UN-SPIDER has two main networks: The Regional Support Offices and the National Focal Points. The Network section provides information and links regarding both networks.
The Regional Support Offices have been established to support UN-SPIDER in implementing technical assistance activities provided in their respective region. The Regional Support Office contribute to UN-SPIDER activities such as Technical Advisory Mission or training courses. They furthermore contribute relevant content to the UN-SPIDER Knowledge Portal. Currently, UN-SPIDER has 16 Regional Support Offices in Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, Europe and Africa.
The role of the National Focal Points is to work with UN-SPIDER to strengthen national policies and plans for disaster management and implement specific national activities that incorporate space-based technology to support disaster management solutions. They serve as contact points in their country on the topic of space-based information for disaster risk management and emergency response.
UNOOSA/UN-SPIDER and many partners from the Space, the Earth observations and the Civil Protection communities, and from the regional and international organizations have been working together since June 2014 as a way to spearhead efforts regarding the incorporation of the use of Earth Observations and Space-based applications in the post-2015 framework for disaster reduction, to be launched during the WCDRR next year.