UN-SPIDER July 2018 Updates
Applications for UN International Conference on Space-Based Technologies for Disaster Risk Reduction close 31 August
The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and the Ministry of Emergency Management of the People’s Republic of China (MEM) will hold this year’s International Conference on Space-based Technologies for Disaster Risk Reduction from 24 to 26 October 2018 in Beijing, China. The conference, entitled “Enhancing Disaster Preparedness for Effective Emergency Response”, is implemented under the United Nations Platform for Space-based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response (UNSPIDER) through its Beijing Office. The deadline for selffunded applicants to apply for participation in the event is 31 August.
UNOOSA and UNITAR-UNOSAT request activation of International Charter for floods in Lao People's Democratic Republic
The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) Operational Satellite Applications Programme (UNOSAT) jointly activated the International Charter Space and Major Disasters for the recent floods in Lao People's Democratic Republic on 24 July 2018. UNOOSA activated the Charter on behalf of the country's Ministry of Science and Technology and Department of Disaster Management and Climate, while UNITAR-UNOSAT activated the emergency mechanism on behalf of the World Food Program (WFP). Two UN-SPIDER Regional Support Offices contributed to this Charter activation: the Asia Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) and the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) acted as so-called Value Added Providers by assessing satellite imagery of the affected area and developing maps to deliver to the end user on the ground.
UNOOSA organizes side event on Earth observation at Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction
The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), through its Platform for Space-based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response (UNSPIDER), conducted a side event at the Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR) in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, on using Earth observation to implement the Sendai Framework. The session aimed to demonstrate the benefits of space-based technologies for the implementation of the Sendai Framework, to provide a forum to share experiences that Asian countries have had in using space technologies for disaster management, and to identify opportunities for collaboration between disaster management authorities in Asia and UN-SPIDER.