United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs

United Nations Programme on Space Applications Activities Schedule: 2014

Title Date and place Objective
United Nations Expert Meeting on the International Space Station Benefits for Health 19-20 February 2014

Vienna, Austria
Focus on space-proven health applications for the benefit of underserved populations. Bridge space agencies and United Nations entities in order to identify needs and requirements of underserved regions and to look for space-proven technologies including human space technology developed for the International Space Station and facilitate potential collaboration for their implementation for the benefit of the world.
United Nations/Morocco International Conference on the Use of Space Technology for Water Management Jointly Organized by the United Nations, Morocco, ESA and Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water 1-4 April 2014

Rabat, Morocco
Discuss how space technology can contribute to better management of water resources, including combating desertification, ensuring access to safe drinking water and managing water-related emergencies in developing countries, with the following primary objectives: (i) enhance capabilities of countries on the use of space-related technologies, applications, services and information to identify and manage water resources; (ii) strengthen international and regional cooperation in this area; (iii) increase awareness among decision-makers and the research and academic community about space technology applications for addressing water-related issues, primarily in developing countries; and (iv) promote educational and public awareness initiatives in the area of water resources management as well as contribute to the capacity-building process in this area.
United Nations/Russian Federation Workshop on the Applications of Global Navigation Satellite Systems Rescheduled to 2015

Krasnoyarsk, Russian Federation
Address the use of the Russian Globalnaya navigatsionnaya sputnikovaya sistema (GLONASS) in combination with other global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) for transport and communication, aviation, surveying, the environment and disasters, high precision mobile applications as well as space weather effects on GNSS, and encourage greater cooperation in developing partnerships and GNSS networks in the framework of the regional reference frames.
United Nations/Austria Symposium on Space Science and the United Nations 22-24 September 2014

Graz, Austria
Bring together renowned space science experts covering the widest possible range of space science disciplines to discuss the role of space science in the United Nations and in particular in future activities of the United Nations Programme on Space Applications. Review past activities under the Basic Space Science Initiative and seek input on the topics and types of activities that could be undertaken under the framework of the Programme on Space Applications to promote international cooperation in space science.
United Nations/International Astronautical Federation Workshop on Space Technology for Socio-Economic Benefits 26-28 September 2014

Toronto, Canada
Discuss space technologies, applications, information and services that contribute to sustainable economic and social development programmes, with a primary focus on maritime applications and tele-health and tele-epidemiology; increase awareness among decision makers and representatives of the research and academic community of space technology applications for addressing economic development; examine low-cost space-related technologies and information resources in the above thematic areas available for addressing economic development needs in developing countries; promote educational and public awareness initiatives as well as contribute to the capacity-building process in these areas; and strengthen international and regional cooperation on the subjects.
United Nations/Ecuador Workshop on Space Technology for Sustainable Development in Mountain Regions of the Andean Countries Rescheduled to 2015

Quito, Ecuador
Discuss how space technology can contribute to sustainable development in mountain regions, with a particular focus on the Andean countries. The workshop aims to: (i) take stock of recent advances in the use of remote sensing and GNSS applications in agriculture in mountainous environments; track the state of unique ecosystems that only exist in mountainous regions of the world; and track changes in the morphology of mountains due to hazards such as landslides, mass movements and changes in land-cover related to agriculture and mining practices; (ii) strengthen international and regional cooperation on the use of space technology to promote sustainable development in mountain regions (iii) increase awareness among decision-makers on the role that mountain regions play in sustainable development; and (iv) promote educational and public awareness initiatives in the area of mountain regions.
United Nations/Mexico Symposium on Basic Space Technology: "Making Space Technology Accessible and Affordable" 20-23 October 2014

Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico
Discuss opportunities, challenges and means of capacity-building and international cooperation in space technology development, in particular, as related to small satellite activities with a focus on the needs of countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.
United Nations/China Workshop on Space Law November 2014

Beijing, China
Promote understanding, acceptance and the implementation of the United Nations treaties and principles on outer space; promote an exchange of information on national space legislation and policies and consider trends in and challenges to international space law. The Workshop will also address regulatory and institutional aspects of the use of space-derived geospatial data for sustainable development, in particular, in the field of disaster risk reduction and disaster management.

United Nations/International Centre for Theoretical Physics Workshop on the Use of Global Navigation Satellite Systems for Scientific Application

1-5 December 2014

Trieste, Italy
Discuss state-of-the-art applications with emphasis on the scientific exploration of the Earth's environment using global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) and review on-going and planned initiatives as well as new research programmes utilizing GNSS ground- and space-based measurements to observe ionospheric and space weather phenomena particularly in developing countries.

Past activities: Year 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009. 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003. 2002

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