UN-SPIDER attended the RCMRD 7th Conference of Ministers

UNOOSA/UN-SPIDER was invited to attend the RCMRD 7th Conference of Ministers in Cape Town, South Africa, from 22nd to 23rd November 2010. The Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD) is an intergovernmental organization with 15 contracting members States from Eastern and Southern African region. The conference of ministers reviewed annual reports, the recent 2007-2010 Strategic Plan as well as approved a new Strategic Plan (2011-2014). Development partners and stakeholders were invited to attend the meeting and discuss on issues and future plans to strengthen partnership with the Centre. UN-SPIDER senior expert Dr. Joerg Szarzynski presented the activities of the office with specific focus on Africa to the attending group of ministers and delegates from 15 countries. The solid collaboration between RCMRD and UNOOSA/UN-SPIDER is already looking back on a number of successful joint activities such as the response to the flood in Kenya in May 2010 in frame of the activation of the International Charter Space and Major Disasters. Additionally, an official cooperation agreement was signed on the occasion of the Regional Workshop – “Building Upon Regional Space-based Solutions for Disaster Management and Emergency Response for Africa” in Addis Ababa on Wednesday, 7 July 2010.