UNOOSA organizes Rio+20 side event

On 20-22 June 2012 world leaders, along with thousands of participants from governments, the private sector, NGOs and other groups, will come together to shape how we can reduce poverty, advance social equity and ensure environmental protection on an ever more crowded planet to get to the future we want at the Rio+20 Conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. UNOOSA will be organising the following side-event:

Tuesday 19 June 2012 - 17:15 - 18:45 NEW TIME
Meeting Room P3-3  NEW MEETING ROOM RioCentro - Rio de Janeiro

This side-event is being organised by the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) together with the Governments of Austria and Brazil.  The focus will be on space and its contributions that would lead to a convergence on the use of space based technologies for sustainable development and assist in identifying the next actions that would embrace Rio+20 outcomes. The event will consist of contributions from invited panellists, and will cover the areas of food, water, oceans and disasters as well as geospatial information.


Chair: Dr. Yasuchi Horikawa (Japan), Chairman of COPUOS 2012-2013
Moderator: Dr. Ade Abiodun (Nigeria)
Opening statement: H.E. Mr. Marco Raupp - Minister for Science, Technology and Innovation of Brazil
Panellists: Amb. Walther Lichem (Austria) - Dr. Carlos Nobre (Brazil) – Dr. Stephen Briggs (CEOS & ESA) -  Mr. Paul Larsen (World Food Programme - WFP) – Dr. Mario Lanfri (Argentina)
Venue: P3-3 NEW MEETING ROOM, RioCentro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Could you please share this revised announcement with your colleagues who will be going to Rio and also through your social network (facebook, linkedin, Google+, etc). This is a landmark side-event and a unique opportunity to discuss the incorporation of space-based technologies into sustainable development. A unique opportunity to ensure space-based technologies are part of the solution.

For further info please contact David Stevens e-mail: david.stevens [at]

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