This report contains activities carried out/to be carried out by the UNECE and ESCAP secretariats within the framework of the SPECA Project Working Group on Knowledge-based Development (PWG on KBD), or addressing topics within its thematic areas in 2012 and 2013. These activities are in line with the Programme of Work for 2012-2013 of the PWG, which was adopted at the fourth session of the PWG on KBD in Baku, Azerbaijan on 25 November 2011.
This is a presentation of the Country Report of Lao PDR, by Mr. Somnuck Phothirath, Director General, Institute of Posts and Telecommunications, delivered during Expert Consultation on the Asian Information Superhighway and Regional Connectivity held in Manila, Philippines on 24 to 25 September 2013.
This is the presentation on "Making broadband affordable in Asia" by Mr. Abu Khan, Senior Policy Fellow, LIRNEasia, 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.
The presentation was presented by Mr. Michio Ito in the Workshop on space applications for DRR and Management and 2nd workshop on the use of multi-global navigation satellite systems for sustainable development, 5-7 March 2013.
The presentation "Budgeting for disaster risk in the Philippines" was presented by Mr. Eduardo Marina, Bureau of the Treasury of the Philippines during the Expert Group Meeting on Strategies towards Building Resilience to Disasters in Asia and the Pacific, 26-28 November 2013.
The presentation was presented by Maj. Gen. Gamini Hettiarachi, Sri Lanka, in the Expert Group Meeting on Strategies towards Building Resilience to Disasters in Asia and the Pacific, 26-28 November 2013.
Information and communications technology (ICT), including space-based technology, can be an important tool for assisting in all stages of disaster risk reduction activities; however, many decision makers may not be fully aware of the potential such technologies hold. In the present document, the secretariat describes trends related to the development and application of ICT in support of disaster risk reduction. It highlights areas where ICT does or can play a key role, including:
(a) effective early warning systems, emergency communications and disaster management systems;
The World Summit on the Information Society set forth a vision of the future information society and recognized the contribution that information and communications technology (ICT), including space-based technology, can make to the promotion of food security and sustainable agriculture.