On 14 October at the World Humanitarian Summit Global Consultation in Geneva, the
On 14 October at the World Humanitarian Summit Global Consultation in Geneva, the satellite operators Eutelsat, Hispasat, Inmarsat, Intelsat, SES, Thuraya and Yahsat signed the Crisis Connectivity Charter in partnership with the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC).
Satellite operators sign Crisis Connectivity Charter at the World Humanitarian Summit Global Consultation
NASA's Satellite Servicing Capabilities Office (SSCO) at Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland, in partnership with the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida, wants to create a robotic gas station in space to service with fuel the thousands of satellites currently orbiting Earth.
This would increase life expectancy of many satellites by puting off costly launches and slowing the rate of needed material sent into space.
In mid-July 2014, the Humanitarian Open Street Map team (HOT) launched a new Version 2 update to their Tasking Manager. This tool makes it even easier for people to contribute to the maps, giving them access to project descriptions on recent humanitarian mapping work, and to join in with the mapping by taking a task.
In the 1980's, it was observed that the number of disasters and their impacts were increasing world - wide. This situation alarmed the United Nations Organisation, which held various conferences on the issue, leading to the U N Declaration GAD 44/236 of 1989 declaring the 1990's (1990 - 1999) as the International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction (IDNDR).
The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) last week stated that for the first time in history the world has experienced three consecutive years where annual economic losses have exceeded $100 billion due to an enormous increase in exposure of industrial assets and private property to extreme disaster events.
The UN General Assembly confirmed that Japan will host the Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in 2015 when it passed its annual resolution yesterday on the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction.