GSMA Announces Commitment At UN World Humanitarian Summit

GSMA-Announces-Commitment-At-UN-World-Humanitarian-SummitGSMA has announced commitment to offer expertise in mobile money and disaster preparedness and response at the UN World Humanitarian Summit.

At the World Humanitarian Summit, GSMA director general Mats Granryd addressed the Leaders Roundtable on Financing: Investing in Humanity and outlined the GSMA’s commitment to expanding the footprint of its Humanitarian Connectivity Charter. In his remarks, GSMA director general Mats Granryd highlighted that the GSMA will offer expertise in mobile money and disaster preparedness and response to help address the opportunities and challenges of mobile cash disbursements in disaster-prone countries.

“The humanitarian crises facing our global community today are unprecedented and the unique scale and reach of mobile networks can help meet the challenges faced by humanitarian responders,” commented Mats Granryd.

“The GSMA is committed to building on the momentum of the Humanitarian Connectivity Charter, now covering over 50 countries, and through this we will help to address the opportunities and challenges of mobile cash disbursements in disaster-prone countries,” added Granryd.

The Humanitarian Connectivity Charter, an initiative launched by the GSMA at Mobile World Congress 2015, unites the industry under a set of principles that aim to harness the power of mobile technology to support people affected by humanitarian emergencies. The Charter is also supported by the United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance, the Emergency Telecommunications Cluster, the International Federation of the Red Cross and most recently by the International Committee of the Red Cross.

The principles of the Charter focus on enhanced coordination, standardised preparedness and response activities and strengthened partnerships between industry, government and humanitarian organisations.

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