The United Nations Platform for Space-based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response (UN-SPIDER), a programme implemented by the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), assists developing countries in using space-based information in the full disaster management cycle. While doing so, it has supported United Nations Members States in implementing the “Hyogo Framework for Action 2005: Building the Resilience of Nations and Communities to Disasters” by engaging with their national disaster management agencies and other partners. Since the adoption of the “Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030”, UN-SPIDER has worked together with a number of networks and in partnership with Member States to make use of the benefits of space-based information for disaster risk reduction.
The services offered by UN-SPIDER include, but are not limited to, technical advisory support through technical advisory missions (TAM), capacity-building activities through workshops and trainings, and access to space-based information for disaster management through its Knowledge Portal.
This booklet presents a compilation of cases where the long-term engagement by UNOOSA and its UN-SPIDER programme with disaster management stakeholders in Member States has led to a more prominent role of space-based information in their disaster management efforts. Through the institutionalization of the use of space data, these states are now better prepared for and can respond faster to disasters that cause loss of lives and property, destroy livelihoods and bring about tremendous damage to societies around the world. When a disaster takes place, UN-SPIDER supports Member States’ emergency response by facilitating their access to information. This and other services the programme offers are supported by a number of networks UN-SPIDER engages with and which are presented in this publication as well.
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