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LUXEMBOURG – Five days of international cooperation and innovation begin in Luxembourg on Monday with the Humanitarian Information and Communications Technology Week. The week will bring together representatives from the UN, the Luxembourg government, private sector, non-governmental organisations and other groups to discuss how technology can improve international disaster response. Key themes will include preparing for the next emergency, understanding the latest trends and developments in technology in the developing world and building the partnerships needed to deliver in a crisis.
Mariko Hall from the IT Emergency Coordination branch of the World Food Programme – leading organisation of the Emergency Telecommunications Cluster – outlines what the relief community is learning in terms of technology in humanitarian response.