UN-SPIDER NEWSLETTER APRIL 2007
In this isuue:
Establishment of UN-SPIDER
- In its resolution 61/110 of 14 December 2006 the United Nations General Assembly agreed to establish the “United Nations Platform for Space-based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response – UN SPIDER” as a new United Nations programme, with the following mission statement: “Ensure that all countries have access to and develop the capacity to use all types of space-based information to support the full disaster management cycle”.
- The General Assembly recognised that space technology and its applications can play a vital role in supporting disaster relief operations by providing accurate and timely information and communication support and also recognized the important role that coordinated applications of space technology can play in the implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action 2005–2015: Building the Resilience of Nations and Communities to Disasters, adopted by the World Conference on Disaster Reduction, held at Kobe, Hyogo, Japan, from 18 to 22 January 2005.