UNOOSA / UN-SPIDER
The Regional Support Offices Meeting 2023 was conducted and organised by UN-SPIDER at the premises of the VIC in Vienna. It was held back-to-back with the 66th Session of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS).
The UN-SPIDER programme currently has 27 Regional Support Offices (RSOs). These RSOs are engaged in supporting activities of UN-SPIDER such as technical advisory support, rapid mapping during emergency response, preparing specific publications and contents for the knowledge portal and contributing to the workshop and conferences.
Every year, UN-SPIDER organizes a meeting with the RSOs to discuss the progress and new activities.
At this year’s meeting, 10 RSOs joined the meeting in person, while 5 participated online. 2 candidates to become an RSO joined the meeting in person as guests.
The UN-SPIDER offices used this opportunity to present on recent and planned future activities, outline current challenges due to the program's limited resources, and encourage further participation and contribution of the RSO network. The RSOs presented on current projects and applications, and shared information with the network.
This was supported by discussions that were used proactively to exchange ideas about collaboration.