Regional Workshop on Resilient ICT Connectivity for the Knowledge Economy, SDGs and the WSIS Goals
To strengthen the national capacity of the United Nations Special Programme for the Economies of Central Asia (SPECA) countries in enhancing e-resilience for the development of the knowledge economy and the achievement of the goals of the 2030 UN Sustainable Development Agenda and of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS).
The two-day regional workshop will attend to the emerging issues of resilient ICT connectivity as a basis for the knowledge economy and knowledge-based development among the SPECA countries. The meeting will specifically address how to enhance e-resilience in network design, make more efficient use of ICT for emergency communication, and reduce the impact of disasters on businesses and governments, within the context of achieving internationally agreed goals of the 2030 Agenda and the WSIS.
The results of the technical meeting will serve as a basis for discussion of the Eighth session of the SPECA Thematic Working Group Meeting on Knowledge-based Development.
The outcomes of the meeting will also directly contribute to the implementation of the WSIS action lines; to the achievement of the SDGs, particularly to establishing resilient infrastructure (SDG 9); as well as be in line with SPECA’s PWG on KBD’s Terms of Reference’s stipulating the development of ICTs and ‘knowledge-based disaster risk reduction and management’ as one of its principal thematic orientations, among others. At its 10th Session in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, on 11 November 2015, the SPECA Governing Council, highlighted as one of the main objectives of the Working Group to provide advice and assistance towards the implementation of the 2030 development agenda.
The meeting outcomes will also serve as a basis for the Ministerial meeting on disaster risk reduction planned in Dushanbe in 2016 as well as for the ESCAP Committee on Information and Communications Technology, Science, Technology and Innovation in October 2016.
The SPECA members (and its neighbors) are no strangers to natural disasters. Just last year (2015), millions of dollars’ worth of damage have been inflicted on the regional infrastructure due to floods, earthquakes, and other natural disasters, exposing vulnerabilities to similar events in the future. The meeting is will focus on the importance of resilient ICT connectivity which is 1) resilient in network design, 2) able to respond to emergencies, and 3) able to assist the businesses to resume operations as soon as possible after disasters. These objectives are in line with SDG 9 which aims to build resilient infrastructure, and as well as the WSIS targets in terms of enhancing connectivity and the use of ICT.
ICT, economic and disaster management ministries and authorities in the SPECA countries, representatives of United Nations agencies and programmes, relevant international and regional organizations, international financial institutions, donors as well as representatives of the private sector and the academic community are invited to participate in the meetings.