Telecommunications to save lives

Global Forum to press for ICT in humanitarian efforts worldwide


Geneva, 12 November 2007:

What:
SAVING LIVES: Global Forum on the Effective Use of Telecommunications/ICT
for Disaster Management
When:
10-12 December 2007
Where:
Geneva International Conference Centre (CICG), Geneva, Switzerland
Why:
The Global Forum will map concrete strategies and adopt practical measures for effective development and deployment of telecommunications and ICT systems for disaster management — preparedness, early warning, relief and response.
Who:
Ministers of communication and humanitarian affairs, heads of UN agencies, regional disaster management organizations, development banks and foundations, non-governmental organizations, CEOs of private sector companies, and international experts. Keynote address by Mr Muhammad Nuh, Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Indonesia.

While natural hazards cannot be entirely prevented, information and communication

technologies (ICT) can help reduce their impact and revive development efforts at the earliest.
ITU will conclude more than ten strategic partnership agreements and launch a

major initiative that seeks to coordinate the deployment of telecommunications/ICT

resources for disaster relief and ensure timely and universal access in the immediate

aftermath of a disaster strike. Key components of ITU’s emergency

telecommunications initiative:
· ITU Framework for Cooperation in Emergencies (IFCE)
· ITU Network of Volunteers for Emergency Telecommunications (VET)
· Appointment of a High-Level Panel on Emergency Telecommunications
An exhibition will demonstrate solutions and the effective use of ICT in emergencies.
Media Information: Media are invited to attend all sessions of the Global Forum.
For Media accreditation please click here.
For further information, click here or please contact:

Sanjay Acharya
Chief, Media Relations and Public Information

ITU External
Affairs & Corporate Communication
Tel: +41 22 730 5046
E-mail
Cosmas Zavazava
Head of Division
ITU Emergency Telecommunications
Tel: +41 22 730 5447
E-mail

Links: http://www.itu.int/newsroom/press_releases/2007/Advisory-12.html

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