The International Civil Defence Organization (ICDO) conducted its 19th General Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland, on 1 – 2 November 2010. Congregating 50 Member States mainly from Africa and Asia, and 16 countries as Observers, the General Assembly offers an opportunity for Member States to exchange impressions regarding advances in activities related to civil protection and to explore synergies to increase the capacity of its Member States and other countries in the area of civil defence.
From 3 to 7 May 2010 UN-SPIDER staff participated in the “Workshop on Space-technology Applications in Disaster Risk Reduction” jointly hosted by the Ministry of Civil Affairs, P.R.C. and the International Civil Defence Organization (ICDO) and organized by the National Disaster Reduction Center of China (NDRCC ) in Beijing. The workshop provided an opportunity for UN-SPIDER to contribute a technical presentation and introduce UN-SPIDER to the participants.