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  • UN-GGIM Strategic Framework on Geospatial Information and Services for Disasters
    New UN-GGIM strategic framework provides guidance for use of geospatial information and services in disaster risk management Wed Aug 23 2017
    The Working Group on Geospatial Information and Services for Disasters (WG-GISD) of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) has published a "Strategic Framework on Geospatial Information and Services for Disaster" to guide all stakeholders and partners in the management of geospatial information and services in all phases of disaster risk...
  • Floods in Nepal. Image: UN Country Team Nepal.
    UN-SPIDER supports emergency responses for Nepal and Sierra Leone floods and landslides Wed Aug 16 2017
    Heavy rainfall has caused deadly flooding and mudslides in and around Sierra Leone’s capital, Freetown, while the worst monsoon rains in 15 years have triggered flooding and landslides in 27 of Nepal's 75 districts. UNOOSA has requested the activation of the European Commission Copernicus Emergency Mapping Service for both disasters. The United Nations Officer for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) has...
  • Ministry of Home Affairs - National Emergency Operation Centre
    UN-SPIDER carries out Technical Advisory Mission to Nepal Fri Aug 11 2017
    From 31 July to 4 August 2017, UN-SPIDER carried out a Technical Advisory Mission (TAM) to Nepal to evaluate the current and potential use of space-derived information in all aspects of disaster management and offering recommendations to strengthen the disaster risk management and emergency response in the country. The mission was conducted upon request from the Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA)...
  • 2014 Landslide in Washington State
    Research analyses potential of satellite data in detecting ground movement before landslides Mon Aug 7 2017
    Landslides claim many lives and cause economic loss every year. According to one database recording occurrences of landslides, there were 444 landslides leading to 2,250 fatalities in 2016. Five of these landslides were triggered by earthquakes, one of the many natural and human causes for landslides. Traditional detection and monitoring techniques are based on in-situ data from sensors measuring...
  • Guatemala training course July 2017
    UN-SPIDER joins forces with SENACYT, SE-CONRED and IAA-USAC to conduct a training course in Guatemala Fri Aug 4 2017
    In recent decades, Guatemala has been experiencing disasters triggered by geologic and hydro-meteorological hazards that have impacted urban and rural communities. In order to increase the country’s capacity to make use of to address these hazards, UN-SPIDER, in conjunction with the National Secretariat of the Council of Science and Technology of Guatemala (SENACYT) and the Executive Secretariat...
  • UN-SPIDER and DGPC conduct training course in EI Salvador Fri Jul 28 2017
    El Salvador is exposed to hydro-meteorological and geophysical hazards and has a history of destructive earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tropical storms, and droughts. In order to increase the capacity of the inter-institutional technical team headed by the Directorate of Civil Protection of El Salvador (DGPC) on the use remote sensing techniques to generate geospatial information to address...
  • UN-SPIDER joins CONVERCIENCIA 2017 event in Guatemala Wed Aug 2 2017
    The National Secretariat for Science and Technology of Guatemala (SENACYT) organized a week-long event called CONVERCIENCIA 2017 to showcase the research conducted by Guatemalan researchers living abroad and researchers living in Guatemala. The event, conducted from 24 to 28 July 2017, includes conferences in universities and research centres in Guatemala City, Antigua City, Chiquimula City, and...
  • International Charter activated for wildfires in Montenegro Wed Aug 2 2017
    Montenegro faced a series of wildfires along the Adriatic coast in July 2017 due to the hot summer temperature and dry weather. Hundreds of tourists and residents have been evacuated from the Lustica peninsula. Strong winds accompanying the hot summer and arid conditions fueled the fires to spread across Lustica peninsula and threatening the towns of Herceg Novi, Tivat and the capital Podgorica....
  • UN-SPIDER CRECTEALC visit
    UN-SPIDER visits Mexico Campus of the Regional Centre for Space Science Technology Education for Latin America and the Caribbean Tue Jul 18 2017
    The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), through its programme on for Disaster Management and Emergency Reponse (UN-SPIDER), visited the Mexico Campus of the Regional Centre for Space Science Technology Education for Latin America and the Caribbean (CRECTEALC). The visit included meetings with the Director of the Mexican Institute for Astrophysics, Optics and Electronics (...
  • Regional expert meeting Latin America and Caribbean
    Stakeholders from eight countries convene in Mexico for Regional Expert Meeting for Latin America and the Caribbean Tue Jul 11 2017
    A regional expert meeting to continue promoting the use of space-based technologies in disaster risk reduction in Latin America and the Caribbean kicked off today in Mexico City. The event under the title "Enhancing the use of in Multi-Hazard Early Warning Systems" is run by the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), through its UN-SPIDER progamme, and the Mexican Space Agency (...
  • UN-SPIDER Updates June 2017
    UN-SPIDER Updates June 2017 Mon Jul 10 2017
    The June 2017 UN-SPIDER Updates have been published and can be accessed online at the link below: UN-SPIDER Updates June 2017 page A pdf-version of the Updates is made available below. Subscribe to our mailing list to receive the Updates straight to your inbox next month.
  • Semana geomatica IGAC
    7th International Geomatic Week 2017 in Bogotá organized by Geographic Institute Agustín Codazzi (IGAC) of Colombia Mon Jul 10 2017
    The Geographic Institute Agustín Codazzi (IGAC) of Colombia, a UN-SPIDER Regional Support Office, is organizing the 7th International Geomatic Week 2017. On this occasion, the event will be held from August 14 to 18, 2017 in the city of Bogotá, D.C., Colombia. This year the International Geomatic Week is focused on "Information technologies for the environmental and productive consolidation of...
  • International Conference on International Cooperation Towards Low-Emission and Resilient Societies
    Applications open for United Nations/Germany International Conference on International Cooperation Towards Low-Emission and Resilient Societies, 22-24 November, Bonn Wed Jul 5 2017
    Disaster risk reduction and combating climate change and its effects are integral parts of social and economic development, and are essential if development is to be sustainable for the future. This is recognized by the Sustainable Development Goals that were launched in September 2015. The United Nations has recognized the potential of space technology for socio-economic development through...
  • Report on Mapping Multiple Climate-related Hazards in South Asia
    New research report suggests methods for mapping multiple climate hazard risks in South Asia Tue Jul 4 2017
    Countries experience multiple climate-related risks that vary spatially and in time, with the combined impact of such risks carrying severe consequences for the population. A new collaborative research study by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), the United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH) and the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change...
  • Basey, Samar province in the Philippines after Typhoon Yolanda on November 8, 2013.
    Applications open for 7th Annual UN-SPIDER Beijing Conference, 23-25 October 2017 Wed Jun 28 2017
    The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs is pleased to announce the “United Nations International Conference on Space-based Technologies for Disaster Risk Reduction – Building Resilience Through Integrated Applications”. The Conference will take place in Beijing from 23 to 25 October 2017. The conference is organized by the UN-SPIDER Beijing Office and follows six conferences held since...
  • Atlas of the Human Planet 2017
    European Commission publishes Atlas of the Human Planet 2017 Thu Jun 15 2017
    The 2017 edition of the Atlas of the Human Planet by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre was presented during the 2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction meeting in Cancun, Mexico. It looks at the exposure of people and built-up areas for six major natural hazards, and its evolution over the last four decades. The natural hazards included in the Atlas are: earthquakes,...
  • UNOOSA 2016 Annual Report
    UNOOSA 2016 Annual Report published Fri Jun 9 2017
    The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) has published its 2016 Annual Report. The report provides an overview of the Office's activities in 2016, with a focus on international cooperation in the peaceful uses of outer space. It also highlights partnership agreements signed in 2016 and presents awareness-raising and capacity-building activities conducted, including those of the...
  • 60th session of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space
    The 60th session of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space Tue Jun 6 2017
    The 60th session of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space will take place in Vienna from 7-16 June 2017. COPUOS was set up by the General Assembly in 1959 to govern the exploration and use of space for the benefit of all humanity: for peace, security and development. The Committee has since been tasked with reviewing international cooperation in peaceful uses of outer space, studying...
  • UN-SPIDER Regional Support Offices meeting
    The 8th Annual Meeting of UN-SPIDER Regional Support Offices Commences in Vienna Tue Jun 6 2017
    UN-SPIDER is currently conducting its 8th annual Regional Support Offices (RSOs) meeting at the United Nations Offices in Vienna (UNOV). The meeting, which runs from 6-8 June, brings together representatives from participating RSOs and additional supporters of the programme. The RSO network continues to be a  strong pillar within the UN-SPIDER programme, as RSOs contribute to UN-SPIDER activities...
  • UN-SPIDER Regional Expert Meeting for LAC, El Salvador, 2014
    UN-SPIDER Regional Expert Meeting for LAC in Mexico, 11 – 13 July 2017 Thu Jun 1 2017
    The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs, through its UN-SPIDER progamme, and the Mexican Space Agency (AEM) are joining forces to conduct the upcoming Regional Expert Meeting entitled Enhancing the use of Space based information in Multi-Hazard Early Warning Systems. The Regional Expert Meeting is conducted with the support of Mexico’s National Centre for Disaster Prevention (CENAPRED)...
  • Kelani river during floods in Sri Lanka, May 2017
    International Charter activated for floods in Sri Lanka Tue May 30 2017
    Due to the heavy monsoon rains that have plagued Sri Lanka over the past week, severe flooding and mudslides in the Western and Southern regions have claimed at least 188 lives, displacing a further 112,000 and directly affecting more than 500,000 according to the estimates of Disaster Management Centre of Sri Lanka (DMC). The International Disaster Charter was activated on 26 May 2017 by the...

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