United Nations Platform for Space-based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response (UN-SPIDER)


The UN-SPIDER Newsletter is published periodically with the aim of highlighting specific topics relevant to UN-SPIDER's field of work. In addition to the online publication, it is distributed in hard copy at conferences, workshops, and various UN-SPIDER events.

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The United Nations Platform for Space-based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response (UN-SPIDER) was established in 2006 under the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA). UN-SPIDER develops solutions to address the limited access developing countries have to specialized technologies that can be essential in the management of disasters and the reducing of disaster risks.

Remote sensing for Earth observation, satellite-based telecommunication and global navigation satellite systems contribute to more effective disaster risk management and emergency response. It is UN-SPIDER's mandate to enable developing countries to use all types of space-based information in all phases of the disaster management cycle including prevention, preparedness, early warning, response and reconstruction.

UN-SPIDER aims at improving actions to reduce disaster risk or support disaster response operations through knowledge sharing and the strengthening of institutions in the use of space technologies. UN-SPIDER also facilitates cooperation between satellite data and information providers and the different groups of users of such data, such as policymakers, disaster risk managers or emergency responders. The objective is a better flow of information on disaster risks or disaster impacts between all stakeholders and affected populations.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HEVQgxSP2dI UN-SPIDER builds capacities in developing countries to access and use space technologies, jointly with its network of international partners. UN-SPIDER's Knowledge Portal is a hub for pertinent information, links and resources. Through its tailor-made technical advisory support, UN-SPIDER assesses the individual potential of a country, makes specific recommendations and carries out specialized training courses for government staff. Additionally, through its conferences, workshops and expert meetings, UN-SPIDER brings together relevant stakeholders from both the space and the disaster communities in order to foster an exchange of innovations and experiences.

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