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The ICT4Peace Foundation will conduct a Roundtable on ICT Technologies for Peace-building and Crisis Management on Friday, June 27, 2008, 11:30-13:00, Nehru Centre, Mumbai as part of the Responsibility to the Future: Business, Peace and Sustainability conference organised by the Strategic Foresight Group.

Responsibility to the Future: Business, Peace and Sustainability is organised in partnership with the ICT4Peace Foundation.

Roundtable on ICT Technologies for Peace-building and Crisis Management
How can information and communication technologies help build peace, mitigate disasters and efficiently address humanitarian needs? How can they prevent conflicts while enabling companies to earn profits?

Speakers
• Mr Sanjana Hattotuwa, Special Advisor of ICT4Peace Foundation
• Mr Alain Modoux, former Assistant Director General of UNESCO
• Lieutenant General Satish Nambiar, Director United Service Institution of India
• Mr Dag Nielsen, Director, Ericsson AB
• General Deepak Sammanwar, former Director General Military Intelligence of India
• Dr Linton Wells II, Force Transformation Chair, National Defence University, former Acting Assistant Secretary of Defence of the US

• Moderator: Ms Barbara Weekes, Director, Geneva Security Forum
• Chair: Amb Daniel Stauffacher, Chairman, ICT4Peace Foundation
Issues that will be covered
Amb Daniel Stauffacher, Chairman, ICT4Peace Foundation
Will introduce the session and provide a brief background on the activities of the ICT4Peace foundation (3-4 minutes)

Sanjana Hattotuwa, Special Advisor of ICT4Peace Foundation

Will primarily address issues related to technology and new media for peacebuilding, based on experiences in Sri Lanka and elsewhere. He will, In addition, focus on issues related to the humanitarian response and the mitigation of disasters.

Alain Modoux, former Assistant Director General of UNESCO

“All stakeholders involved in peacekeeping and humanitarian assistance operations have a common interest to overcome the lack of shared situation awareness. Building cross-cultural bridges and creating a collaborative civil-military information environment are crucial to a fruitful cooperation and an effective coordination between military and civilians (IGO and NGO), within the UN system, between IGO and NGO and within the NGO galaxy. In order to address this critical need, ICT4Peace has developed, jointly with the Cairo Regional Center for Training on Conflict Resolution & Peacekeeping in Africa (CCCPA), an Integrated Training for Integrated Missions concept. Its implementation will enable CCCPA to train yearly  a network of about 50 African multi-stakeholder facilitators (Civil-Military Cooperation Bridge-Builders) whose priority task will be to boost, in using primarily ICTs, the flow and sharing of information among all stakeholders involved in a given crisis situation.”

Lieutenant General Satish Nambiar, Director United Service Institution of India

Will focus on the use of ICT for facilitating peacekeeping and post conflict peace-building.

Mr Dag Nielsen, Director, Ericsson AB

Will address the business angle in the discussion focusing on ICT technologies and their implementation.

Gen Deepak Sammanwar, former Director General Military Intelligence of India

Will focus on the strategic use of ICT in crisis management.

Dr Linton Wells II, Force Transformation Chair, National Defence University, former Acting Assistant Secretary of Defence of the US

Will discuss the classes he gave to the African peacekeepers in Cairo and recent experiences in trying to establish ICT flyaway kits for Myanmar.