The ICT4Peace project is indebted to many individuals and institutions. Wewould like to express our gratitude to former Finnish President MarttiAhtisaari, Kristiina Rinkineva, and the Crisis Management Initiative,Ambassadors Thomas Greminger, Yrjö Länsipuro, Peter Maurer and TeddyWinkler, Christian Catrina, Maurice Strong, Michael Moller, Georg Stein,Claude Bruderlein, Mathias Stiefel and Bodgan Lungulescu andWSPInternational, Heinz Krummenacher, Anja Ebnöther, Chris Pallaris, JuanRada, Andreas Wenger, Alain Modoux, Linton Wells, Brian Fila, MarkusReisle, Tim Kelly, Rene Francis, Joutiar Saleh, Jean-Pierre Gontard, theGeneva Center for Humanitarian Dialogue, Denis and Bernard Barut of Startforyou, Johann Terretaz of Twice2 for designing the logo, and to theInternational Telecommunications Union and the United Nations Office forthe Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) for the kind permission toreprint the
Tampere Convention on the Provision of Telecommunication Resources for Disaster Mitigation and Relief Operations
and OCHA andReliefweb for the kind permission to reprint the OCHA 2002 Symposium
Final Statement on Best Practices in Humanitarian Information Management and Exchange
as annexes. We would like to express our sincere appreciationto all those who made this publication possible, the staff of the United NationsTask Force Secretariat, located in the Department of Economic and SocialAffairs of the United Nations, who devoted many hours to proofreading thetext, especially Enrica Murmura, and her collaborators Edoardo Zucchelli andCheryl Stafford, and the Graphic Design Unit of the United NationsDepartment of Public Information Our recognition also goes to SarbulandKhan and Sergei Kambalov for opening the United Nations ICT Task ForceSeries to our endeavour. The ICT4Peace project also wished to thank oursponsors: first and foremost the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairsand the Swiss Federal Department of Defense, Civil Protection and Sport, andalso WiseKey, the OISTE foundation, the Corymbo Foundation, andl’Agence Intergouvernementale de la Francophonie.This report is a preliminary overview: despite our efforts, we are sure that wehave overlooked important initiatives. The online version of this report,which can be found athttp://www.ict4peace.org/ will be kept “alive” andupdated. To assist us in this process, please firstname.lastname@example.org comments, feedback and information about ICT4Peace activities.