Disaster Risk

United Nations International Conference on Space-based Technologies for Disaster Management - “A consolidating role in the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction: 2015-2030”

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The UN-SPIDER Beijing Office successfully conducted the “United Nations International Conference on Space-based Technologies for Disaster Management - “A consolidating role in the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction: 2015-2030”, from 14 to 16 September 2015. (read related news article)






14/09/2015 to 16/09/2015

Registration Deadline: 

Sun, 19/07/2015


Grand Gongda Jianguo Hotel

Venue City: 


Venue Country: 

  • China

Event Organisers: 

United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and the Ministry of Civil Affairs of the People’s Republic of China


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GFDRR and DFID: Challenge Fund to improve disaster risks assessment

Global Digital Elevation Model produced by ASTER (Image: NASA)

The Challenge Fund has been launched to help developing countries use risk information for decision-making and improve assessing disaster risks.  

Publishing Date: 

Thu, 26/03/2015 - 11:05

INFORM: New data tool for disaster risk management launched

The Earth seen from GOES Satellite on 19 December 2011

INFORM, a global, open-source risk assessment tool has been launched by the European Commission and the Inter-Agency Standing Committee, a forum for coordinating humanitarian assistance between UN and non-UN partners, to identify possible humanitarian crises requiring international assistance.

INFORM will provide easily accessible and specific data on the potential risk of humanitarian crises and disasters, enabling governments and international response agencies to act on the basis of actual risk, to define accurate preparedness levels and to monitor risk trends.

Publishing Date: 

Fri, 02/01/2015 - 08:36

ESA and the Asian Development Bank to employ Earth observation data for sustainable development

Earth observation image for agriculture and rural development applications

In October 2014 a new cooperative project between ESA and the Asian Development Bank (ADB), called Earth Observation for a Transforming Asia Pacific (EOTAP), was launched.

The enterprise seeks to advance satellite Earth observation capabilities through a wide range of development projects in Asia and the Pacific.

In particular, the EOTAP initiative includes twelve projects related to the use of satellite data for sustainable growth. The final results will be assessed in the autumn of next year.


Publishing Date: 

Thu, 18/12/2014 - 12:14

Apply now: UN/Germany International Conference on Earth Observation on 26-28 May 2015


Short title: 

UN/Germany Conference 26-28 May 2015 in Bonn


UN-SPIDER attended Second Prepcom for WCDRR

Two representatives of UN-SPIDER attended the second Preparatory Committee meeting (PrepCom2) related to the Third United Nations World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR), scheduled to take place in March 2015 in Sendai, Japan. PrepCom2 took place on 17 and 18 November in Geneva and served to approve the Conference programme of work and develop the draft post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction.


Publishing Date: 

Mon, 17/11/2014 - 12:04

World Risk Report 2014 published

The 2014 World Risk Report (WRR 2014) recently published by the United Nations University EHS Institute and the Alliance Development Works systematically considers a country’s vulnerability, and its exposure to natural hazards to determine a ranking of countries around the world based on their disaster risk.

Publishing Date: 

Tue, 21/10/2014 - 14:37

UN-SPIDER works with partners on Earth observation for disaster risk reduction

UN-SPIDER and its partners aim to make the disaster risk reduction community aware of the potential of satellite technologies

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 (HFA-2), to be launched during the Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR) in Sendai, Japan next year.


Publishing Date: 

Tue, 14/10/2014 - 08:56

Japan: High resolution satellite Himawari-8 launched

Himawari-8 was launched on 7 October 2014 from Tanegashima Space Centre

On 7 October 2014 the Japan Meteorological Agency announced the successful launch of the geostationary meteorological satellite “Himawari-8” from the Tanegashima Space Centre in Kagoshima, Japan.


Publishing Date: 

Thu, 09/10/2014 - 09:43

Disaster Risk Reduction: On the way to WCDRR

The upcoming Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR) in Sendai, Japan, in March 2015 is expected to bring together more than 6,000 stakeholders from government agencies, international and regional organizations, the private sector, civil society and non-government agencies. Its main outcome is expected to be a post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction (Hyogo Framework for Action 2 - HFA-2).


Publishing Date: 

Thu, 02/10/2014 - 12:05


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