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The Telecommunications Working Group

Initial Coordinator:

  • Hans Zimmermann
    Senior Humanitarian Affairs Officer, UN OCHA, Geneva
    Chairman, the UN Working Group on Emergency Telecommunications (WGET)
    (retired)
    Email: Hans.Zimmermann@ties.itu.int

Goal:

  • GDIN used the UN Working Group on Emergency Telecommunications for advise on telecommunications issues. The WGET, convened by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), is an open forum to facilitate the use of telecommunications in the service of humanitarian assistance.  It comprises United Nations entities, major NGOs, the ICRC, the ITU and experts from the private sector and academia. The WGET usually holds two plenary meetings per year.
  • Emergency Telecommunications Mailing List: The WGET secretariat maintains an e-mail list for the distribution of information between meetings. To subscribe to this list, please send an e-mail to: mailserv@itu.int with the subject field left blank with text in the body of the message reading: subscribe emergency-telecoms. This will subscribe the user to the list with the e-mail address from which the message was sent. An archive of the Emergency Telecommunications mailing list will be available on this site in the near future. Agencies regularly participating in the WGET have access to meeting documents on a restricted access web site. Access by participating agencies can be obtained from hans.zimmermann@ties.itu.int.
  • WebPages: Information and resources available for the provision of emergency telecommunications during relief operations.

Deliverables presented at GDIN2002, Italy June 2002:

  • Update on signatories to Tampere Convention

Participants:

  • See Members of the WGET

Reports and Links:
  • Download the Draft Summary of Goals and Activities (52K WORD)
  • Download information (140K WORD) from UNHCR, The UN Refugee Agency, which is seeking Consultant Telecommunication Technicians to work in remote and difficult locations.
  • "Opinion of the Conference", adopted by the closing session of CDC-2001, The Second Tampere Conference on Disaster Communications, 28 - 30 May 2001.