Tomorrow, 17 October, is the launch of the World Disaster Report 2013 “Focus on Technology and the Future of Humanitarian Action.”
The World Disaster Report (WDR) 2013 examines the profound impact of technological innovations on humanitarian action, how humanitarians employ technology in new and creative ways, and what risks and opportunities may emerge as a result of technological innovations. The responsible use of technology offers concrete ways to make humanitarian assistance more effective, efficient and accountable and can, in turn, directly reduce vulnerability and strengthen resilience.
Finding ways to leverage advances in technology to serve the most vulnerable is a moral imperative; a responsibility, not a choice.
Published annually since 1993, the World Disasters Report brings together the latest trends, facts and analysis of contemporary catastrophes and their effect on vulnerable populations worldwide. Initiated by the International Federation of Red Cross Red Crescent Societies, it convenes eminent researchers, authors and development and humanitarian aid practitioners to highlight contemporary issues on a yearly basis.
A panel discussion will take place on October 17 th at 9:30 a.m. EST at Harvard University and will be web streamed (audio only). To participate this session please register at: https://hsphevents.webex.com/mw0307l/mywebex/default.do?siteurl=hsphevents&service=6
The full report will be available on October 17 th . To view the report visit: www.ifrc.org/WDR2013
Panel participants include:
Patrick Vinck - Associate Faculty, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative
Laura Howe - Vice President or Public Relations, American Red Cross
Gary Fowlie- Head of the Liaison Office of the United Nations International Telecommunications Unit
Rebecca Curzon - Senior Program Manager, Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Affairs, IBM
Matthias Schmale- Under Secretary General, National Societies and Knowledge Development, IFRC