United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs

International Charter Space and Major Disasters  

The International Charter "Space and Major Disasters" was initiated by the European Space Agency and the Centre national d'études spatiales of France as a result of their proposal during UNISPACE III (1999). Many more space agencies have since joined. The Charter aims to provide a unified system of space data acquisition and delivery of value-added products free of charge, through authorized users, to those affected by major disasters.

In 2003 the Office for Outer Space Affairs was accepted as a cooperating body to the Charter. Beginning on the 1st July 2003, the Office set up a 24/7 hotline through which United Nations agencies can request data through the Charter to respond to emergency situations.

Additional information on the Charter can be found on the Charter website.

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