United Nations International Conference on Space-based Technologies for Disaster Risk Reduction - "Building Resilience through Integrated Applications"

Event Organisers: 

United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs / UN-SPIDER and Ministry of Civil Affairs of the People's Republic of China

Co-organisers: 

China National Space Administration, Asia Pacific Space Cooperation Organisation, Regional Centre for Space Science and Technology Education for Asia and the Pacific, and World Bank

Venue Country: 

  • China

Venue City: 

Beijing

Venue: 

Grand Gongda Jianguo Hotel

Date: 

23/10/2017 to 25/10/2017

Registration Deadline: 

Monday, August 28, 2017

Language of event: 

English

Target Audience: 

Disaster managers, policy makers, providers of space technology solutions/tools/applications from governments, academia, research, NGO and corporate sector.

Description: 

The Office for Outer Space Affairs will host the 7th United Nations International Conference on "Space-based Technologies for Disaster Risk Reduction – Building Resilience through Integrated Applications Risk” in Beijing from 23 to 25 October 2017. The conference will be organised by the UN-SPIDER Beijing Office and follows six conferences held since 2011. Previous conferences covered the themes of “Best practices for risk reduction and rapid response mapping” in 2011, “Risk assessment in the context of global climate change” in 2012, “Disaster risk identification, assessment and monitoring” in 2013, “Multi-hazard disaster risk assessment” in 2014, “A consolidating role in the implementation of the Sendai Framework on Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030” in 2015 and “Understanding disaster risks” in 2016.

The conference will be held in the premises of Grand Gongda Jianguo Hotel Beijing, China, from 23 to 25 October 2017. The workshop is prepared in collaboration with the China National Space Administration, the Asia Pacific Space Cooperation Organisation, the Regional Centre for Space Science and Technology Education for Asia and the Pacific, and the World Bank.

This conference will offer a forum for disaster management communities and experts to strengthen their capabilities in using to identify, assess, monitor and respond to disaster risks and integrate space technology into long-term disaster risk management efforts.

Furthermore, the conference is expected to provide thoughts, ideas and help formulate programmes to achieve the following:

a. Combined and complementary use of space-based technologies and in-situ information in disaster risk reduction applications; to increase the understanding of disaster risk and its drivers;

b. Improved partnerships in the efforts to integrate use of space technologies in single and multi-hazard early warning systems, including those focusing on climate-influenced disasters such as floods and droughts;

c. Development of integrated applications of Earth observation, global navigation satellite system and telecommunication constellations for disaster risk reduction and climate change monitoring and mitigation/adaptation, promoting integrated development where relevant; and

d. Contribution in preparation of UNISPACE+50 which will contribute to the global frameworks namely, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 and the Paris Agreement stemming from COP21.

Due to funding constraints, the organisers will be able to offer support to a limited number of participants from Member States and organisations engaged in developing or intend to develop a partnership with UN-SPIDER. The support will defray the cost of travel (round-trip ticket – most economic fare – between the airport of international departure in their country of residence and Beijing) and/or room and board expenses during the duration of the event.

Please register online through following link: https://register.unoosa.org/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=88. For additional information on the conference regarding its sessions, expected outcomes, and other logistical issues please see the Information Note below.

An international training course on "Integration of Multisource Earth Observation Data for Disaster Damage Assessment” will be organised for 25 participants of the conference with the support of the Asia Pacific Space Cooperation Organisation, the National Disaster Reduction Centre of China and the Beihang University. The participants interested in attending this training programme may please convey their interest to Ms. Tong TANG through a separate mail (e-mail: tong.tang (at) unoosa.org).

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