Mobile networks and the connectivity they provide can be a lifeline for those affected by natural disasters and other humanitarian emergencies. The number of these crises and their impact is growing. Between 2004 and 2014, an estimated 1.8 billion people were affected by natural and complex disasters. Mobile networks facilitate both access to information and coordinate assistance with Government, NGOs and the international humanitarian community before, during and after disasters. In recognition of their crucial role, mobile network operator (MNO) members of the GSMA have defined and committed to a set of shared principles in the spirit of supporting and enhancing humanitarian connectivity.
The GSMA will support MNOs in the implementation of the Charter. The Principles, objectives and aspirational activities of “The Charter” are supported by The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), The UN Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC) and the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. These and other interested parties will work with GSMA signatories on the adoption and implementation of The Charter activities.