Macfadden Invited to Participate in the Global Symposium +5 Information for Humanitarian Action

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Macfadden announced today that Eric Sawyer, Director of Geospatial Services, and Kathleen Miner, Information Management Coordinator for USAID's Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance, have been invited to participate in the Global Symposium +5 being held at the Palais des Nations in Geneva from October 22-26. They will join 250 humanitarian professionals and information specialists to examine how new technologies and improved information practices can enhance current humanitarian operations.

Hosted by the United Nations' Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, Global Symposium +5 will build upon the 2002 Symposium on Best Practices in Humanitarian Information Exchange and several subsequent regional workshops held in areas around the world.

This forum will review progress since its inception and explore a wide range of subjects designed to improve humanitarian response by improving access to information. The Symposium will showcase new technologies and innovations being used in humanitarian operations, including Geographic Information Systems use of Open Source Intelligence and Information Repositories. Kathleen Miner will be facilitating the working group on Humanitarian Information Field Exchange, one of five topic areas discussed at the symposium.

"We are honored to have Macfadden represented at this critical meeting of minds in the humanitarian community," said Russ Hall, President and CEO at Macfadden. "In order to continue to improve the flow of information during emergency scenarios, it is imperative to maintain a continued dialogue and establish sound information management principles."

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