Emergency.lu to support migration organisation
(CS) Luxembourg has signed an agreement with the International Organization for Migration (IMO), enabling the latter to make use of the emergency.lu crisis communication system.
The accord was signed by Cooperation and Humanitarian Action Minister Romain Schneider and IMO Director General William Lacy Swing on Tuesday at the Addis Ababa development summit.
Under the agreement, the IMO will be able to request the emergency.lu crisis communication kits together with volunteers from the “protection civile” emergency services who help set up the units and offer training.
The kits can be used in areas where local communications networks have broken down or are non-existent, offering internet and phone connectivity via satellite. This will allow IOM workers on the ground to better coordinate efforts on the ground and stay in touch with the Geneva HQ, as well as their families.
Aside from improving efficiency, the use of emergency.lu in crisis situations is expected to make the work of IMO safer and improve working conditions for its employees.
The IMO will also be able to call on SES Techcom Services and Hitech Luxembourg for mapping, data collection and data management services. The government has signed similar agreements with the World Food Programme, UNHCR and UNICEF.
The system had been deployed in a number of disaster regions, most recently in Nepal, Vanuatu, the Philippines and Sudan.
Emergency.lu is a public private partnership between the Luxembourg government, SES Techcom Srvices, Hitec Luxembourg and Luxembourg Air Ambulance. The programme was launched in 2012, with the partnership extended until 2020 last year.