On Sunday, 15 March 2015, UNOOSA/UN-SPIDER co-organized a public forum on the sidelines of the Third UN World Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR). The forum themed "Enhancing Disaster Resilience by Fusion of Simulation, Sensing and Geospatial Information" focused on enhancing society's resilience towards future catastrophic disaster by providing the possible and severe disaster scenarios and leading actions of citizens. It provided an opportunity to share the advances of disaster management system by fusion of simulation, sensing and geo-informatics, and to discuss its utilization and future perspectives. Additionally to UN-SPIDER, co-organizers of the forum included IRIDeS of Tohoku University, the German Aerospace Center DLR, and UN-SPIDER's Regional Support ADRC (Asian Disaster Reduction Center).
UNOOSA's director Simonetta Di Pippo and UN-SPIDER's expert Joachim Post made presentations in this session highlighting the role of Earth observation for disaster risk reduction and shed light on UNOOSA/UN-SPIDER activities. The side event was conducted in the Multi Media Hall of Tohoku University.