International Charter

International Charter Space and Major Disasters marks 20th anniversary

The International Charter Space and Major Disasters, a worldwide collaboration among space agencies through which satellite-derived information and products are made available to support disaster response efforts, is marking its 20th anniversary this year. Since starting operations on 1 November 2000, the Charter has been activated 680 times (as of 19 October 2020) to support disasters in 126 countries.

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Wed, 21/10/2020 - 18:40

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Participants discuss space technologies for disaster management in Africa at UN-SPIDER Bonn International Conference

UN-SPIDER Bonn International Conference. Image: DLR (CC-BY 3.0)

Over 100 participants from more than 20 countries discussed the use of space technologies in meeting the challenges posed by floods, droughts and other disasters across Africa at an international conference that took place from 6 to 8 November in Bonn, Germany.

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Fri, 08/11/2019 - 16:16

UN-SPIDER Updates April 2019

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Mon, 06/05/2019
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Dear readers,

We're glad to share with you the April 2019 UN-SPIDER Monthly Updates.

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UN-SPIDER Updates August 2018

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Fri, 14/09/2018
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UN-SPIDER at a glance

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International Charter activation for floods in Venezuela and India

Logo of the International Charter "Space and Major Disasters"

The International Charter “Space and Major Disasters” has been activated for floods in Venezuela on 15 August and in India on 16 August.

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Thu, 16/08/2018 - 12:13

International Charter activation for earthquake in Indonesia

Logo of the International Charter "Space and Major Disasters"

The International Charter “Space and Major Disasters” has been activated on 6 August after a 6.9 magnitude earthquake struck the island of Lombok, Indonesia.

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Tue, 07/08/2018 - 11:58

International Charter activation for flood in Somalia

Homes flooded after river Shabelle ran over in Belet Weyne Capital City of Hiran, Somalia. Image: Ahmed Qeys.

The International Charter Space and Major Disasters has been activated for flooding in Somalia on 7 May, caused by weeks of heavy rainfall.

The rainwater has caused the Shabelle and Juba rivers to run over and flood parts of HirShabelle, Jubbaland and South West state. As a result, more than 200,000 people had to be evacuated and emergency settlements are being built up for the victims. However, limited access to clean water might increase infections of water-borne diseases.

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Fri, 11/05/2018 - 09:46

International Charter activated for earthquake and eruption of Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii

Lava flows erupting from a fissure on 5/5/18. Image: US Geological Survey.

The International Charter Space and Major Disasters has been activated for an earthquake and eruption of the Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii, USA on Monday.

The volcano erupted on 4 May alongside a 6.9 magnitude earthquake, spraying lava up to 70 metres and causing the evacuation of 2000 individuals, in addition to the destruction of several buildings. Dangerous levels of toxic sulfur dioxide from the lava flows also present a hazard. Residents are urged not to return to hazardous areas until the risk has subsided.

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Fri, 11/05/2018 - 09:22

International Charter activated for Russian Federation flooding

Lake in Kachalinskaya, Volgogradskaya oblast Russia.

The International Charter Space and Major Disasters has been activated for flooding in the Volgogradskaya Oblast Region of the Russian Federation on 4 April, caused by vast amounts of melting snow causing river water levels to rise.

Local authorities requested the activation of the emergency response to evacuate over 359 residents from 31 inhabited areas and to provide relief.

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Thu, 05/04/2018 - 11:59

UNOOSA activation privileges for International Charter augmented to include national disaster risk management agencies

Hurricane Irma Haiti September 2017

The International Charter "Space and Major Disasters" has augmented the activation privileges of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA). Under the new arrangement, UNOOSA can request the activation of the Charter on behalf of national disaster risk management (DRM) organizations in the framework of the Universal Access Trial Initiative.

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Fri, 09/03/2018 - 16:34

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