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Iridium donates new emergency telecommunication equipment to ITU
Geneva, 20 May 2015 – Iridium Communications Inc, a satellite communications company that offers global voice and data communications coverage, has donated new emergency telecommunication equipment to ITU. The donation, which consists of 25 satellite phones and batteries, will strengthen ITU’s telecommunication capacity in response to natural disasters.
Busan, 3 November 2014 – At the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference in Busan the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the GSMA and the Internet Society (ISOC), announced that they are joining forces in the fight against Ebola. The three organizations will bring together the global telecommunications and Internet communities, leveraging their extensive reach, capacity and respective memberships to increase the effectiveness of information and communications technologies (ICT), especially mobile communication and the Internet, for better preparedness, early warning and response.
3rd Challenge in 2014 series focuses on smart cities and climate change
For many decades, radio and television broadcasters have been the primary source of critical information to the public in the event of disasters such as tornadoes, hurricanes, tropical storms, floods, snowstorms, earthquakes, tsunamis, solar storms, terrorist violence, mass transportation accidents, and industrial or technological catastrophes. This important role can be both before an impending event and also after an event.
Approval marks accelerated push for e-health standards
Geneva, 14 March 2014 – Following calls for increased global coordination of standards enabling e-health, ITU has offered first stage approval to an important specification enabling an exchange of multimedia health data between a health provider, a controlling function and patient.
The new standard will enable different e-health systems to smoothly exchange patient health data in both low- and high-resource settings, making it ideal for applications in both developed and developing countries.
ITU Report to highlight role of terrestrial radio and TV in disseminating critical information Geneva, 29 November 2013 – ITU held a Workshop on Emergency Broadcasting to highlight the importance of international cooperation needed to enhance the reach of broadcasting in emergency situations, such as in the Philippines, which was recently devastated by Typhoon Haiyan and the cyclones that have battered the coastal districts of eastern India.
24 September 2013 – A report released today by the United Nations and its partners illustrates how information and communication technologies (ICTs) can help give access to resources to persons with disabilities.
The report, “The ICT Opportunity for a Disability-Inclusive Development Framework,” contributes to a better understanding of the extent to which ICTs can enable the social and economic inclusion of persons with disabilities. It lists challenges that are still to be addressed, while outlining concrete actions to help achieve a disability-inclusive development agenda.
Geneva, 14 May 2012 — Stakeholders from government, civil society and the private sector are meeting in Geneva this week to agree on an effective and meaningful review process (WSIS+10) for measuring progress towards targets set in 2005 in Tunis at the UN World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), and to forge a common vision for new actions beyond 2015.
Financial contribution to aid countries affected by natural disasters
Geneva, 25 April 2012 – Japan has made a financial contribution to ITU amounting to CHF 158,000 to strengthen its emergency communications capability.
The January meeting of the Telecommunication Standardization Advisory Group (TSAG) has established a new Focus Group on Disaster Relief Systems, Network Resilience and Recovery (FG-DR&NRR).
A spate of recent natural disasters has underlined the need for preemptive disaster-response planning. ICT networks must be resilient enough to withstand disasters, but have also proven to be pivotal in providing relief to the people affected by major climatic fluctuations.
ITU and Luxembourg to cooperate in telecommunications for disaster response
Geneva, 8 December 2011 – ITU and the Government of the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg have agreed to cooperate on strengthening emergency telecommunications and rapid response in the event of natural disasters. ITU and Luxembourg are members of the Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC), comprising of UN agencies and other humanitarian partners.
Technology offers practical means of cutting carbon emissions
Geneva, 25 November 2011 – ITU, together with a coalition of industry partners, will be working to convince delegates at the UN COP 17 climate change conference in Durban next week to harness the power of information and communication technology (ICT) to promote mitigation and adaptation to climate change.
Geneva, 3 May 2011 – New recommendations calling for an unprecedented level of accountability to save the lives of more women and children in developing countries were agreed today by the United Nations Commission on Information and Accountability for Women’s and Children’s Health which met in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. These new approaches will help ensure that pledges are honoured and resources spent in the most effective way to save lives.
The ten recommendations include specific approaches to:
Geneva, 29 March 2011- ITU reached agreement with Intelsat S.A. and the International Telecommunications Satellite Organization (ITSO) to strengthen emergency telecommunication resources.
Issued jointly by ITU, Inmarsat and Vizada SAS
Geneva, 8 October 2009 - ITU, Inmarsat and Vizada SAS have reached an agreement to improve emergency communications for disaster preparedness and to coordinate relief activities in the aftermath of a disaster.
Inmarsat and Vizada are donating 70 BGAN terminals, highly-portable devices capable of delivering voice and broadband data, to the ITU.
Geneva, 9 July 2009 - ITU and Qualcomm Incorporated have reached an agreement to improve emergency communications for disaster preparedness and to coordinate relief activities in the aftermath of a disaster.
Qualcomm has agreed to donate to ITU a Qualcomm Deployable Base Station (QDBS) with a total estimated value of nearly USD 500,000.
ITU forges partnership with ICO Global Communications and Commonwealth Business Council
Geneva, 20 June 2007 - ITU reached agreement today with ICO Global Communications and the Commonwealth Business Council to utilize satellite communications for improved global response in the face of natural disasters.
Natural calamities have spread mayhem around the world, severely impacting the lives of people and the environment. The recent spate of tsunamis, earthquakes, hurricanes, volcanic eruptions, floods, landslides and forest fires have left behind a legacy of lost and broken lives, …
ITU and Thuraya forge partnership for portable satellite terminals