United Nations/Germany International Conference "International Cooperation Towards Low-Emission and Resilient Societies" opens in Bonn
More than 80 experts and participants from over 20 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America, among them high-level representatives of the United Nations, are convening in Bonn this week to consider how space technology can help make societies more environmentally-friendly and more resilient to challenges such as disasters and climate change.
The United Nations/Germany International Conference on International Cooperation Towards Low-Emission and Resilient Societies will take place from 22 to 24 November 2017 in the UN Campus in Bonn, Germany. The event is organized by the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and the UN Platform for Space-Based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response (UN-Spider) in cooperation with the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi).
"Space science, technology and applications can make a significant contribution to our joint efforts to address some of the most serious global challenges that we face, such as climate change and disasters“, said UNOOSA Director Simonetta Di Pippo.
According to Prof. Pascale Ehrenfreund, Chair of the DLR Executive Board, "a crucial point for us is the question of how existing and future constellations of earth observation satellites can be used to implement the UN climate targets. The main framework for this is provided by the Sendai Framework on Disaster Risk Reduction, the UN's Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Climate Agreement."