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17 Sep 2018 description

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.

28 Aug 2018 description

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.

24 Aug 2018 description

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.

10 Aug 2018 description

A new European Space Agency (ESA) project aims to allow developing countries to have greater access to powerful Earth observation tools in order to reduce risks linked to natural disasters such as earthquakes, floods or volcanic eruptions.

09 Aug 2018 description

Applications for UN International Conference on Space-Based Technologies for Disaster Risk Reduction close 31 August

08 Aug 2018 description

Sentinel Asia has released a collection of good practices in disaster emergency observation using data captured by the Advanced Land Observing Satellite-2 "DAICHI-2" (ALOS-2) from 2014 to 2017.

30 Jul 2018 description

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.

24 Jul 2018 description

Atos activated its new Earth observation platform Mundi Web Services on 21 June 2018. The platform is already being used by several clients to evaluate and manage disaster risks.

12 Jul 2018 description

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.

27 Jun 2018 description

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.

27 Jun 2018 description


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.

27 Jun 2018 description

Applications open for United Nations International Conference on Space-based Technologies for Disaster Risk Reduction

30 Apr 2018 description

UN-SPIDER participates in 2nd Asian Science and Technology Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction

30 Mar 2018 description

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.

14 Mar 2018 description

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.

15 Feb 2018 description

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
28 Nov 2017 description

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.

16 Oct 2017 description

UN-SPIDER at a glance

UN-SPIDER Regional Support Offices conduct virtual meeting

24 Mar 2016 description

UN-SPIDER at a glance

UN-SPIDER presents its annual report of activities to the STSC in Vienna