Policies and Programmes in DRR
One of ITU’s objectives within the purview of the Telecommunication Development Sector is to support the implementation of global, regional and other relevant initiatives and projects. This includes initiatives and projects relating to:
• Underserved areas;
• Indigenous communities and small island developing states;
• Least developed countries;
• Landlocked developing countries;
• Highly indebted poor countries;
• Countries recovering from conflicts;
• Countries and territories under occupation;
• Regions with special needs;
• Conditions that pose severe threats to the environment, such as natural disasters.
These initiatives and projects facilitate the deployment and operation of telecommunication/ICT networks and services with a view to fostering their secure, sustainable and affordable access and use at national, regional and global levels.
ITU assists countries in drafting and adopting appropriate ICT policies, regulations and guidelines that facilitate the use of ICT for disaster risk reduction to include Geographical Information and Remote Sensing Systems, which are critical for disaster preparedness and early warning.
At the global level, ITU promotes and provides assistance to stakeholders in the ratification and implementation of the Tampere Convention on the provision of telecommunication resources for disaster mitigation and relief operations. The treaty provides the legal framework for the use of telecommunications in international humanitarian assistance, reduces regulatory barriers, and protects providers of telecommunication assistance while safeguarding the interests of the host country.