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UN-SPIDER November 2017 Updates

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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.

Alongside these endeavours, the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) is preparing for UNISPACE+50, which will mark in 2018 the 50th anniversary of the first United Nations Conference on the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNISPACE I), held in 1968 in Vienna.

The Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) at its fiftyeighth session in June 2015 endorsed a plan of work heading towards UNISPACE+50. In line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals, UNISPACE+50 aims to chart the future role of COPUOS, its subsidiary bodies and UNOOSA. At UNISPACE+50, the international community will develop a global vision for the future of international space cooperation called Space2030, based on the four pillars of space economy, space society, space accessibility and space diplomacy.

In preparation for UNISPACE+50, COPUOS endorsed seven thematic priorities. Thematic Priority 6 (TP6), “International Cooperation Towards Low-Emission and Resilient Societies”, is closely linked to UN-SPIDER, the UNOOSA programme to develop solutions to address the limited access developing countries have to space and related technologies that can be essential in the management of disasters and disaster risk reduction.

TP6 focuses on disaster risk reduction, climate change mitigation and adaptation, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and space infrastructure resiliency. These components will be addressed through a dedicated TP6 road map.

The specific activities organized to progress on TP6 are:

  • UN-SPIDER activities such as Technical Advisory Missions (TAM), capacity-building programmes, institutional strengthening missions and expert meetings

  • United Nations International Conference on Space-based Technologies for Disaster Risk Reduction - “Building Resilience through Integrated Applications”, Beijing, China, 23-25 October 2017

  • International Asteroid Warning Network (IAWN) and Space Mission Planning Advisory Group (SMPAG), COP23 – Bonn, Germany, 6-17 November 2017

  • UN/Germany International Conference on International Cooperation Towards LowEmission and Resilient Societies, Bonn, 22-24 November 2017