When Disaster Strikes: Mobile’s Role in Humanitarian Assistance


Wed, 2 Mar: 10:00 - 11:00 CET


GSMA Ministerial Programme - CC4, Hall Upper Walkway



Session Description

One of the crucial aspects in a policymakers’ mandate is to support the population and coordinate emergency response when facing a crisis. Disasters and other humanitarian crises are increasing in prevalence and severity – climate change being a key factor.

Mobile networks facilitate both access to information and coordination of assistance with governments and the national and international humanitarian community before, during and after disasters. Inclusive policy and regulatory frameworks, including through shaping National Emergency Telecoms plans, can be lifesaving in times of crisis. This session will explore the role of mobile connectivity as lifeline for those affected by natural disasters and other humanitarian emergencies, and industry wide shared principles to support and enhance connectivity in times of crisis.


*Please note, the GSMA Ministerial Programme is an invitation-only event. If you haven’t received an invitation to the Ministerial Programme you won’t be able to gain access on-site.  

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