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United Nations Platform for Space-based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response (UN-SPIDER)


 

Vulnerability to natural disasters is likely to increase globally as the impacts of climate change and land degradation processes continue to rise along with rapidly growing populations. Earthquakes, floods, storms, and other natural hazards cause massive disruption to societies and overburden national economic systems.

Considerable losses of life and property, however, could be avoided through better information about the risk and onset of disasters, improved risk assessment and early warning. In its resolution 61/110 of 14 December 2006, the United Nations General Assemby acknowledged that existing space technology, such as earth observation and meteorological satellites, communication and navigation satellites, can play a major role in supporting disaster-risk management and emergency response efforts by providing accurate and timely information for decisionmaking. Through this resolution, the General Assembly established the United Nations Platform for Space-based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response (UN-SPIDER), and mandated the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) to implement it. The programme aims at providing universal access to all types of space-based information and services relevant to disaster management by being a gateway to space information for disaster management support; serving as a bridge to connect the disaster management and space communities; and being a facilitator of capacity-building and institutional strengthening.

Unlike other recent initiatives where space-based information is used mainly for immediate humanitarian aid and emergency response, UN-SPIDER is providing support to civil protection agencies and regional organisations in all stages of the disaster management cycle, which will contribute significantly to reduce loss of lives and damage to property. UNSPIDER conducts its activities through staff at UNOOSA in Vienna, in the Office in Bonn, and in the Office in Beijing.

The mission of the UN-SPIDER Bonn Office is to make sure that all relevant information is easily accessible and disseminated to all stakeholders involved in disaster-risk management and emergency response, to establish communities of practice, to manage and transfer knowledge and to foster and strengthen strategic alliances and partnerships on a regional and global scale. The UN-SPIDER Bonn Office was established in October 2007 with support from the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi) and the German Aerospace Centre (DLR).

(Source: Common Information Unit of the UN Organizations in Bonn)


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Platz der Vereinten Nationen 1
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E-Mail: unspider@unoosa.org
e-mail address: mailto:unspider@unoosa.org
Internet: www.unspider.org
URL: http://www.unspider.org

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