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Cosmas Zavazava

Chief of Department

International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Expertise:  Disaster Risk Reduction and Management using modern information and communication technologies; e-waste management, and climate change.

Dr. Cosmas Zavazava works in the Telecommunication Development Bureau of the ITU. Since 2001, Cosmas Zavazava has been passionately designing and implementing global ICT projects for both sustainable development and disaster management. He has a track record as a high-level multilateral negotiator, resource mobilization, and publishing. He has written on the role of ICT in addressing the unique needs of least developed countries, landlocked developing countries, Small Island Developing States, and matters concerning developing countries in general. He has also written on disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation and disaster response. He recently launched a groundbreaking project on the use of big data to mitigate the impact of the Ebola disease, and epidemics in general. He taught MBA classes with a focus on strategic business management, management information systems and other related topics. He has spoken at many international conferences to include the Fourth United Nations Conference on Least Developed Countries that was held in Istanbul, Turkey in May 2011, the Third United Nations Conference on Small Island Developing States held in Apia, Samoa in August 2014, the Third United Nations Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction held in Sendai, Japan from 14 to 18 March 2015. Dr. Cosmas Zavazava: PhD, LLM in Telecommunication and Information Technology Law, MA International Relations (summa cum laude), MBA, BBA, Dipl. Telecommunications and Systems Engineering.

Disaster Risk Reduction through the use of modern Information and Communication Technologies

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QQuestion by Eng Ronaldo Borgo

Dear Sir

I would like to complete my question refered on the last masn.
Could you refer R&D networks adressing satellite and IT systems aplyed to de Earth Electric-Magnetic field current reversal observation and disaster risk reduction?

Eng Ronaldo Borgo S&T senior analist | CNPq
Brazil

APosted on 20 Jun 2017

I hope you got a response to this question which I answered two weeks ago.

QQuestion by Eng Ronaldo Borgo

Dear Sir Cosmas Zavazava,

Recently i had been reading articles and notices about the Earth Electric-Magnetic field current reversal from 1600 t0 2015 up to now, it adress the field decrease intensity and expose humanity to a much hard sun radiation, and causes abrupt space weather variations, it causes many disasters.
My question is: Do you know DRR R&D network trought this current phenomenon

Eng Ronaldo Borgo S&T Senior Analist | CNPq
Brazil

APosted on 20 Jun 2017

I hope you received the response to this question which I answered two weeks ago.

QQuestion by Dr Long Jiang

Dear Dr Zavazava,
Some observations through organizing workshops at Accra and Nairobi: ) Countries in Africa still need new and upgrade of observing and information dissemination networks for DRR; 2) Tailored dissemination of accurate information for local residents are highly desirable. Can you share strategy and showcases of ITU in ICT for DRR in Africa please? Thank you!!

Dr Long Jiang Consultant | UNICEF China
China

APosted on 20 Jun 2017

I replied to this question and hope that you have received the response.

QQuestion by Mr Dhruba Paudyal

Large population, who live in risky areas and are vulnerable to several types of risks in Nepal, are illiterate. Modern communication technologies even if is close to them are not accessible due primarily to lack of their knowledge on the technologies. Do you see any incentive that attracts them to use and get advantages of such technologies?

Mr Dhruba Paudyal Senior Divisional Engineer | Ministry of Peace and Reconstruction
Nepal

APosted on 20 Jun 2017

I replied to this question and hope that you got a response.

QQuestion by Mr Eric Palmer

If you were to give advice to a person who is beginning their PhD studies in Nursing with a focus on disaster mitigation/management/resilience, what would you tell them about how health care responders could better utilize technology or where you would like to see more research in disaster resilience or disaster management?

Sincerely,
Eric Palmer RN, BSN, MSN/MHA

Mr Eric Palmer Director of Nursing | Purdue University
United States of America

APosted on 20 Jun 2017

I responded to this question and hope that you got the response.

QQuestion by Mr Gabriel Payet

good day to you sir,
my question is when you taking about Risk reduction by use of modern information technologies, can you explain in more detail what you taking about communication technology in disaster risk reduction

thank you

Mr Gabriel Payet principle disater riskmanagment officer in civil p | department risk and disater mangment
Seychelles

APosted on 20 Jun 2017

Thank you for asking. There are a plethora of ICT technologies that one could use for disaster risk reduction. These range from broadcasting systems to communications and alerting technologies. However, emerging technologies that could be used for disaster risk reduction include big data (a case of our project for Ebola mitigation in West Africa), Internet of Things particularly for machine to machine communication, and Artificial Intelligence including deep machine learning. In addition, ICT could also contribute to disaster prediction, monitoring and detection thus contributing to disaster risk reduction.

QQuestion by Dr Long Jiang

Dear Dr Zavazava,
Some observations through organizing workshops at Accra and Nairobi: ) Countries in Africa still need new and upgrade of observing and information dissemination networks for DRR; 2) Tailored dissemination of accurate information for local residents are highly desirable. Can you share strategy and showcases of ITU in ICT for DRR in Africa please? Thank you!!

Dr Long Jiang Consultant | UNICEF China
China

APosted on 20 Jun 2017

Thank you for your question. Most African countries have access to remote sensing systems and geographical information systems. What is required is to mobilize all stakeholders to apply those technologies for disaster risk reduction. ITU has carried out a number of capacity building activities and has also deployed early warning systems in a number of African countries.

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