• Lead-organizer: United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA)
  • 17:15 - 18:45
  • Date: 19 Jun 2012
  • Room: P3-3


Organizing partners

The side event is being organized by the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) together with the Governments of Austria and Brazil.


Under the title ?SPACE FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT? this side-event will focus on the Contribution of Space-based Information and Technologies to Support the Implementation of Rio+20 Outcomes and Actions.

The proposed side event will focus on space and its contributions that would lead to a convergence on the use of space-based technologies for sustainable development and assist in identifying the next actions that would embrace Rio+20 outcomes.

Detailed programme

The proposed 90-minute side event will consist of contributions from invited panellists (as listed below), followed by a discussion. Rio+20 issues that will be covered are Food, Water, Oceans and Disasters. The issue of health and the importance of space-derived geospatial data will also be addressed.

Invited panellists will present the contribution and importance of space-based technologies to the various thematic issues and how they contribute to the goals of sustainable development. The side-event will have the Opening Statement given by H.E. Mr. Marco Raupp, Minister for Science, Technology and Innovation of Brazil

Proposed Programme

Chair: Mr. Y. Horikawa (Japan), Chairman of COPUOS 2012-2013
Moderator: Mr. Ade Abioudun (Nigeria)

Opening statement: H.E. Mr. Marco Raupp
Minister for Science, Technology and Innovation of Brazil

Panellist no.1: GEO/CEOS - Geospatial Data
Panellist no.2: Mr. Carlos Nobre - Disasters
Panellist no.3: Mr. Walther Lichem - Water/Oceans
Panellist no.4: Argentina - Health
Panellist no.5: World Food Programme (WFP) - Food

Question and answer

The event is expected to draw around 100 participants encompassing decision and policy makers involved in sustainable development. Brochures, Newsletters, posters, and relevant publications will be made available to all participants. The summary of the meeting recommendations and conclusions together with the outcome of the Rio+20 conference will be reported back for consideration during the 56th Meeting of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space when it meets in Vienna in 2013.
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