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  • It is with great pleasure that I present this report by the Advisory Board of the Smart Sustainable Development Model (SSDM) initiative. The main objective of the SSDM initiative is to bring a human face to information and communication technology (ICT) through recognizing its important role in the realization of sustainable development and saving lives in times of disasters.

  • Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) are serving as the most important driving force behind countries' economic and social integration into the wider global community. In light of the huge changes that are taking place and mindful of the need to shape them in ways that best reflect the aspirations of the individual country societies each with their unique heritage, the Director of the Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT) of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) established the Smart Sustainable Development Model Initiative (SSDM). The initiative is an international, multi-stakeholder platform that seeks to link ICT for Development (ICT4D) with ICT for Disaster Management (ICT4DM) leading to sustainable development and optimal use of resources while minimizing additional financial investments and in particular, by making the use of excess satellite capacity. This initiative was launched during the ITU TELECOM World held in Dubai in 2012.

  • The world is threatened by disasters of unprecedented frequency and magnitude that continue to cause massive disruption to developed and developing economies alike. The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has launched the Smart Sustainable Development Model (SSDM) initiative in order to create a framework for optimizing the use of information and communication technology (ICT) resources for both development (ICT4D) and disaster management (ICT4DM) purposes with the intention that a dual ICT4D and ICT4DM approach may be efficient, cost-effective and timely in utilization of scarce resources. The initiative will also provide a platform for sharing information, expertise, knowledge and best practices.