*The text below is adapted from remarks I delivered today at a signing ceremony for ITU joining the Crisis Connectivity Charter.
As the Director of ITU’s Radiocommunications Bureau, I could not highlight enough the relevance of radiocommunications, and more specifically the relevance of satellite communications in the management and mitigation of eventual crises.
Radiocommunication services have driven substantial transformation in many development-related sectors including environment, health and education – making them a key accelerator towards the achievement of the SDGs.
If we look into the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) No. 13 on Climate Action, its first target is to strengthen resilience and adaptive capacity to climate-related hazards and natural disasters in all countries.
Allow me to illustrate the key role satellite communications play towards achieving this SDG target by providing vital connectivity before, during and after a disaster occurs.
Taking into account the relevance of connectivity, especially for regions and countries affected by disasters, the ITU is striving to ensure that all the world’s people have access to affordable communications.
Therefore, it is a pleasure for me to be here today at the signing ceremony of ITU joining the Crisis Connectivity Charter.
This initiative will surely facilitate the use of satellite communications in times of crisis by bringing together our colleagues from satellite operators, associations, the UN Office, regional and national governments, as well as the local population.