Information and communications technology (ICT) is an essential component of effective disaster management systems. It facilitates, among other activities, information gathering, processing and analysis, early warning and emergency communications. In the present document, the secretariat provides an overview of evolving trends and experiences with regard to ICT and the key role it has in supporting informed decision- and policymaking in disaster risk management.
The ESCAP-initiated Green Growth concept was recognized in the Ministerial Declaration on Environment and Development in Asia and the Pacific, 2005, which was adopted by the Fifth Ministerial Conference on Environment and Development in Asia and the Pacific in 2005, as one of the strategies for the region to pursue sustainable development.1 It could be seen as a strategy to promote win-win approaches and policies for reconciling any conflict between two important Millennium Development Goals on poverty reduction (Goal 1) and environmental sustainability (Goal 7).
The present document contains a discussion of the importance of mainstreaming the concept of disaster risk in the development process in order to address the challenges of disaster risks. It also contains an assessment of the prospects and constraints in mainstreaming disaster risk in the development process and a discussion on relevant strategy and policy options. The document puts forward the case for prioritizing social vulnerability to disasters and investing in social sectors as part of recovery and reconstruction efforts for long-term inclusive development.
The strategic framework and outputs proposed for possible inclusion in the programme of work for the biennium 2010-2011 for subprogramme 5, Information and communications technology and disaster risk reduction, is submitted for the Committee’s review and further guidance. It should be noted that indicative budget planning figures for the preparation of the programme budget for 2010-2011 have yet to be issued by United Nations Headquarters.
This is the Keynote by H. E. Yingluck Shinawatra, Prime Minister of Thailand, the Royal Thai Government, delivered by H.E. Mr. Woravat Auapinyakul, Minister Attached to the Prime Minister’s Office, during the World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD), held in Bangkok, Thailand on 17 May 2012.
This is the presentation by Ms. Tiziana Bonapace, Chief, ICT and Development Section, ICT and Disaster Risk Reduction Division, Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), delivered during the World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD), held in Bangkok, Thailand on 17 May 2012.
This is the presentation on "Establishing an enabling cross-border legal environment for regional connectivity: The United Nations Convention on the Use of Electronic Communication in International Contracts, 2005 and Electronic Transaction Law in Thailand" by Ms. Surangkana Wayuparb, Electronic Transactions Development Agency (ETDA), delivered during Regional Expert Consultation on Connecting Asia-Pacific's Digital Society for Building Resilience held in Colombo, Sri Lanka on 5-6 September 2012.
This is the presentation on "Integration of the: ECC, New York Convention and CISG" by Mr. Sieg Eiselen, Professor, University of South Africa, delivered during Regional Expert Consultation on Connecting Asia-Pacific's Digital Society for Building Resilience held in Colombo, Sri Lanka on 5-6 September 2012.
This is the presentation on "Policy considerations on the Electronic Communications Convention" by Mr. Luca Castellani, Legal Officer, The Secretariat of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), delivered during Regional Expert Consultation on Connecting Asia-Pacific's Digital Society for Building Resilience held in Colombo, Sri Lanka on 5-6 September 2012.