Most read reports
- Crop Prospects and Food Situation, No. 3, September 2018
- A Future Stolen: Young and out of school
- The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2018: Building climate resilience for food security and nutrition [EN/AR/RU]
- United Nations, World Bank, and Humanitarian Organizations Launch Innovative Partnership to End Famine [EN/AR]
- ECOWAS calls for increased coordination to address security and developmental challenges in Sahel region
Radiant Earth Foundation announced that it will release a new, open Earth imagery platform to assist the global development community to tackle a range of challenges including disasters.
The European Space Agency (ESA) launched the much-awaited Aeolus satellite into orbit on 21 August. Aeolus - the “Keeper of Winds” in Greek mythology - aims to track and profile global wind better. Data from Aeolus is expected to improve weather forecasting and contribute to better disaster management.
In May 2018, Planet joined the International Charter “Space and Major Disasters” as an approved data contributor, providing the Charter with 3.7 million Planetscope data from the largest fleet of miniature Earth imagery satellites operated by Planet. Planet's constellation of microsatellites will add to the Charter's ability to respond effectively to calls after major disasters worldwide.
Applications for UN International Conference on Space-Based Technologies for Disaster Risk Reduction close 31 August
The summer of 2018 has seen several severe wildfires across Europe and the world. A number of space-based applications and data from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the European Union’s Copernicus programme, the European Forest Fire Information System (EFFIS) are supporting authorities in fighting the fires.
An Earth sensing imaging spectrometer which can monitor natural disasters such as wildfires, floods, and droughts through the scan of multiple bands of light was launched into space on 29 June.
The United Nations Platform for Space-based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response (UN-SPIDER) has published a new booklet with examples of the programme's technical advisory support activities.
The year 2017 was an opportunity for the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) to consider both the history and future of human activities in outer space.
Applications open for United Nations International Conference on Space-based Technologies for Disaster Risk Reduction
UN-SPIDER participates in 2nd Asian Science and Technology Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction
UN-SPIDER conducts Technical Advisory Mission follow-up and national training programme in Sri Lanka
At the request of the Government of Sri Lanka through its Ministry of Disaster Management (MoDM), UN-SPIDER carried out a Technical Advisory Mission (TAM) follow-up activity to the country to understand long-term capacitybuilding needs and to co-organize a national training course on disaster risk assessments together with two of its Regional Support Offices.
UN-SPIDER participates in MOBILISE events in Colombo
UN-SPIDER participated in a workshop and conference organized by the MOBILISE project in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
In this issue:
UN-SPIDER at a glance
- Fifty-fifth session of the Scientific and Technical Subcommittee opens in Vienna
- Tracking rising waters in the Rhine river
- Applications for programme to study microgravity science by performing experiments in a drop tower close 28 February
- Applications open for programme offering opportunity to deploy cube satellites from ISS
- UN-SPIDER jointly organizes regional workshop and training course on drought preparedness
In Focus: UNISPACE+50 Thematic Priority 6: International cooperation towards low-emission and resilient societies
Member States of the United Nations are engaged with and act upon three important global frameworks: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 and the Paris Agreement stemming from the 21st meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
UN-SPIDER at a glance
UN-SPIDER Regional Support Offices conduct virtual meeting