While natural hazards cannot be entirely prevented, information and communication technologies (ICT) can help reduce their impact, revive development efforts and bring back normalcy at the earliest.
The ITU is set to conclude several strategic partnership agreements next week and will launch the Framework for Cooperation in Emergencies (IFCE) to coordinate the development and deployment of telecommunications/ICT resources for disaster preparedness and relief.
The announcements will take place at the Global Forum on Effective Use of Telecommunications/ICT for Disaster Management: Saving Lives, happening in Geneva from 10 to 12 December, and will include best practices on emergency telecommunications and a compendium of ITU's work on emergency telecommunications.
The Global Forum brings together stakeholders in disaster management and seeks to launch a number of practical initiatives aimed at providing universal and timely access to telecommunications/ICT resources to national entities, United Nations agencies, local and international NGOs involved in rescue and relief operations as well as to victims of disasters.
The Global Forum will be attended by ministers of communication and humanitarian affairs, heads of UN agencies, regional disaster management organizations, development banks and foundations, non-governmental organisations, CEOs of private sector companies, and international experts.