The Director of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), Ms Simonetta Di Pippo, and UN-SPIDER Coordinator Luc St-Pierre, visited the Ministry of Interior of the United Arab Emirates on 12 and 13 January 2015 to increase cooperation on technical capacity building on the use of space technologies for disaster risk reduction. The use of space technologies for disaster risk reduction is imperative for a country such as the Emirates.
On 16 October, Luc St-Pierre, Coordinator of UN-SPIDER, presented via teleconference the 2014 report of activities of UNOOSA in support to the International Charter: Space and Major Disaster (International Charter) during the Charter Board Meeting in Incheon, Republic of Korea. The report highlighted the actions taken by UNOOSA and UN-SPIDER in promoting the Charter's Universal Access initiative, started in September 2012.
UN-SPIDER’s Senior Programme Coordinator, Mr Luc St-Pierre, addressed the attending delegations of the 57th session of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) on 12 June 2014 in a technical presentation.
UN-SPIDER visited the office of the Asia-Pacific Space Cooperation Organization (APSCO) in Beijing, China on 13 March 2014 to discuss further joint activities in 2014.
The Asia-Pacific Space Cooperation Organization (APSCO) is an inter-governmental organisation aimed at promoting and strengthening the collaboration on space programmes and technologies among its Asian Member States. APSCO and UN-SPIDER have been cooperating closely since UN-SPIDER opened its office in Beijing in 2010.
In parallel to the United Nations/Indonesia International Conference on Integrated Space Technology Applications to
UN-SPIDER organized a one-day stakeholder meeting in Jakarta, Indonesia, on 3 September 2013. The stakeholders meeting, which was part of UN-SPIDER Technical Advisory Support (TAS) efforts, focused on the utilization of space-based information for disaster risk management.
Indonesia: Stakeholder Meeting for disaster mitigation
Expert Missions (EM) have a short-term and exploratory character. As opposed to Technical Advisory Missions (TAM) which are inter-institutional in nature, an EM usually consists of one UN-SPIDER expert meeting with representatives of one or more institutions. EMs can range from a singular meeting to a several day consultation to discuss specific topics. Usually EMs serve to explore the possibilities to conduct a TAM, but they can also be carried out as a follow-up activity to a TAM.
At the request of the Government of Mozambique, through the National Institute of Disaster Management (INGC), UN-SPIDER carried out a Technical Advisory Mission (TAM) from 7 to 14 October 2012 to evaluate the current and potential use of in all the aspects of disaster management and strengthen disaster risk management in the country by providing better access to space-based information for disaster risk reduction as well as
From 29 July to 2 August 2012, UN-SPIDER conducted a Technical Advisory Mission to Cape Verde supported by the generous contributions of the Government of Austria. Upon the invitation of the Serviço Nacional de Protecção Civil (SNPC) a diverse and outstanding mission team of 12 experts from the disaster management and space technology community, academia as well as crowdsourcing experts visited Cape Verde.
With the May 2012 issue of the UN-SPIDER Newsletter, we are introducing a new approach to UN-SPIDER Newsletters. Instead of just summing up recent activities, we present to you in each issue specific thematic areas within the framework of our activities.