The Report is a result of the Committee on Disaster Risk Reduction, Second Session organized by Information and Communications Technology and Disaster Risk Reduction Division (IDD) in Bangkok from 29 June to 1 July 2011.
This information note is prepared by the secretariat based on two publications—Disaster Proofing Millennium Development Goals, and Disaster risk reduction: an instrument for achieving the Millennium Development Goals, brought out by United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) recently.
Asia and the Pacific is at the forefront of the information and communications technology (ICT) revolution, ranking as the largest producer and exporter and as one of the main consumers of ICT. Understanding the benefits and costs of ICT has become more complex, making it more challenging for policymakers to analyse its social, economic and environmental impact. Consequently, governments urgently need accurate, relevant and internationally comparable data.
The Government of Sri Lanka presents its compliments to the secretariat of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, and has the honour to transmit to the secretariat the text of the outcome document of the Regional Expert Consultation on Connecting a Digital Society in Asia and the Pacific in order to Build Resilience, held in Colombo on 5 and 6 September 2012, and further requests that the outcome document be brought to the
The present report explores avenues for optimized cooperation for sharing knowledge and analysis for disaster management in Asia and the Pacific. It provides a preliminary overview
of major existing regional cooperation initiatives and networks in disaster-related fields, including their activities, territorial coverage, types of disasters addressed and services
provided. Based on the overview and findings, the secretariat proposes increased and enhanced regional cooperation towards establishing a network of networks on knowledge