The Humanitarian UAV Network (UAViators) and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) are co-organizing the first ever “Experts Meeting on Humanitarian UAVs” next month at UN Headquarters in New York. This full-day strategy meeting, which is co-sponsored by the ICT for Peace Foundation (ICT4Peace) and QCRI, will bring together leading UAV experts (including several members of the UAV Network’s Advisory Board, such as DJI) with seasoned humanitarian professionals from OCHA, WFP, UNICEF, UNHCR, UNDAC, IOM, American Red Cross, European Commission and several other groups that are also starting to use civilian UAVs or have a strong interest in leveraging this technology.
ROBERT STEELE: The UN continues to make the mistake of stove-piping its thinking. UAVs and crowd-sourcing are a marvelous source, but until the UN takes on the toiugher but easily achievable task of creating the United Nations Open-Source Decision-Support Information Network (UNODIN) that I have been recommending for years, it will fail to be effective. Intelligence with integrity enables all threats, all policies, all sustainability development goals, all donor funds, to be applied in the context of holistic analytics, true cost economics, and open source everything engineering. Until then, the UN is doing the wrong things righter, not the right things….IMHO.