What is UN-SPIDER?

About UN-SPIDER:

In its resolution 61/110 of 14 December 2006 the United Nations General Assembly agreed to establish the "United Nations Platform for Space-based information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response - UN-SPIDER" as a new United Nations programme, with the following mission statement: "Ensure that all countries and international and regional organizations have access to and develop the capacity to use all types of space-based information to support the full Disaster Management cycle".

A number of initiatives in recent years have contributed to making space technologies available for humanitarian aid and emergency response. Yet, UN-SPIDER is the first to focus on the need to ensure access to and use of such technologies during all phases of the disaster management cycle, including the risk reduction phase which is crucial to reduce losses of lives and property.

The UN-SPIDER programme is achieving this by focusing on being a gateway to space information for disaster management support, by serving as a bridge to connect the disaster management, risk management and space communities and by being a facilitator of capacity-building and institutional strengthening, in particular for developing countries. UN-SPIDER is being implemented as an open network of providers of space-based solutions to support disaster management activities. Besides Vienna (where UNOOSA is located), the programme also has an office in Bonn, Germany as well as an office in Beijing, China.

Please find below a list of relevant official documents. Reports in all six official UN languages are also available on the UNOOSA website.

Background documents
General Assembly Resolution 61/110 English Français Español Русский 中文 عربي
Report of the United Nations Secretary General 105/893 English Français Español Русский 中文 عربي
Workplans
UN-SPIDER Workplan 2014-2015 English
UN-SPIDER Workplan 2012-2013 English
UN-SPIDER Workplan 2010-2011 English
Activity reports
Report on UN-SPIDER Activities 2013 English Français Español Русский 中文 عربي
Report on UN-SPIDER Activities 2012 English Français Español Русский 中文 عربي
Report on UN-SPIDER Activities 2011 English Français Español Русский 中文 عربي
Report on UN-SPIDER Activities 2010 English Français Español Русский 中文 عربي
Report on UN-SPIDER Activities 2009 English Français Español Русский 中文 عربي
Report on UN-SPIDER Activities 2008 English Français Español Русский 中文 عربي
Report on UN-SPIDER Activities 2007 English Français Español Русский 中文 عربي
Reports on Technical Advisory Support
Report on UN-SPIDER Technical Advisory Support 2013 English Français Español Русский 中文 عربي
Report on UN-SPIDER Technical Advisory Support 2012 English Français Español Русский 中文 عربي
Report on UN-SPIDER Technical Advisory Support 2011 English Français Español Русский 中文 عربي
Report on UN-SPIDER Technical Advisory Support 2010 English Français Español Русский 中文 عربي
Reports on Outreach Activities
Report on UN-SPIDER Outreach Activities 2009 English Français Español Русский 中文 عربي
Report on UN-SPIDER Outreach Activities 2008 English Français Español Русский 中文 عربي
Report on UN-SPIDER Outreach Activities 2007 English Français Español Русский 中文 عربي
Conference and workshop reports
Report on the United Nations/Germany Expert Meeting on the Use of Space-based Information for Flood and Drought Risk Reduction (Bonn, 5-6 June 2014) English Français Español Русский 中文 عربي
Report on the United Nations International Conference on Space-based Technologies for Disaster Management: Disaster Risk Identification, Assessment and Monitoring (Beijing, 23-25 October 2013) English Français Español Русский 中文 عربي
Report on the United Nations/Germany Expert Meeting on the Use of Space-based Information in Early Warning Systems (Bonn, Germany, 25-26 June 2013) English Français Español Русский 中文 عربي
International Conference: Risk Assessment in the Context of Global Climate Change (Beijing, November 2012) English Français Español Русский 中文 عربي
International Expert Meeting: Crowdsource Mapping for Disaster Risk Management and Emergency Response (Vienna, December 2012) English
International Workshop: Strengthening Global Synergies through Knowledge Management, Portals and Networks (Bonn, April 2012) English Français Español Русский 中文 عربي
Reports on Regional Support Offices
Planned contributions of the UN-SPIDER Regional Support Offices in 2012-2013 English
Thematic reports
Space-based information for Crowdsource Mapping English Français Español Русский 中文 عربي
UN-SPIDER Capacity Building Strategy English Français Español Русский 中文 عربي