UN-SPIDER organised the “United Nations Conference on Space-based Technologies for Disaster Management - Best Practices for Risk Reduction and Rapid Response Mapping” on 22-25 November 2011.
The conference brought together 128 participants from 42 countries representing 93 national, regional and international organizations, non-government organizations, the private sector and academia representing all the continents. Participants represented civil protection agencies, emergency management organizations, space agencies, remote sensing agencies, research institutions, ministries of environment and natural resources, science and technology bureaus, and other government and non-government agencies. The conference included 7 plenary sessions that incorporated 36 presentations from the experts and users of the technology, 3 side meetings and 3 breakout discussion sessions. It covered a range topics including advancements in technology, best practices in disaster risk management, experiences in rapid response mapping, etc. Outcomes and impacts of the recent UN-SPIDER technical advisory missions were discussed.
All information on the conference, the agenda, presentations, the report, etc. can be checked out here: http://www.un-spider.org/conference-beijing-2011