United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs / UN-SPIDER
Global Partnership on Space Technology Applications for Disaster Risk Reduction (GP STAR) is a global partnership that was launched at the third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai in 2015. It is committed to fostering better and more integrated use of space-based technologies in disaster risk reduction efforts around the world. The partnership conducted its first meeting in Bonn, Germany from 25 to 28 May 2015.
The International Expert Meeting in December 2016 built upon the efforts carried out to contribute to the implementation of the Sendai framework. It provided decision-makers from the disaster management community with guidance on the use of space technology applications in combination with local, in-situ data for better disaster-risk visualisation. The meeting also promoted the use of Earth Observation to track and identify ways to manage climate-related extreme events, e.g. floods, storms or droughts. Lastly, the objective of the meeting was to contribute to the implementation of the partnership through agreements regarding terms of reference of the partnership, the plan of work for the upcoming years, recommendations and suggestions related to the use of space-based applications and geospatial information in disaster risk management and a plan of action for the upcoming Global Platform in Cancun, Mexico in May 2017.
The meeting was attended by 31 experts and professionals from the Member states. The programme of activities was developed by UN-SPIDER and DLR. It consisted of five sessions which included presentations, plenary discussions and closing remarks. Keynote presentations were delivered by representatives from DLR and UN-SPIDER.
The presentations can be found below.
Session 1: Setting the scene
The first session presented the efforts conducted by the space community in the areas of disaster risk reduction and emergency response, the GEO-DARMA initiative, the UNISPACE+50 process conducted by the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space and the Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) as a way to shape Space2030 and also efforts conducted by disaster management agencies such as the DMC of Sri Lanka regarding the use of geospatial technologies to assess and map risks.
Session 2: View of partners
This session allowed partners to share their views regarding the mission of the GP-STAR, potential projects and activities which could be conducted by the partnership, outcomes and potential roles that the institutions could take in the context of the partnership.
Session 3: Towards the plan of work
This session discussed and agreed on the plan of work for the coming years. The partners emphasized the notion that the partnership should be user oriented; it should provide conceptual guidance based on Sendai Framework and user-needs. The Partners agreed on the conduction of six initiatives targeting different topics.
Session 4: Next Global Platform Session
On this session, it was agreed that partners will approach the organisers of the Global Platform Session to request the conduction of a side event in order to disseminate the objectives of GP-STAR, its work plan and outcomes and to provide visibility to the activities of its partners.
Session 5: Terms of References
The fifth session focused on the review of the terms of reference that had been suggested by UN-SPIDER and partners in the previous session in May 2015. The terms of reference include the description of the overall aim and the objectives of the partnership; guidelines on membership, including procedures to accept new institutional members, the organizational structure, governance, as well as a segment on meetings of the partnership.
Mr. Villagrán, Head UN-SPIDER Bonn
|Mr. Dittus, Member of the Executive Board Space Research and Technology, German Aerospace Center (DLR)|
|session 1: SETTING THE SCENE (KEY NOTE PRESENTATIONS)|
Mr. Villagrán (Head UN-SPIDER Bonn): Efforts by UN-SPIDER
Stéphane Chalifoux(CEOS): Efforts by Space agencies - CEOS WG Disaster
Günter Strunz, Jens Danzeglocke, Christiane Lechtenbörger(DLR): Efforts by DLR
Srimal Samansiri(DMC): Efforts by Civil Protection Agencies - DMC
SESSION 2: VIEW OF PARTNERS
|Peter Zeil (IWG-SEM): Objectives and goals of International Working Group for Satellite-based Emergency Mapping||Download|
|Utchang Kang and Daniel Tsegai (UNCCD): Overall goals of United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) in the partnership||Download|
|Maria Eugenia Soto (CEPREDENAC): Central American concept of Vulnerabilities and Hazards||Download|
|Szarzynski Joerg, Valerie Graw, Olena Dubovyk (EVIDENZ): Drought risk reduction at the national level and Indicators.||Download|
|Dr Giriraj Amarnath (IWMI): IWMI’s role in all phases of water-related disaster risk management floods and drought||Download|
Vanessa Aellen (GEO): 8 Societal benefit areas of GEO and DRR within GEO
|Lena Halounová (ISPRS): International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing||Download|
|Julio César Castillo Urdapilleta (AEM): Mexican Space Agency||Download|
|Alasdair Hainsworth(WMO): WMO Perspectives||Download|
Abdul MUHARI, PhD, Shunichi KOSHIMURA,Prof. Dr(The Sentinel Asia-Tsunami Working Group)
SESSION 3: TOWARDS THE PLAN OF WORK
|Working plan for the Global Partnership on Space Technology Applications for Disaster Risk Reduction||Download|
SESSION 4: NEXT GLOBAL PLATFORM SESSION
|Side event application at Global Platform Session, Cancun, Mexico, May 2017 (agreed by partners)||Download|
SESSION 5: TERMS OF REFERENCES
Terms of Reference for the Global Partnership using Space-based technology applications for disaster risk reduction GP-STAR
|Annexes of partners(agreed by partners)||Download|
Point of Contact
Joachim Post (Mr.)
Office for Outer Space Affairs
UN Campus Bonn
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Fax: +49 (0) 228 815 0699
E-mail: joachim.post [at] unoosa.org