Smart Sustainable Development Model

Report 2015

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This report presents the background work on policy and regulatory related matters which foster equitable access to information and communication networks and facilitate the contribution of information and communication technologies (ICT) in disaster management and sustainable development processes. After acknowledging the role of emergency communications, and in particular satellite technology, an overview of the process for establishing ICT use in disaster mitigation, granting of relief and restoration of infrastructure will be presented from a legal and regulatory point of view. The report also features case studies and best practices. It includes recommendations for developing and implementing a favourable policy and regulatory environment, including the deployment of satellite services. Finally, it elaborates proposals on possible ways of involving stakeholders and appropriate figures to better communicate and promote ICT for Disaster Management (ICT4D).



Executive Summary

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.


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