United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs

United Nations Programme on Space Applications Activities Schedule: 2015

Title Date and place Objective
United Nations/Japan Workshop on Space Weather "Science and Data Products from ISWI Instruments"

2-6 March 2015

Fukuoka, Japan
To assess the status of space weather instruments (in-situ, space-borne), data access, availability, and collection and modeling efforts to advance space weather research and improve space weather forecasting. The workshop will aim to support the continued deployment of ground-based International Space Weather Initiative (ISWI) instrument arrays and data exploitation and to make efforts in space weather education, especially for students from developing nations. The workshop will also review international cooperation activities in addressing space weather-related issues such as possible further cooperation towards a truly global space-weather monitoring capability and identify opportunities for international cooperation in the standardization, sharing and wider, timely use of data for operational purposes.
United Nations/Russian Federation Workshop on the Applications of Global Navigation Satellite Systems

18-22 May 2015

Krasnoyarsk, Russian Federation
To 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, and high precision mobile applications. The workshop will also focus on 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/South Africa Symposium on Basic Space Technology  "Small satellite missions for scientific and technological advancement" 1-4 September 2015 

Cape Town, South Africa
To address the status of capacity-building in space technology development, in particular, as related to small satellite activities with a focus on Africa. It will consider opportunities for regional and international cooperation as well as legal and regulatory issues of space technology development, including the long-term sustainability of outer space activities.In particular this Symposium will also address the use of small satellite platforms for science missions.
United Nations/Austria Symposium on Integrated Space Technology Applications for Climate Change 7-10 September 2015 

Graz, Austria
To discuss ways in which countries affected by climate change can make better use of space applications to assess vulnerability to climate change; To identify potential alternatives in the context of mitigation and adaption to climate change; To improve synergies among space agencies and organizations targeting efforts on climate change; To strengthen international and regional cooperation in this area; To raise awareness on the recent advances in space-related technologies, services and information resources which can be use to assess the impacts of climate change and the effects of measures implemented to reduce such impacts.
United Nations/Iran Workshop on the Use of Space Technology for Dust Storm and Drought Monitoring 26-30 September 2015 

Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran
To address topics related to the use of space technologies in drought monitoring as well as for dust storm tracking and monitoring. A particular focus will be on the Central Asia area, often affected by such environmental phenomena. Also, in collaboration with UNEP, the Caspian convention Secretariat and other stakeholders, a session will consider specific benefits of space tools in the wider environmental monitoring of the Caspian Sea basin. Knowledge will be exchanged on various applications in these domains and applicability of existing drought monitoring systems to the region as well, addressing specific concerns of the host Government and neighbouring countries.
United Nations/International Astronautical Federation Workshop on Space Technology for Socio-Economic Benefits "Water Resources Management" 9-11 October 2015

Jerusalem, Israel
To discuss space technologies, applications, information and services that contribute to sustainable economic and social development programmes, with a primary focus on the use of space technology for water resources management; 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/Costa Rica Workshop on Human Space Technology 9-13 November 2015

San Jose, Costa Rica
To exchange information on achievements in the human space programmes, discuss how to promote international cooperation by further facilitating the participation of developing countries and industries in human space exploration-related activities. It will also focus on creating awareness of the benefits of human space technology and its applications and building capacity in microgravity science education and research.
United Nations/Kenya Workshop on Space Technology and Applications for Wildlife Management and Protecting Biodiversity November 2015

To address the growing demand for space-based information and space technologies such as Earth Observation of satellite positioning for biodiversity monitoring and wildlife management, in particular. As a first workshop on these topics in Africa, a special session might also address specificities of coastal ecosystems observations. Interests of the host Government, UNEP and other international organizations will be considered in setting the agenda, with international experts drawn from pools such as the Conservation Remote Sensing group. Recent advancements in this domain will be presented, and specific needs in Africa will be identified for further action in better applying benefits of space technologies in the biodiversity domain.
United Nations/United Arab Emirates High Level Forum: Space as a Driver for Socio-Economic Sustainable Development 15-17 November 2015

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
To provide updates and recommendations on the potential of space innovations and to address the cross-cutting impact of integrating the economic, environmental, and social policy and regulatory dimensions of space in pursuit of global sustainable development. The main objectives include the presentation of lessons learned in the four thematic areas of space economy, space society, space accessibility and space diplomacy as well as all their interactions and inter-linkages. It will also aim to produce a declaration with a set of recommendations to shape the positioning of space activities as a driver for innovation, socio-economic development and diplomacy for a sustainable future.
United Nations International Meeting on Global Navigation Satellite Systems 14-18 December 2015

Vienna, Austria
To mark the growth and results that the International Committee on Global Navigation Satellite Systems (ICG) has experienced during the last ten years. Also, to build on the achievements of past international meetings and regional workshops on the applications of GNSS in order to review the status of follow-up projects and initiatives and to consider further support that could be provided by ICG.

Past activities: Year 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009. 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003. 2002

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