United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs

United Nations Programme on Space Applications Activities Schedule: 2008

Activity Title  Date and place  Objective

PSA/08/01

United Nations/UNESCO/Saudi Arabia International Conference on the Use of Space Technology for Water Management   12-16 April 2008

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
1. Using space technologies to assist in the water management to increase water resources and mitigate water related environmental problems such as drought, flood, and pollution. Topics will include: rain water harvesting methods, ground water recharge storage basin, sedimentation control in surface water systems, exploration and assessment of ground water, and water demand management in urban areas.
2. using space technology to detect archaeological water systems such as canat that can be inspired for modern day use to satisfy our needs for water. Those ancient water systems were designed to efficiently deliver large quantities of subterranean water to the surface and allows water to be transported long distances in hot dry climates without losing a large proportion of the source water to seepage and evaporation. The Conference will explore such ancient systems using space technologies such as remote sensing, and how these systems can be used to satisfy modern need of water, particularly to improve land use and agriculture activities, and to increase the search for surface or underground water sources. This is with the effort of linking traditional and ancient methods to modern needs.

PSA/08/02

United Nations/WHO/Burkina Faso/ESA/CNES Workshop on Using Space Technologies for Tele-health to Benefit Africa 5-9 May 2008

Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
To raise awareness of the benefit of using space technologies in tele-health; to exchange information on the current status of tele-health practices in the Africa region; and to discuss issues, concerns and approaches in developing tele-health for the region, with a view to establishing a network to support the UN COPUOS Action Team 6 - Improving Public Health Services. Tele-health applications will include the use of space-based technologies to provide medical services as well as health education for the prevention and treatment of infectious diseases such as malaria and bird flu.

PSA/08/03

United Nations/ESA/NASA/JAXA Workshop on the International Heliophysical Year and Basic Space Science
External Link: Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
2-6 June 2008

Sozopol, Bulgaria
This workshop is the 4th of a series of five that are dedicated to IHY 2007 and International Year of Astronomy 2009. Objectives are: Implementation of the low-cost, ground-based, world-wide IHY instrument arrays as introduced in the workshops hosted by UAE (2005), India (2006), and Japan (2007); Address satellite missions that produce data for IHY 2007; Review of the implementation of the three-year work plan (2006-2008) of the Scientific and Technical Subcommittee of COPUOS; Appeal to ICG to support operation of IHY GPS instruments, particularly in Africa; Appeal to Regional Centres to facilitate operation of IHY instruments in respective region.

PSA/08/04

United Nations/Colombia/USA Workshop on the Applications of GNSS
(in conjunction with the International Aeronautic Fair of Rionegro (FAIR-08), 25-29 June 2008)
23-27 June 2008

Medellin, Colombia
The objectives of this Workshop will include: This workshop is a follow-up to the 5th Space Conference of Americas and preparatory for the 6th Space Conference of Americas, held in conjunction with the Aeronautical Week in Rio Negro. Objectives are: (i). Sharing experience of GNSS application projects and lessons learned; (ii). Increasing technical capacities in the GNSS applications, establishing regional cooperation programs to synergize resources; (iii). Initiating pilot projects for joint work at the regional level; (iv). Exploring the possibility of setting up coordination mechanisms among authorities for exchanging experience, identifying common needs, implementing coordinated actions and disseminating information on the GNSS applications; and (v). Review the status of currently existing plans and projects on GNSS at the regional and international levels for near, medium and long term applications.

PSA/08/05

United Nations/Indonesia Regional Workshop on Integrated Space Technology Applications to Water Resources Management, Environmental Protectionand Disaster Vulnerability Mitigation 7-11 July 2008

Jakarta, Indonesia
The overall objective of this regional workshop is to promote the integrated use of the demonstrated capabilities of space technology to support national, regional and international efforts in water resources management and environmental protection that could reduce the vulnerability of water caused natural disaster and mitigate its happening. This workshop will focus on using space technologies to improve water and environmental managements and to reduce natural disasters such as: flood, drought, climate change caused water related disasters, deforestation, forest fire, and land use.

PSA/08/06

United Nations/Austria/ESA Symposium on Space Tools and Solutions for Monitoring the Atmosphere and Land Cover 9-12 September 2008

Graz, Austria
This will be the sixth in a series of consecutive Symposia held since 2003 aiming to promote the use of demonstrated capabilities of space technologies and their applications to support actions called for in the Plan of Implementation of the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD). Topics will focus on the interaction between land-cover and the atmosphere including issues such as agriculture, rural development, land, drought and desertification, which have also been identified as issues under consideration in the thematic cluster of the Commission on Sustainable Development for the two-year cycle 2008/2009. Participants will review the outcome and recommendations of the previous symposia in the series in light of recent developments, report on ongoing follow-up activities as well as consider additional activities. It is also anticipated that the Symposium will provide input for selecting the theme and content for the forthcoming series of symposia.

PSA/08/07

United Nations/International Astronautical Federation Workshop on Integrated Space Technology Applications - Support to Managing Potentially Hazardous Environmental Events 26-27 September 2008

Glasgow, Scotland
The use of space-based services in support of activities aimed at improving a range of emergency management planning and response work coupled with advancing hazard mitigation practices. The workshop aims to provide information on wide range of space based services available to support the theme - from short term emergency planning to long term planning for mitigation - as well as looking at links to the environmental consequences. Existing systems and concepts will be discussed in order to synergise efforts and avoid duplication to ensure the best use of available funds.

PSA/08/08

United Nations/India/ESA Regional Workshop on Using Space Technology for Tele-Epidemiology to Benefit Asia and the Pacific Region 20-23 October 2008

Lucknow, India
To raise awareness of the benefit of using space technologies in tele-pidemiology for improving public health; To exchange information on the current status of tele-health practices in the Asia and the Pacific Region, with the focus on tele-epidemiology applications to combat tropical diseases; To discuss methods of public health surveillance and health care using space technologies; To discuss issues, concerns and approaches in developing integrated disease surveillance for the region. This workshop also includes discussion that supports the activities of the UN COPUOS Action Team 6- Improving Public Health Services.

PSA/08/09

United Nations/Thailand/European Space Agency (ESA) Workshop on Space Law "Activities of States in Outer Space in Light of New Developments: Meeting International Responsibilities and Establishing National Legal and Policy Frameworks" ( postponed until 2009 )  

Bangkok, Thailand
The main objective of the workshop will be to build capacity in space law, particularly with reference to the United Nations treaties and principles on outer space.

PSA/08/10

United Nations/Kenya/ESA Regional Workshop on Integrated Space Technology Applications for Monitoring Climate Change Impact on Agricultural Development and Food Security 1-5 December 2008

Nairobi, Kenya
The primary objective of this Regional Workshop is to use integrated space technologies such as remote sensing and GIS, navigation and positioning, telecommunications, satellite meteorology, and Earth observations in applications that could contribute to the prevention and mitigation of global climate change induced issues. The issued to be focused in this workshop are: prediction, monitoring and early warning of climate related disasters and environmental hazards such as flood, drought, and desertification; and improvement of regional food security such as sustainable agricultural development, land use and land cover change. This workshop aims at raising awareness of national and regional decision makers and professionals on the potential utilization of space technology applications, to exchange experience, and to initiating practical pilot projects.
 
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