UN-SPIDER Updates April 2020

Dear readers,

We're glad to share with you the April 2020 UN-SPIDER Monthly Updates, and would like to make you aware of an upcoming webinar on space applications to support global health, including to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

The "Space4Health" webinar will be hosted by the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) on 14 May at 10-11.30am and 4-5.30pm Vienna, Austria time (UTC+2). Further details and information about how to register are available on the UNOOSA website.

In case you are interested in learning more about how space applications help address the COVID-19 outbreak, make sure to visit the repository of examples that we have created on our Knowledge Portal. You can submit other examples to us for inclusion on the page using this form.

Enjoy the read!

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Monday, May 11, 2020
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