The High-level Meeting on Improving Awareness on ICT Applications for Disaster Management was held from 25-27 February 2009 at the Hotel “Dostuk” in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. The event was co-organized and hosted by the Ministry of Emergency Situations (MES KR) of Kyrgyz Republic and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).
This meeting is part of the SPECA 2009 work programme and was decided on at the First Meeting of the SPECA Project Working Group on Knowledge-based development, which was held on 12 November 2008 in Baku, Azerbaijan.
The meeting provided a forum to deliberate on ESCAP's and member states work towards the integration of ICT into disaster management and regional cooperation mechanisms, including Sentinel Asia and UN-SPIDER. In addition to that, the meeting also discussed what the Central Asia and the Caucasus countries may do to take advantage of such available systems and services on disaster management and develop a network among them for a sound cooperation and partnership mechanism to share their resources for disaster risk management.
At the meeting, a number of relevant initiatives were presented for the consideration of the member states, including Sentinel Asia and the Wideband InterNetworking engineering test and Demonstration Satellite (WINDS), which was launched in 2007. Therefore, participants had the opportunity to express their needs and desires and participation in such initiatives.