Relief coordination underway in aftermath of Tropical Storm Erika
Geneva, 3 September 2015 – ITU has deployed emergency telecommunication equipment in Dominica, which was hit by Tropical Storm Erika on 27 August. Heavy rains, severe flooding and landslides wreaked widespread damage across the island in the Lesser Antilles region of the Caribbean Sea.
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.
Geneva, 27 April 2015 – ITU has deployed emergency telecommunication equipment in Nepal following the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit the country on 25 April 2015.
The emergency equipment includes 35 satellite mobile phones and 10 satellite Broadband Global Area Network terminals along with solar panels and laptops to support relief coordination efforts.
Bid to coordinate relief efforts in aftermath of Tropical Cyclone Pam
Geneva, 26 March 2015 – ITU deployed emergency telecommunication equipment to Vanuatu following the devastation caused by Cyclone Pam, a category 5 tropical storm which hit the archipelago on Friday, 13 March.
ITU dispatched 40 satellite phones, 10 Broadband Global Area Network terminals and 35 solar panels to the Island nation to support relief coordination efforts.
Mobile apps are critical emergency telecommunications component responding to epidemics
Geneva, 19 December 2014 – ITU has launched a free mobile Application to be used in the campaign against the Ebola disease outbreak.
The "Ebola-Info-Sharing" mobile App facilitates coordination among organizations responding to the Ebola crisis and offers the general public access to the latest Ebola news from official sources, including an interactive map on Ebola.
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.
Emergency telecommunications equipment donated to World Health Organization and Philippines government crisis response units
Geneva, 20 November 2013 – ITU is providing satellite terminals for both voice and high-speed data to the World Health Organization (WHO) to support its humanitarian work in the Philippines’ Typhoon Haiyan crisis.
Re-establishing communications vital for search and rescue in storm-affected areas Geneva, 13 November 2013 — ITU has dispatched emergency telecommunications equipment to areas severely affected by Typhoon Haiyan – one of the most powerful typhoons ever recorded – which tore through the Visayas region of central Philippines on Friday with deadly force, making landfall five times, in the provinces of Eastern Samar, Leyte, Cebu, Panay Island and Palawan. The combination of powerful winds and seawater has devastated buildings, communities and families.
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.
Fourniture d'équipements de télécommunications d'urgence à des organismes humanitaires des Nations Unies
Genève, le 14 mars 2013 – L'UIT a fourni à l'Organisation mondiale de la santé (OMS) et au Haut Commissariat des Nations Unies pour les réfugiés (HCR) des terminaux de satellite pour assurer des services de téléphonie et de données à haut débit, à l'appui des efforts humanitaires déployés par ces deux organisations dans le contexte de crise que connaît le Mali.
Emergency telecommunications provided to UN humanitarian agencies
Geneva, 14 March 2013 – ITU has provided satellite terminals for both voice and high-speed data to the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to support their humanitarian work in the Mali crisis.
ITU has supplied 30 Thuraya satellite phones to WHO to facilitate health relief efforts in northern Mali.
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.
Time to replicate the ‘mobile miracle’ in broadband
Geneva, 5 March 2012 – New figures released today at ITU’s Connect Arab Summit in Doha, Qatar show that information and communication technology (ICT) uptake continues to accelerate across the Arab region, but underline the need for more effort to be put into rolling out broadband infrastructure to meet burgeoning demand from a young, tech-savvy population.
Section I. Regional ICT overview
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.