Connect Americas 2012

Making a Difference in the Americas Region Through ICTs: Projects and Initiatives

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The Connect Americas Summit builds on the success of three such preceding events: Connect Africa 2007, Connect CIS 2009, and Connect Arab 2012. The Summit which is organized by the International Telecommunication Union and is hosted by the Government of the Republic of Panama was preceded by two preparatory meetings that were held in Trinidad and Tobago, in March 2012, and in Mexico City, Mexico, in April 2012. This report focuses on the five Regional Initiatives for the Americas region which are Emergency Telecommunications, Digital Broadcasting, Broadband, Reduction of Internet Access Costs and Human Capacity Building on ICTs.



Saving Lives and Preserving Our Planet: Emergency Telecommunications and Climate Change

Today, no region and no country could be said to be immune to the challenges brought about by natural disasters and climate change. Information and communication technologies play a pivotal role in disaster risk reduction, disaster monitoring, prediction and detection. In the immediate period before disasters strike, ICTs are used to disseminate early warning alerts that save millions of lives. In the immediate aftermath of disasters, ICTs are used as a medium through which humanitarian actors coordinate search and rescue operations, and the distribution of food, and medication to the victims. On the other hand, through passive and active remote sensing supported by satellite technology, society is able to monitor changes in climate and the environment which are crucial particularly for the livelihood of coastal countries and Small Island developing states that are constantly threatened by sea rise.


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