Together with the Governments of Austria and Brazil, the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) organized a side-event to discuss the contribution of space-based information and technologies to support the implementation of Rio +20 outcomes and actions. The focus was on space and its contributions that would lead to a convergence on the use of space based technologies for sustainable development and assist in identifying the next actions that would embrace Rio+20 outcomes. The event consisted of contributions from 5 invited panellists, and covered the areas of food, water, health and disasters as well as geospatial information.
The session was chaired by Dr. Yasuchi Horikawa (Japan), Chairman of COPUOS 2012-2013 and moderated by Dr. Ade Abiodun (Nigeria). The Opening Statement was given by the President of the Brazilian Space Agency, Dr. José Raimundo Braga Coelho on behalf of H.E. Mr. Marco Raupp Minister for Science, Technology and Innovation of Brazil. Panellists included Amb. Walther Lichem (Austria), Dr. Stephen Briggs (CEOS), Mr. Paul Larsen (World Food Programme - WFP), Dr. Mario Lanfri (Argentina) and Dr. Frederico de Angelis (Brazil).