On 18 February 2014, UN-SPIDER presented its Knowledge Portal (www.un-spider.org) to the delegates of the 51st session of the Scientific and Technical Subcommittee of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS STSC). UN-SPIDER colleagues gave a short overview of the programme as well as a live presentation of the Knowledge Portal including its most important features and services.
After an evaluation in 2012, the team implemented numerous structural and content-related improvements to the website, which were showcased during the presentation. These include new databases on available satellite data sets and GIS/Remote Sensing software, as well as new profile pages for UN-SPIDER's Regional Support Offices and Technical Advisory Missions. The presentation was also the occasion to officially launch the Spanish-language version of the UN-SPIDER Knowledge Portal in order to allow more users from Latin America and the Caribbean to benefit from the resources made available on the Portal.
The fifty-first session of the Scientific and Technical Subcommittee of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space started on 10 February 2014 and will continue until 21 February at the United Nations Office at Vienna, Vienna International Center in Austria. It assembles delegates from UN Member States around the world to discuss issues such as space technologies for socioeconomic development, remote sensing, space debris or long-term sustainability of outer space activities. The complete agenda is available on OOSA's website.