, in a timely manner. Greater connectivity and ICT access and use opens up new ways of delivering services and saving lives. This Leaders’ Dialogue will highlight key challenges and opportunities of using ICTs for disaster risk reduction and management, from the perspective of the international development and humanitarian communities and the ICT industry. It will highlight country experiences and present good practices with regard to cooperation, coordination and partnerships.
Chair
Photo of Mr Jerome Louis Mr Jerome Louis
Officer-in-Charge
Information and Communication Technologies Authority (ICTA)
Mauritius
Biography
Moderator
Photo of Mrs Doreen Bogdan-Martin Mrs Doreen Bogdan-Martin
Director, Telecommunication Development Bureau
International Telecommunication Union (ITU)
Biography
Panelists
Photo of Dr Rooba Yanembal Moorghen Dr Rooba Yanembal Moorghen
Permanent Secretary
Ministry of Technology, Communication and Innovation
Mauritius
Biography
Photo of H.E. Mr Monise Laafai H.E. Mr Monise Laafai
Minister
Ministry of Communications and Transport
Tuvalu
Biography
Photo of Dr Ram Sewak Sharma Dr Ram Sewak Sharma
Chairman
Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI)
Biography
Photo of Ms Kirsi Madi Ms Kirsi Madi
Director
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR)
Biography
Photo of Ms Enrica Porcari Ms Enrica Porcari
Chief, Information Office and Director, Technology Division, World Food Programme (WFP)
Chair, Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC)
Biography
Photo of Ms Nanjira Sambuli Ms Nanjira Sambuli
Senior Policy Manager, World Wide Web Foundation
Member of the United Nations Secretary General's High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation
Biography
Side-event: The Role of the Satellite Communication in Disaster Response
(Interpretation will not be available for this session.)
Presenter
Photo of Mr Ethan Lucarelli Mr Ethan Lucarelli
Director, Regulatory and Public Policy
Inmarsat
Presentation : Satellite Services: Communications for Disasters and Emergency Response | Biography
Lunch break
This lunch is kindly sponsored by ICTA. (The lunch will take place at the Senso restaurant of the Intercontinental Hotel.)
Session 2: High level debate: Information and Communication Technologies for saving lives – lessons from the Caribbean, a case study
Disasters have devastating effects on people’s lives, livelihoods, and they often hit the most vulnerable people and countries, in particular the Least Developed Countries and Small Island Developing States. In the Caribbean, the devastations of Category 5 hurricanes Maria and Irma that hit the region in 2017, lead to widespread destruction, loss of life, and affected economic growth. At the same time, ICTs were used extensively to monitor and track the hurricanes, to warn communities at risk, and for recovery efforts. This session will provide a review of the role of ICTs in mitigation, preparedness and response. A panel of key Caribbean stakeholders and experts will discuss lessons learned from the 2017 hurricanes, identify the progress that has been made in using ICTs for disaster risk reduction and management, and share the result from recent reviews and assessments.
Moderator
Photo of Ms Kim Mallalieu Ms Kim Mallalieu
Deputy Chairman, Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago
Senior Lecturer, The University of the West Indies
Biography
Panelists
Photo of Ms Bernadette Lewis Ms Bernadette Lewis
Secretary-General
Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU)
Biography
Photo of Mr David Farrell Mr David Farrell
Principal
Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH)
Biography
Photo of Ms Nikima Royer Jno Baptiste Ms Nikima Royer Jno Baptiste
Chief Executive Officer
Digicel (Dominica) Ltd
Biography
Photo of Mr Damian Barker Mr Damian Barker
Deputy Director
Department of Disaster Management, Anguilla
Biography
Coffee break
Kindly sponsored by ICTA.
Session 3: Breakout sessions
A limited number of breakout sessions will engage a group of participants around specific topics, to address and provide inputs to challenges related to the overall GET-19 topic of ‘Innovating together to save lives’. Breakout sessions will be moderated by a facilitator and guided by a set of questions that will be made available to participants ahead of the event. Each breakout session will include two short introductory presentations, followed by a discussion round. The key outcomes and recommendations of the breakout session will presented by the session facilitators on the last day of the meeting (Friday, 08 March, 11:00-12:00). (Interpretation will not be available for these sessions.)
Breakout Group 1: Disaster Connectivity Maps
Access to information and communication technology (ICT) networks and services are critical, in particular in times of disasters. Real-time information on the type, level and quality of connectivity are important to identify connectivity gaps, and to make decisions on where and when to deploy often limited human, financial and physical resources. A number of ICT industry players – mobile network operators, Internet service providers, Internet and social media companies – have data that could be used to identify and monitor the status of connectivity, in real time. The objective of this session is to discuss possible ways of developing disaster connectivity maps that build on different sources and that can provide live information on the ground, when disasters strike. (Interpretation will not be available for this session.)
Facilitators
Photo of Mr Frank Schott Mr Frank Schott
Managing Director, New Program Development
NetHope
Biography
Photo of Ms Vanessa Gray Ms Vanessa Gray
Head, Least Developed Countries, Small Island Developing States & Emergency Telecommunications Division
International Telecommunication Union (ITU)
Biography
Firestarters
Photo of Mr Alex Pompe Mr Alex Pompe
Research Manager, Data for Good Team
Facebook
Presentation : Facebook Disaster Maps | Biography
Photo of Ms Nikima Royer Jno Baptiste Ms Nikima Royer Jno Baptiste
Chief Executive Officer
Digicel (Dominica) Ltd
Presentation : Partnerships for Saving Lives - Disaster Connectivity Maps | Biography
Breakout Group 2: Framework for Connectivity Cooperation
While connectivity challenges arise during almost every disaster or emergency, each has its unique circumstances and obstacles to overcome. This session strives to outline the commonalities across most connectivity crises – including the stakeholders and their roles, technical challenges, policy challenges, and prioritization trade-offs – in an attempt to establish a common Framework for Connectivity Collaboration. The objective of this session is to come to a common understanding and approach to re-establishing connectivity during a crisis to enable well-meaning responders, including service providers, governments and other stakeholders to move quickly to restore connectivity when people are most in need. (Interpretation will not be available for this session.)
Facilitators
Photo of Mr Chris Weasler Mr Chris Weasler
Head, Global Spectrum Policy and Connectivity Crisis Response Program
Facebook
Biography
Photo of Ms Enrica Porcari Ms Enrica Porcari
Chief Information Officer and Director, Technology Division, World Food Programme (WFP)
Chair, Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC)
Biography
Firestarters
Photo of Mr David Marshack Mr David Marshack
Global Regulatory Support
Loon
Biography
Photo of Mr Lars Ruediger Mr Lars Ruediger
Program Director, Ericsson Response
Ericsson
Biography
Welcome Reception
The welcome reception is kindly sponsored by ICTA. (The reception will be held by the Fountain of the Intercontinental Hotel.)

  • Session 4: Disruptive technologies and innovations for connectivity, disaster risk reduction and response

    09:00 - 10:30
  • Coffee break

    10:30 - 11:00
  • Session 5: Emergency telecommunications for better preparedness

    11:00 - 12:00
  • Side-event: Regulatory Actions for Disaster Response – The Brumadinho’s Case

    12:00 - 12:30
  • Lunch break

    12:30 - 14:00
  • Session 6: ICT strategies, policies and plans for disaster management

    14:00 - 15:00
  • Coffee break

    15:00 - 15:15
  • Session 7: People, processes, technologies – a tabletop exercise

    15:15 - 17:00
Session 4: Disruptive technologies and innovations for connectivity, disaster risk reduction and response
Disruptive technologies and technological advancements and innovation create new possibilities for supporting disaster resiliency and risk reduction actions. This includes developments in the area of 5G, artificial intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things (IoT), and big data. Innovations in such areas as satellite imagery, robotics and drone technology are transforming many fields, including disaster risk reduction and management. To ensure that connectivity is available in remote and rural areas, existing technologies are being improved, and new solutions developed. This session will identify innovative IT and ICT solutions to provide connectivity, as well as emergency services when disasters strike. It will assess the transformative potential of artificial intelligence and other disruptive technologies as a driver of accelerated and structural change, and assess progress and opportunities.
Moderator
Photo of Mr Kartik Kulkarni Mr Kartik Kulkarni
Chair, Global Humanitarian Technology Activities
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Biography
Presenters
Photo of Ms Vanessa Gray Ms Vanessa Gray
Head, Least Developed Countries, Small Island Developing States & Emergency Telecommunications Division
International Telecommunication Union (ITU)
Presentation : Digital technologies and disaster management | Biography
Photo of Mr Kevin Allen Mr Kevin Allen
Manager, IBM Developer Content Acquisition Content Lead, Call for Code
IBM Digital Business Group
Presentation : Call for Code - Code and Response | Biography
Photo of Ms Kim Mallalieu Ms Kim Mallalieu
Deputy Chairman, Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago
Senior Lecturer, The University of the West Indies
Presentation : Massification of Disaster Detection and Monitoring | Biography
Photo of Ms Julie Kearney Ms Julie Kearney
Head of Regulatory Affairs
Loon
Presentation : Connect People Everywhere | Biography
Photo of Ms Jennifer Miller Ms Jennifer Miller
General Counsel
Loon
Presentation : Connect People Everywhere | Biography
Coffee break
Kindly sponsored by ICTA.
Session 5: Emergency telecommunications for better preparedness
Greater preparedness helps address potential impacts caused by natural hazards more proactively. Information and communication technologies offer important tools to identify and monitor risks, and deliver alerting messages to vulnerable communities. Many countries are reducing the risk and impact of disasters by adopting innovative policies, by optimizing the use of multi-hazard early warning systems, and through efficient and effective last mile communication. The aim of this session is to discuss the benefits of investing in preparedness, to highlight innovations and improvements in the area of preparedness, and to present policies and initiatives that help to monitor and identify risks and deliver alerting messages to vulnerable and threatened communities. It will highlight the role of policy makers to position themselves as industry facilitators for saving lives and showcase good practices of cooperation and partnerships.
Moderator
Photo of Ms Salma Farouque Ms Salma Farouque
Preparedness and Resilience Officer Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC)
World Food Programme (WFP)
Biography
Presenters
Photo of Mr Timothy Kelly Mr Timothy Kelly
Lead Digital Development Specialist
World Bank Group
Presentation : Disaster Risk Reduction and Management: Digital Technologies to the rescue? | Biography
Photo of Mr Bevil Wooding Mr Bevil Wooding
Caribbean Outreach Liaison
American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN)
Presentation : Enhancing Caribbean Telecommunications Emergency Preparedness and Resilience | Biography
Photo of Mr Ken Okong’o Mr Ken Okong’o
Policy and Advocacy Manager, Mobile for Humanitarian Innovation
GSMA
Presentation : Emergency Telecommunications for Better Preparedness | Biography
Photo of Mr Sathya Narayanaswamy Mr Sathya Narayanaswamy
Country Manager India
Viasat
Presentation : Satellite broadband for disaster management, and sustainable development | Biography
Side-event: Regulatory Actions for Disaster Response – The Brumadinho’s Case
(Interpretation will not be available for this session.)
Presenter
Photo of Ms Patricia Coutinho Ms Patricia Coutinho
Engineer
Brazilian National Telecommunications Agency (ANATEL)
Brazil
Presentation : Regulatory Actions for Disaster Response – The Brumadinho`s Case | Biography
Lunch break
This lunch is kindly sponsored by ICTA. (The lunch will take place at the Senso restaurant of the Intercontinental Hotel.)
Session 6: ICT strategies, policies and plans for disaster management
Preparedness is important to enhance the use of telecommunications and information and communication technologies for disaster management and risk reduction. Successful disaster risk reduction results from the combination of top-down, institutional changes and strategies, with bottom-up, local and community-based approaches, including in the areas of telecommunications and ICTs. This includes specific regulation and policies and the development of national emergency telecommunication plans (NETPs) and standard operating procedures. To guide countries, ITU is developing global guidelines for the development of NETPs. This session will present these guidelines, and identify opportunities and challenges in adoption and implementation at the national level. It will highlight the importance of regional and national coordination, the challenges of importing ICT equipment and the importance of the Tampere Convention. The session will also discuss policies and regulation that are necessary to operationalize an NETP.
Moderator
Photo of Mr Joseph Burton Mr Joseph Burton
Counselor for Technology and Security Policy
International Communications and Information Policy
United States
Biography
Presenter
Photo of Mr Cosmas Zavazava Mr Cosmas Zavazava
Chief of Projects and Knowledge Management Department
Telecommunication Development Bureau, International Telecommunication Union (ITU)
Presentation : Global Guidelines to develop National Emergency Telecommunication Plans | Biography
Discussants
Photo of H.E. Mr Lealailepule Rimoni Aiafi H.E. Mr Lealailepule Rimoni Aiafi
Associate Minister
Ministry of Communications and Information Technology
Samoa
Biography
Photo of Ms Abida Shaukat Ms Abida Shaukat
Director of Radio Based Services
Pakistan Telecommunication Authority
Biography
Coffee break
Kindly sponsored by ICTA.
Session 7: People, processes, technologies – a tabletop exercise
Tying in with the theme of GET-19, a simulation tabletop exercise on a fictitious disaster will engage participants in an interactive learning experience on the alignment between “people, process, technology” for effective preparedness and response. The objective of this exercise is to increase awareness about the need of inter-agency coordination in disaster preparedness and response, to highlight the need for clear coordination structures and engagement with telecommunication service providers, media agencies, telecommunications bodies, meteorological and seismology service, and disaster management authorities. It will further demonstrate that preparedness efforts can improve response effectiveness, showcase the process of dissemination of warning advisory to the public using ICT-based early warning systems, as well as the value of GIS visualization and ICT enabled tools for decision-making. (Session co-organized with the Emergency Telecommunication Cluster (ETC).)
Facililtator
Photo of Mr Mike Zandvliet Mr Mike Zandvliet
Consultant on emergency response and disaster recovery for IT solutions
Mission Control Ltd.
New Zealand
Presentation : Simulation Exercise – Welcome to Getonia! | Biography

  • Session 8: Improving disaster resilience

    09:00 - 10:00
  • Coffee break

    10:00 - 10:30
  • Session 9: Transforming the humanitarian response through ICTs

    10:30 - 12:00
  • Side-event: Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Role in Disaster Planning

    12:00 - 12:30
  • Special lunch to celebrate International Women’s Day 2019

    12:30 - 13:30
  • Session 10: Results from breakout sessions on day 1 and key lessons of the tabletop exercise on day 2

    13:30 - 14:15
  • Presentation of Chair's summary and conclusions

    14:15 - 14:30
  • Closing ceremony

    14:30 - 15:00
Session 8: Improving disaster resilience
ICTs are key for building resilient communities by providing timely information on hazards through early warning and alerts and the delivery of critical information for better decision making when disasters strike. At the same time, it is critical to ensure that the resilience of all communication networks is strengthened and remain operational to be used to provide the necessary platforms to keep communication channels open, and to allow citizens to play an active role in disaster management activities. Increasing communication resilience to disasters to help affected governments safeguard systems and prepare for responses when disasters strike also means that extra capacity or capabilities, as well as less vulnerable services such as satellite, are prepared in advance and activated as needed. The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction highlights the importance of investing in disaster risk reduction for resilience and enhancing disaster preparedness for effective response, and to "build back better" in recovery, rehabilitation and reconstruction. It is important to invest in resilient ICT infrastructure to ensure that national telecommunication infrastructure is robust enough to provide communications throughout the disaster management cycle. This session will raise awareness on the opportunities of ICT to build more resilient communities. It will also highlight the need to invest in resilient ICT infrastructure for sustainable development and disaster relief and resilience.
Moderator
Photo of Ms Elysa Jones Ms Elysa Jones
Chair
OASIS Emergency Management Technical Committee
Biography
Presenters
Photo of Mr Cedrick Mbeyet Mr Cedrick Mbeyet
Infrastructure Unit Manager
African Network Information Centre (AFRINIC)
Presentation : Resilience and security of Critical Internet Infrastructures in Africa | Biography
Photo of Mr Darmen Ellayah Mr Darmen Ellayah
Police Inspector
National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Centre (NDRRMC)
Mauritius
Presentation : Improving Disaster Resilience | Biography
Photo of Mr Franz Russ Mr Franz Russ
Director, Business Operations and Infrastructure Procurement
Intelsat Jackson Holdings S. A.
Presentation : Improving Disaster Resiliency Franz Russ Intelsat Director Business Operations and Infrastructure Procurement | Biography
Coffee break
Kindly sponsored by ICTA.
Session 9: Transforming the humanitarian response through ICTs
Each year millions of people are forced to leave their homes and seek refuge from conflicts, violence, human rights violations, and the impacts of natural hazards and climate change. The number of forcibly displaced people continued to rise throughout 2017 and at the end of 2017, 69 million people were in need of protection and assistance. Up to 85 per cent of the forcibly displaced find refuge in low- and middle-income countries. At the same time new levels of ICT connectivity and use offer new opportunities for addressing the growing challenges deriving from humanitarian crisis. ICTs offer new tools for communicating within and between humanitarian organizations, and to reach their communities at need. They also provide critical information on and for those in need, and offer new services, for example through digital payment and digital identification tools. This session will discuss the main ways that humanitarian operations can become more efficient, effective and responsive by using ICTs. It will also discuss ways of mainstreaming data collection and analysis in emergency response, highlight challenges in terms of connectivity, services and ICT equipment, and address ethical challenges related to the use of data.
Moderator
Photo of Mr Timothy Kelly Mr Timothy Kelly
Lead Digital Development Specialist
World Bank Group
Biography
Presenters
Photo of Mr Frank Schott Mr Frank Schott
Managing Director, New Program Development
NetHope
Presentation : NetHope empowers committed organizations to change the world through the power of technology | Biography
Photo of Ms Clara Van Praag Ms Clara Van Praag
Humanitarian Education Accelerator (HEA) Programme Coordinator
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
Presentation : Connectivity for Refugees | Biography
Photo of Ms Caryn Saslow Ms Caryn Saslow
Research Associate of the Operational Satellite Applications Programme (UNOSAT)
United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)
Presentation : UNOSAT – Transforming the Humanitarian Response through Satellite Imagery & Geospatial Technology | Biography
Photo of Mr Charles Yorke Mr Charles Yorke
Regional Coordinator
Ghana Refugee Board
Ghana
Presentation : Transforming Humanitarian Response through ICT | Biography
Side-event: Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Role in Disaster Planning
(Interpretation will not be available for this session.)
Presenter
Photo of Ms Kelly O Ms Kelly O'Keefe
Chief, Multilateral & Regional Affairs Branch International Bureau, Global Strategies and Negotiation Division
Federal Communications Commission
United States
Presentation : FCC Role in Disaster Planning | Biography
Special lunch to celebrate International Women’s Day 2019
A special lunch sponsored by ICTA to celebrate International Women’s Day 2019. (The lunch will take place at the Senso restaurant of the Intercontinental Hotel.)
Opening remarks by
Photo of Mrs Doreen Bogdan-Martin Mrs Doreen Bogdan-Martin
Director, Telecommunication Development Bureau
International Telecommunication Union (ITU)
Biography
Photo of Ms Nanjira Sambuli Ms Nanjira Sambuli
Senior Policy Manager, World Wide Web Foundation
Member of the United Nations Secretary General's High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation
Biography
Session 10: Results from breakout sessions on day 1 and key lessons of the tabletop exercise on day 2
Facilitators of the breakout sessions (Session 3) and the tabletop exercise (Session 7) will present key discussion points, findings and recommendations.
Facilitators
Photo of Mr Frank Schott Mr Frank Schott
Managing Director, New Program Development
NetHope
Biography
Photo of Mr Chris Weasler Mr Chris Weasler
Head, Global Spectrum Policy and Connectivity Crisis Response Program
Facebook
Presentation : Framework for Connectivity Collaboration | Biography
Photo of Mr Mike Zandvliet Mr Mike Zandvliet
Consultant on emergency response and disaster recovery for IT solutions
Mission Control Ltd.
New Zealand
Presentation : Simulation Exercise Debrief | Biography
Presentation of Chair's summary and conclusions
The Chair of GET-2019 will present the conclusions and recommendations of the meeting.
Photo of Mr Jerome Louis Mr Jerome Louis
Officer-in-Charge
Information and Communication Technologies Authority (ICTA)
Mauritius
Biography
Closing ceremony
Photo of Mr Mahmad Aleem Bocus Mr Mahmad Aleem Bocus
Chairman
Information and Communication Technologies Authority (ICTA)
Mauritius
Biography
Photo of Mrs Doreen Bogdan-Martin Mrs Doreen Bogdan-Martin
Director, Telecommunication Development Bureau
International Telecommunication Union (ITU)
Biography