SPEAR News and Advances

As part of the SPEAR project, UN-SPIDER and ZFL engage in a number of activities related to raising awareness about the benefits of space-based information for disaster management, developing Earth-observation-based knowledge products to be used by civil protection agencies and other relevant stakeholders, providing technical advisory support to African partners, fostering knowledge management and strengthening partnerships. This page provides an overview of these activities.



UN-SPIDER and the Central American Coordination Centre for Natural Disaster Prevention successfully concluded the UN-SPIDER / CEPREDENAC Regional Expert Meeting for Latin America:  Space-based solutions for disaster risk reduction and response.  The virtual expert meeting was carried out between 23 and 25 November 2021 and was attended by nearly 150 participants from many countries in Latin America, the United States and Europe.

The virtual expert meeting was structured in terms of plenary and technical sessions.  The meeting brought together experts and participants from national space agencies, disaster management agencies, academia, private companies, non-government,… Read more

The UN-SPIDER programme of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and the Centre for Remote Sensing of Land Surfaces (ZFL) of the University of Bonn successfully concluded the UN-SPIDER Bonn International Conference: “Space-based Solutions for Disaster Management in Africa: Networks and Information Technologies in times of crisis”.   The virtual conference brought together more than 130 experts and participants from African, Asian, and European institutions to take note of novel applications developed by the space community to contribute to disaster management efforts, and advances by African and European institutions on the use of satellite technologies in their activities.

The conference, held from 16 to 18 November, was opened by the Director of UNOOSA, Ms. Simonetta Di… Read more

The International Astronautical Federation (IAF) held its 72nd International Astronautical Congress in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.  The congress, hosted by the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Center (MBRSC), took place from 25 to 29 October 2021 and was held at the Dubai World Trade Centre. Like previous events, this congress included ceremonies, plenary events, technical and special sessions, highlight lectures, and other events.   Space agencies, private companies, and other stakeholders used the exhibition to present their achievements, ongoing efforts, and upcoming missions.

In addition, the congress was used by Airbus Defence and Space and UNOOSA to announce the winner of the free payload flight on the Bartolomeo platform developed and implemented by Airbus Defence and Space onboard the… Read more

Our planet is in peril. Communities around the world are feeling the impacts of climate change manifested in a variety of ways; our atmosphere, polar caps, and oceans are warming; and our frameworks of development are unfortunately having a severe impact on species and on the environment around the world. To address these challenges, in the year 2015, 193 countries launched the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.  But recent challenges like the COVID-19 pandemic, political turmoil in several countries, increasing poverty, and the slow pace in transforming to a greener economy are exacerbating the conditions of the people and the planet.

Recognizing the benefits of space technologies for the benefit of humankind, during its seventy-sixth session in October 2021, the United Nations General… Read more

As recognized in the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, and by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, international cooperation is essential to contribute to the efforts carried out in developing countries to achieve sustainable development. Since its establishment, UN-SPIDER recognized the usefulness of international cooperation and has established its network of Regional Support Offices around the world to provide technical advisory support to developing countries in Asia, Asia Pacific, Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean.  Through this international cooperation, national disaster management agencies and other stakeholders in developing countries are increasing their capacity to use space-based technologies to address the challenges posed by natural and technological hazards. Read more