Supporting emergency preparedness and response in crisis situations

Impact of mobile technology

Every child has the right to life, survival and development. Mobile operators can support this right by helping to build resilient communities and businesses in regions prone to crises, such as climate-related disasters, and offering support for emergency response and recovery. This can involve working with humanitarian organisations and governments who have a shared long-term vision.

Developing and maintaining a robust mobile telecommunications infrastructure, which can withstand extreme conditions and increased volumes of traffic, is the first step. This is vital in the aftermath of a crisis, enabling emergency services and humanitarian workers to communicate and citizens to make emergency calls or mark themselves as safe. Mobile technology and customer data can also be used to inform population movement, facilitate early warning systems and enable emergency cash transfers.

Article 6, CRC: Life, survival and development