Hosts: American Red Cross, Global Disaster Preparedness Center, International Committee of the Red Cross, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Kenya Red Cross Society, the Republic of Korea National Red Cross, the Netherlands Red Cross
Languages: English, French, Spanish, Arabic
Where: room 5/6
In line with the Conference’s aim to reduce disaster risk and improve the ability of communities to better prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters and complex emergencies, this side event will explore the role of technology in strengthening resilience characteristics and actions.
Technology, no longer seen as a luxury, is an essential tool for many individuals and communities during crisis situations. A panel of experts representing various industries will share stories on resilience-strengthening tools, ranging from infrastructure (e.g. basic access and connectivity), information communication and other proven technology (e.g. mobile phones, e-payments, etc.) and emerging solutions (e.g. unmanned aerial vehicles, 3D printers, etc.). Panelists will highlight emerging trends in technology use by vulnerable communities, with a particular focus on tools being utilized during the ongoing refugee crisis.
The event will promote a principled approach when leveraging technology and call for innovative partnership models to support community-level access, management and ownership of technology. By better understanding existing tools, as well as new approaches and networks, the Red Cross and Red Crescent, governments and partners can enhance efforts to support community-led initiatives and help individuals meet their needs and aspirations.