UN Hub for ICT Capacity Development

The United Nations Asian and Pacific Training Centre for Information and Communication Technology for Development, a regional institute of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN-APCICT/ESCAP), kicked off the Fourth Regional Training of Trainers Workshop in Seongnam, Republic of Korea. The five-day workshop runs 22-26 February, and will deliver training on the use of information and communication technology (ICT) for disaster risk management and climate change abatement.

As is now widely accepted by the scientific community and the general public, climate change constitutes a major threat to the earth’s ecosystems and combating this threat is important to salvage our future development. There is also general agreement about the impact climate change is having on the frequency and severity of disaster occurrences around the world. To abate climate change and manage disaster risk, there has been much interest and research in the use of ICT.

The Fourth Regional Training of Training Workshop welcomes forty-four disaster management, climate change and ICT officials and practitioners from twenty-one countries, and aims to develop a cadre of resource persons to help deliver training at the national and regional level on two, new upcoming modules of APCICT’s “Academy of ICT Essentials for Government Leaders Programme” (Academy).

The Academy is APCICT’s flagship programme and is designed to provide government officials and development stakeholders with the necessary skills to fully leverage ICT for socio-economic development (ICTD). The Academy curriculum currently consists of eight stand-alone, yet inter-linked training modules that cover a variety of ICTD related topics.

Published by: Pacific scoop on February 23, 2011

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