International Charter: Project Manager training in Frascati

The International Charter provides satellite images for disaster situation
The International Charter provides satellite images for disaster situation - such as the floods in Germany in June 2013
Credits: International Charter/DLR

UNOOSA/UN-SPIDER participated as a trainee and observer in the Project Manager (PM) training for the International Charter Space and Major Disasters. The two day training course on 27 and 28 June 2013 offered sessions on the objectives and processes of the Charter and others on the specific roles of Project Managers. Demonstration and simulation exercises allowed the trainees to learn the whole process of coordinating activation and of providing adequate products to end users and authorized users of the Charter.

UN-SPIDER's Regional Support Offices in Algeria, Hungary, Iran and Romania as well as the regional centre ICIMOD also participated in the training. OOSA is a partner of the International Charter and is committed to promote and facilitate the implementation of its Universal Access Initiative.

The Project Managers play an important role in the Charter's internal processes. In the case of an activation, he coordinates the call from request to delivery by liaising the the On-Call Officer, the requesting user and the providers.