The Asian and Pacific Training Centre for Information and Communication Technology for Development organized the Session on ICT Human Capacity Development for Resilience during the Technical Meeting on Resilient ICT Connectivity for the Knowledge Economy, SDGs and the WSIS Goals on 21 September 2016.
The objective of the session was to promote human capacity building in ICT and its uses for pursuing national and regional development goals for sustainable, inclusive and participatory development. The session introduced APCICT’s flagship programme, “Academy of ICT Essentials for Government Leaders”, its implementation strategy, current utilization and institutionalization in the countries covered by United Nations Special Programme for the Economies of Central Asia (SPECA). SPECA is composed of seven countries including Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.
Recognizing the significant role Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) can play in disaster risk reduction (DRR) and in all phases of disaster risk management (DRM), particularly in assisting with observation, adaptation and mitigation of climate change, the session focused on two Academy modules- Module 9: ‘ICT for Disaster Risk Management’ and Module 10: ‘ICT, Climate Change, and Green Growth’. There was an in-depth discussion on how ICTs, including social media, can be used to support resilience in development activities. The meeting also provided specific examples from the Central Asian countries to illustrate the challenges to resilience due to disaster risk and climate change, and the importance of capacity building in this aspect.
Participated by representatives of SPECA member countries, as well as representatives of United Nations agencies and relevant international and regional organizations who have been engaged in development.