The United Nations/Germany International Conference on International Cooperation Towards Low-Emission and Resilient Societies took place from 22 to 24 November 2017 at the UN Campus in Bonn, Germany.

The Bonn Declaration, adopted at the event, can be accessed here.


Global Partnership on Space Technology Applications for Disaster Risk Reduction (GP STAR) is a global partnership that was launched at the third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai in 2015. It is committed to fostering better and more integrated use of space-based technologies in disaster risk reduction efforts around the world. The partnership conducted its first meeting in Bonn, Germany from 25 to 28 May 2015.

The International Expert Meeting in December 2016 built upon the efforts carried out to contribute to the implementation of the Sendai framework. It provided decision-makers from the disaster management community with guidance on the use of space technology applications in combination with local, in-situ data for better disaster-risk visualisation. The meeting also promoted the use of Earth Observation to track and identify ways to manage climate-related extreme events, e.g. floods, storms or droughts.... read more

Note: The call for Submissions will close on 21th of March! You can submit a presentation, a scientific paper, a poster, a map or a workshop (see below and  conference website).

FOSS4G represents the global gathering of the Open Source Geospatial community with a deep focus on free and open source geospatial solutions under the auspices of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation - OSGeo. FOSS4G brings together developers, users, policy- and decision-makers, business representatives from a broad spectrum of organizations and professional geo-related fields.

This year’s FOSS4G theme, “Building bridges”, will bring together all geospatial users, developers and supporters, from professionals to absolute beginners, from business representatives to university teachers, from non-profit organizations to public institutions representatives. Furthermore, this year, FOSS4G will build... read more

Note: Deadline for abstract submission has been extended. New deadline is 15th February 2016.

You can submit your abstract here: If ou would like to be considered for the session organized by UN-SPIDER, make sure to check "Disaster management" as the applicaion field in your submission. The session will focus on Earth observation applications for the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030.


EARSeL is a scientific network of European remote sensing laboratories, coming from both academia and the commercial/industrial sector, which covers all fields of geoinformation and earth observation through remote sensing. All scientists, professionals and researchers involved or interested in the field of the symposium are strongly encouraged to present papers according to the... read more

Over 80% of economic disaster losses are attributed to weather-related events. Given that climate change is likely affecting the frequency and intensity of such events there is a need to improve the knowledge, understanding and data on climate impacts for establishing an appropriate disaster risk management as part of climate change adaptation.
This international workshop in the aftermath of the COP21 negotiations in Paris brings together scientists from various disciplines as well as practitioners from insurances, infrastructure and political institutions.
The overall aim is to discuss:
- Existing datasets on observed impacts and losses... read more

Participating Organizations: Bonn International Centre for Conversion (BICC), DigitalGlobe (DG), DG/Tomnod (via webconference), DIFD (via webconference) (UK), DLR (Germany), EC‐GROW Copernicus, EC‐JRC (via webconference), Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT/OSM), ImageCat, ITHACA (Italy), NDRCC (China), Pacific Disaster Center (PDC) (US), University of Bonn, UNOOSA/ UN-SPIDER, USGS (via webconference) (US)


Meeting Summary

The 2015 spring meeting was the second IWG-SEM meeting, which was organized as a combination of a physical and web-based conference. 23 participants joined the meeting in person or via web-video-conference.

The agenda included a review and lessons learned of the Nepal earthquake, collaborative mapping, the issuing of the IWG-SEM Emergency Mapping Guidelines 2.0 and the earthquake chapter, and the IWG-SEM GeoRSS.

The detailed meeting outcomes as well as the slides of the presentations are available... read more


2015 will be a decisive year for the international community paving the way for sustainable development worldwide. Three important processes led by the United Nations are underway leading to three agreements expected for 2015: the Post 2015 Framework on Disaster Risk Reduction (March 2015), the Sustainable Development Goals (September 2015), and the new Climate Change Agreement (December 2015). Geoinformation and especially Earth Observation provide indispensable data to support informed decision making at local, national, regional and global level to reduce disaster risks, improve adaptation to climate change, prepare better for unavoidable losses and damages, and deliver on the promise of sustainable development.

The United Nations/Germany International Conference on Earth Observation – Global solutions for the challenges of... read more

The 36th International Symposium on Remote Sensing of Environment (ISRSE), will take place on May 11-15, 2015 in Berlin, Germany. This 36th Symposium will represent a major event in the long series of internationally recognised ISRSE meetings.

The overall theme of the symposium is the use of Earth observation systems and related remote sensing techniques for understanding and managing the Earth environment and resources.

ISRSE-36 takes place at a significant moment: The process to define the UN global development agenda post 2015 with its Sustainability Development Goals will be finalised in 2015. The Future Earth initiative has been created as a global platform to deliver solution-orientated research for sustainability. Among its key challenges are innovative approaches to integrate knowledge systems (data, observation, modelling, etc.), including remote sensing of the environment.

Joint workshop of the Global Climate Observing System (GCOS), the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the UNFCCC Secretariat, on 'Enhancing Observations to Support Preparedness and Adaptation in a Changing Climate - Learning from the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report.

This international interdisciplinary CODATA workshop on Risk Information Management, Risk Models, and Applications will enable sharing of best practices as well as giving space for discussing methodological problems in risk modeling from the information systems point of view for all phases of the disaster cycle.

The following areas will be of central interest for the workshop:

risk information management, risk information models; risk databases, risk information interoperability,standards development; risk information processes modelling and applications, services and service composition; natural,technical, chemical risks from local to international level; risk information system structure, components; risk-related databases; risk and multi-risk cartographic issues; risk and risk-model change in time and space; risk modeling issues for infrastructure (e.g. factories, railways, highways, pipelines, maritime traffic etc.); disaster management and emergency preparedness... read more

Satellite observations are a key element in an integrated and sustained climate observing system and have been critically important for monitoring and understanding the Earth’s climate system during the past several decades. The expected completion of the IPCC Fifth Assessment (AR5) in 2013-2014 makes it timely to discuss these achievements, to assess future opportunities and challenges with satellite derived climate information, and to provide guidance on future priorities.

The symposium will be an important step towards defining requirements, and the further development of an efficient and sustained international space-based Earth observing system. This symposium is intended to bring together the international experts in climate observations, research, analysis and modelling to present and discuss results from their studies, with a particular emphasis on the role of space-based Earth observations in improving our knowledge of the current climate at global and regional... read more

The Munich Satellite Navigation Summit 2015 will be held in the famous “Residenz München”, Germany March 24 - 26, 2015. It has been established as the European and International conference with global impact featuring invited high-ranking worldwide speakers from industry, science and governments dealing with the directions of satellite navigation now and in the future.

The Summit starts on March 24, 2015 with the Exhibition Opening and Champagne Reception at 16.30 hrs. The technical programme of the conference starts with the Opening Plenary Panel at 17.15 hrs. Afterwards the Bavarian State Reception in the famous ”Residenz München” is giving opportunities for networking.

The technical program of the Munich Satellite Navigation Summit includes plenary discussions among invited speakers and presents a concise update on the main activities in worldwide... read more

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