Space Technologies for post-2015 development: New UN-SPIDER newsletter

A new UN-SPIDER newsletter is now available. The latest issue focuses on the use of Earth observation for the post-2015 sustainable development agenda. 2015 is a milestone year for the United Nations. Not only is the organization celebrating its 70 years of existence, the year is also the starting point for major agreements and frameworks that will shape global sustainable development in the years to come.


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Thu, 04/06/2015 - 08:34

Ecosystem based Disaster Risk Reduction - Space based and geospatial information to assess health of ecosystems

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Wed, 15/04/2015

This article, written by UN-SPIDER's Beijing Office Head of Office Dr. Shirish Ravan, highlights the importance of ecosystems in disaster risk reduction and climate change resilience. Space-based information, being a perfect tool for analysing the robustness of ecosystems, has a lot to contribute to the Post 2015 Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (Sendai Framework) and the Sustainable Development Goals currently being defined by the United Nations.


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New international framework for disaster risk reduction mentions importance of Space technologies

The new international framework for disaster risk reduction was agreed upon after 30 hours of negotiation in Sendai (Photo: Manny de Guzman)

After 30 hours of negotiations, the 187 Member States that attended the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR) in Sendai, Japan, agreed in the evening of 18 March (local time) on the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction, valid for the period 2015 to 2030. It contains seven targets and four priorities for action. The agreement on the text was announced by Conference President, Ms. Eriko Yamatani, Minister of State for Disaster Management.


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Wed, 18/03/2015 - 16:51

UN-SPIDER participates in 3rd High Level Forum of UN Committee of Experts on Geospatial Information

UN-SPIDER's expert Shirish Ravan spoke about space-based information

UN-SPIDER participated in the 3rd High Level Forum of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM). The forum took place in Beijing, China, from 22 to 24 October 2014 and focused on "Sustainable Development with Geospatial Information". The event was held in collaboration with the Government of China through its National Administration of Surveying, Mapping and Geoinformation (NASG).


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Mon, 27/10/2014 - 14:16

UN-Space: 34th UN Interagency Meeting on Outer Space Activities

The meeting included an open session for Member States and stakeholders

On 13 and 14 May 2014, United Nations agencies convened in New York for the 34th Interagency Meeting on Outer Space Activities (UN-Space). The meeting focused on the role of space-related activities in a context of the global development agenda.

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Wed, 21/05/2014 - 10:10

Post-2015 disaster risk reduction: The role of outer space

Satellites help to respond to disasters, emergencies and crisis.

In a recent article on their website, UNDRR, the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, highlights the discussions revolving around the role of space-based information for the post-2015 disaster risk reduction framework. The discussions had taken place during an interactive forum on 14 March 2013 in Geneva.


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Fri, 19/04/2013 - 10:45
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