Contribution of space-based information for low-emission and resilient societies: Role of un-Spider

Shirish Ravan, Luc St-Pierre, Simonetta Di Pippo

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The United Nations Platform for Space-based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response (UN-SPIDER), a programme administered by the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs, has focussed on assisting developing countries to use space-based information in the full disaster management cycle. While doing so, it has contributed to the “Hyogo Framework for Action 2005: Building the Resilience of Nations and Communities to Disasters� by engaging with the national disaster management agencies of United Nations Member States and other partners. Since the adoption of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 by Member States, UN-SPIDER has implemented concrete actions in collaboration with its network and in partnership with Member States. The services offered by UN-SPIDER include, but are not limited to, technical advisory services through technical advisory missions (TAM), capacity-building and fostering cooperation and knowledge management through the Knowledge Portal UN-SPIDER so far has conducted technical advisory missions in over 35 countries and provided unique recommendations to these countries covering the following areas: policy and coordination, data access, availability and sharing, capacity-building, and institutional and disaster risk reduction strengthening, early warning, preparedness and emergency response efforts. In the context of internationally agreed frameworks, in particular the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and the Paris Climate Change Agreement, the UN-SPIDER programme is preparing to offer an enhanced contribution in line with UNISPACE+50 and Space2030 agenda of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs. Of the 7 thematic priorities of UNISPACE+50, thematic priority 6 deals with International cooperation towards low-emission and resilient societies. In the context of this thematic priority, UN-SPIDER aims to achieve a major impact in four interdependent areas: disaster risk reduction, mitigation and adaptation to climate change, sustainable development, and resiliency of space-based systems. It will also contribute to the four pillars of the Space2030 agenda, namely space economy, space society, space accessibility and space diplomacy. UN-SPIDER is thus addressing challenges in international cooperation towards low-emission resilient societies and contributing to better addressing the common challenges of disaster risk reduction, climate change and sustainable development. At the same time, UN-SPIDER continues to provide services to Member States, by being a gateway to space information for disaster management support, serving as a bridge between the disaster management and space communities, and acting as a facilitator of capacity-building and institutional strengthening, in particular for developing countries.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalProceedings of the International Astronautical Congress, IAC
StatePublished - 2018
Event69th International Astronautical Congress: #InvolvingEveryone, IAC 2018 - Bremen, Germany
Duration: Oct 1 2018Oct 5 2018


  • Disaster
  • Earth observation
  • Emergency response
  • Risk reduction
  • Space2030 agenda
  • Sustainable development

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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