Space and disaster risk reduction: Planning for resilient human settlements

Tuesday 12 March 2013, Geneva

The 10 th open informal session on space and disaster risk reduction:  "Planning for resilient human settlements: Perspectives towards the Fourth Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction"  was held on 12 March 2013 in conjunction with the 33rd session of the United Nation Inter-Agency Meeting on Outer Space Activities.

The session was organized by the Office for Outer Space Affairs  in cooperation with United Nations Office on Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR).

Panellists in the open informal session included representatives from UNISDR, UNOOSA and its United Nations Platform for Space-based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response (UN-SPIDER) programme, the World Bank/ Global Facilityfor Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR), the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) Operational Satellite Applications Programme (UNOSAT), ITA Committee on Underground Space of the International Tunnelling and Underground Space Association (ITACUS), the European Commission/ COPERNICUS service, and the Université Paris-Est Marne-la- Vallée .


Rapporteur Report, Panels A and B (PDF format in English only)

Programme (PDF format in English only)

Online Presentations

From outer space to underground space - helping cities become more resilient
Mr. Han Admiraal, Chairman, and Ms. Antonia Cornaro, Secretary-General, ITA Committee on Underground Space of the International Tunnelling and Underground Space Association (ITA-AITES) Powerpoint Presentation

Space-based, terrestrial technologies and resilience towards a sustainable city : an academic point of view
Dr. Youssef Diab, Université Marne-la-Vallee, Paris Est, France Powerpoint Presentation

Mainstreaming Space Technology for Effective Disaster Management - towards resilient societies
Ms. Keiko Saito, Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery, World Bank/GFDRR Powerpoint Presentation

Mainstreaming space technologies for effective disaster management
Mr. Einar Bjorgo, Officer in Charge, UNITAR/UNOSAT Powerpoint Presentation

Space and Disaster Risk Reduction Planning for resilient human settlements
Mr. Juan-Carlos Villagran, Head of  UN-SPIDER Bonn Office, UNOOSA Powerpoint Presentation

Copernicus: Overview and Emergency Management Service
Mr. Frédéric Bastide, EC/COPERNICUS Powerpoint Presentation


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