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).




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.


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