Space Technologies for post-2015 development: New UN-SPIDER newsletter

A new UN-SPIDER newsletter is now available. The latest issue focuses on the use of Earth observation for the post-2015 sustainable development agenda. 2015 is a milestone year for the United Nations. Not only is the organization celebrating its 70 years of existence, the year is also the starting point for major agreements and frameworks that will shape global sustainable development in the years to come. Nations worldwide will jointly embark on new paths to end poverty, promote prosperity and well-being for all, protect the environment, address climate change and reduce disaster risks.

More specifically, the newsletter looks at space technologies for the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the new Paris climate change agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals to be launched in September of this year.

Furthermore, this issue features an interview with disaster risk reduction expert Pedro Basabe of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) and an editorial by UNOOSA director Simonetta Di Pippo and UN-SPIDER coordinator Luc St-Pierre.