On the sidelines of the 56th session of the annual meeting of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS), UNOOSA and EMERCOM signed an agreement making EMERCOM UN-SPIDER's 16th Regional Support Office. EMERCOM is the Ministry of Russian Federation for Civil Deference, Emergencies and Elimination of Consequences of Natural Disasters.
The Russian Agency for Support and Coordination of Russian Participation in International Humanitarian Operations (EMERCOM) became a UN-SPIDER Regional Support Office on 19 June 2013 signing the agreement on the sidelines of the 56th session of COPUOS.
EMERCOM is the Ministry of the Russian Federation for Civil Defense, Emergencies and Elimination of Consequences of Natural Disasters established on 27 December 1990. Its main tasks include working-out and implementation of the state policy in the field of civil defence, protection of population and territories against emergencies, providing fire safety and also people safety on water bodies within the competence of Emergency Control Ministry of Russia.