[SDI-Africa] Invitation for planned UN-SPIDER outreach activities

Kate Lance klance_remote at yahoo.com
Thu Aug 16 03:29:32 EDT 2007


>From UNSPIDER mailing list


Invitation to contribute, attend and participate in the planned UN-SPIDER
Outreach Activities (Workshops and Expert Meetings)

In  its  resolution  61/110  of 14 December 2006 the United Nations General
Assembly  agreed  to establish the “United Nations Platform for Space-based
Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response – UN-SPIDER”, as
a  new  programme  of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs, to
provide  universal  access  to all countries and all relevant international
and  regional  organizations  to  all  types of space-based information and
services  relevant  to  disaster  management  to  support the full disaster
management  cycle  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, in particular for developing countries.

Within  its plan of work, UN-SPIDER is organizing a series of workshops and
expert  meeting  bringing  together experts and relevant professionals from
around  the  world  with  the  aim  of  discussing  and  shaping the future
activities of this new programme. We have already sent out the announcement
of the first workshop which will be held in Bonn, Germany. The deadline for
sending  in  your  application  to  be  considered for the Bonn workshop is
Monday,  27  August  2007.  We  would  also like to make you aware of other
workshops  and  meetings also planned and we hope that your organisation or
institution  would  consider participating and contributing to at least one
of  the  planned  events.  The  latest information and materials related to
these        activities        are        available        online        at
http://www.unoosa.org/oosa/en/unspider/workshops.html.

1.)   United   Nations   International   UN-SPIDER  Workshop:  “Space-based
Information  and  Solutions for Disaster Management and Emergency Response”
(Bonn, Germany, 29 to 31 October 2007).

Participation is limited to 80 persons.

Focus:  Identification  of  relevant  space-based  information for Disaster
Management Support and Emergency Response; Definition of a Knowledge Portal
to  ensure  that relevant information is easily accessible and disseminated
to  all  interested  end-users;  Identification  of  existing  and  planned
Communities   of   Practice   that  contribute  to  bringing  together  the
space-based  technology and disaster management communities; Discussion and
definition of a knowledge management and transfer framework; GEOSS Capacity
Building Task CB-07-02 - Knowledge Sharing for Improved Disaster Management
and   Emergency  Response,  and;  Harmonisation  of  the  various  existing
initiatives  that  are  contributing to helping developing countries access
and use space-based technologies for disaster management and risk reduction

2.)  4th  UN-wide  Meeting  on  the Use of Space Technologies for Emergency
Response and Humanitarian Assistance (27 November 2007, Bangkok, Thailand -
back-to-back  with  the  8th UNGIWG meeting 28 – 30 November 2007, Bangkok,
Thailand).

Participation  is  limited  to representatives from United Nations agencies
and  from  organisations and institutions interested in contributing to the
work  of  the  United  Nations  in  the area of space-based information for
disaster  management,  emergency response and humanitarian assistance. This
meeting is being organised together with UNESCAP.

3.)  United  Nations/China  Regional  UN-SPIDER  Workshop:  “Building  Upon
Regional  Space-based  Solutions  for  Disaster  Management  and  Emergency
Response” (03-06 December 2007, Guangzhou, China).

Participation is limited to 40 persons.

Focus:  Presentation of the current status of space technology for disaster
management  and emergency response within the region; Discuss the UN-SPIDER
awareness  raising  strategy  proposal  building  upon  examples of similar
successful strategies carried out by other organisations within the region;
Discuss   the   development   of  country  profiles,  user  input  for  the
establishment  of  a UN-SPIDER Knowledge Portal and capacity building needs
in  the  region;  Define  ways  and  means  of efficiently coordinating and
interacting  with National Focal Points and the Network of Regional Support
Offices;  Reflect  on  the  best  concepts  for  delivering support to both
national  activities  and  to national planning and policies, that consider
the  use of space-based technologies, and; Review and discuss activities to
be carried out by National Focal Points with the support from UN-SPIDER and
the Network of Regional Support Offices.

4.)  United  Nations/Sudan  International  UN-SPIDER Workshop: “Space-based
Solutions  for  Disaster Management and Emergency Response” (09-12 December
2007, Khartoum, Sudan).

Participation  is  limited  to 100 persons, except the first day which will
have a total of 250 participants.

Focus:  Presentation of the current status of space technology for disaster
management and emergency response within the region; Special session on the
use   of   space-based   technologies  and  solutions  to  support  complex
emergencies;   Define  ways  and  means  of  efficiently  coordinating  and
interacting  with National Focal Points and the Network of Regional Support
Offices;  Reflect  on  the  best  concepts  for  delivering support to both
national  activities  and  to national planning and policies, that consider
the  use  of  space-based technologies; Review and discuss activities to be
carried  out  by  National Focal Points with the support from UN-SPIDER and
the Network of Regional Support Offices; Discuss the development of country
profiles,  user input for the establishment of a UN-SPIDER Knowledge Portal
and  capacity  building  needs in the region, and; Discussion and update of
“The  Khartoum  Vision:  a  Vision  for Building Partnerships in the Use of
Space Technologies”.

5.)  United Nations/Austria UN-SPIDER Workshop: Network of Regional Support
Offices (07-09 February 2008, Salzburg, Austria).

Participation is limited to 40 persons.

Focus:  Bring  together  representatives of the Network of Regional Support
Offices  to  discuss  and  coordinate  the  implementation of the UN-SPIDER
activities for 2008-2009.

Should  you  need  any  additional  information,  please do not hesitate to
contact       Mr.       Georg      Magerl      (Tel:      +43-1-26060-4472,
georg.magerl at unvienna.org).  UN-SPIDER is looking forward to seeing you at 
one or more of these activities.


       
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