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The United Nations International Conference on Space-based Technologies for Disaster Risk Reduction-“Building Resilience through Integrated Applications” Opened in Beijing

from: time: 2017-10-25 10:10

On October 23, 2017, the United Nations International Conference on Space-based Technologies for Disaster Risk Reduction-“Building Resilience through Integrated Applications” co-organized by the Ministry of Civil Affairs of China and the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) was opened in Beijing. Nearly 100 representatives and experts from 8 international and regional organizations and 20 countries, including China, the United Kingdom and Italy etc, attended the meeting. Representatives from Department of Treaty and Law of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China, Department of Systems Engineering of China National Space Administration, United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs and Asia Pacific Space Cooperation Organization were present at the opening ceremony. Mr. PANG Chenmin, Executive Deputy Director-General of Office of China National Commission for Disaster Reduction, Director General of Disaster Relief Department and National Disaster Reduction Center of Ministry of Civil Affairs of China addressed the opening ceremony, which was moderated by Ms. CHAI Mei, Deputy Director General of International Cooperation Department of Ministry of Civil Affairs of China. 

As an important outcome of joint cooperation between Chinese government and UNOOSA in space-based technology application in disaster prevention and reduction, the United Nations Platform for Space-based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response (UN-SPIDER) Beijing Office has held annual conference in Beijing in 6 consecutive years since 2011. This year marks the 7th UN-SPIDER Beijing Conference and it is mandated to facilitate extensive discussion in building DRR resilience in application of diversified space data and information for the development of international communication and cooperation in the field of space-based technology application in disaster risk reduction.

This year’s conference set up 5 sessions: Session 1 Policy and institutional arrangements for integrating ‘space’ in DRR decision-making; Session 2 Integration of space and in-situ data for disaster risk reduction; Session 3 Technology integration for disaster risk assessment and emergency response; Session 4 Integrated applications of Earth observation, global navigation satellite system and telecommunication constellations for disaster risk reduction and climate change related extreme hazards; and Session 5 Networking and engagement with the UN-SPIDER network. It also included 6 parallel sessions, respectively “Policy integration and institutional arrangements at national level for leveraging potential of ‘space’ in DRR decision making”, “Space in national, regional and international institutions and frameworks contributing to DRR decision making”, “Trends in access and availability of space and in-situ data”, “Best practices in data integration for disaster risk reduction”, “Advances in risk assessment methods, tools and systems” and “Integrated emergency response tools/systems”.

During the conference, Mr. PANG Chenmin, Executive Deputy Director of Office of China National Commission for Disaster Reduction, Director General of Disaster Relief Department and National Disaster Reduction Center of China of the Ministry of Civil Affairs and Mr. Luc St-Pierre, Space Applications Section Chief of UNOOSA exchanged the signed agreement on behalf of the Ministry of Civil Affairs of China and the United Nations.

The conference is expected to further make play of UN-SPIDER Beijing Office as a platform, promote integration of DRR data and technological application, build disaster risk assessment and emergency response capacity and contribute to international communication and cooperation in space-based technology application in disaster risk reduction.