ICTs and Small Island Developing States

Open Session
Dhanaraj Thakur, Gillian Marcelle. Elena De Jesus, Siaosi Sovaleni, Joe Mertz
Time: Monday, March 12, 2012 14:30pm-16:00pm
Room: Conference 3
The goal of this panel is to examine the various ways in which ICTs can be used to overcome the unique development challenges that are faced by Small Island Developing States (SIDS). The topic will be addressed by panelists from a variety perspectives including:
Christina Higa, Director, Pan-Pacific Education and Communication Experiments by Satellite (PEACESAT), Hawaii, USA - “Universal Service and Public Service ICT for Development: Pacific Island Experiences.”
Ilan Kelman, Senior Research Fellow, Center for International Climate and Environmental Research, Oslo, Norway - "SIDS and ICTs: Applications for Disaster Risk Reduction, Including Climate Change Adaptation."
Dhanaraj Thakur, Lecturer, Department of Government, The University of the West Indies, Jamaica. - "National ICT policies in the SIDS context."
Elena De Jesus, Associate Sustainable Development Officer, SIDS Unit, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs - "ICTs and coordinating action across SIDS: SIDS Net"
The panel will be chaired by Prof Gillian Marcelle (Wits Business School, South Africa).
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