Vienna: The 2013 edition of the World Disasters Report, with a focus on technology and the future of humanitarian action, was released at the Vienna International Centre. The launch was organised by the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), together with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), Embassy of Norway in Vienna and he Austrian Red Cross.
The report highlighted how the responsible use of technology offers concrete ways to make humanitarian assistance more effective, efficient and accountable. It detailed how humanitarians are employing technology in new and creative ways and what risks and opportunities may emerge as a result of technological advancements.
Integration of information networks, mobile technology hardware and applications, social media and mapping platforms are enabling agencies to predict crises better which results in better response.
Affected populations increasingly generate a vast amount of real-time information. Humanitarian organisations are also adopting geospatial and mobile technologies such as smartphones to collect data in many formats, the report stated.
Source: World Disaster Report