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Space Technology for Resilience
Wednesday, 8 July 2020
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Virtual (New York times)

Side Event

United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs

For every aspect of sustainable development, resilience is key: when actors are well-prepared and informed, with strengthened capabilities to respond to hazards, then not only are lives saved, but progress is preserved and built upon.

The COVID-19 pandemic spotlights the enduring value of resilience, on a global scale. Today, space technology sits behind much of the science underpinning effective policymaking around the world. Supporting access to and use of space data as well as capacity-building and awareness-raising are key to enhancing resilience.

Building resilience has no endpoint; the work is never done. Resilience requires persistent review, enhancement and development to remain fit-for-purpose. Investing in creating more resilient societies is crucial to address current and future challenges. Increasing efforts in strengthing resilience safeguards our future.

On July 8, pannelists from UN Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and the international space community will give expert-insights on how space technology is supporting resilience-building efforts. Join us, and discover first-hand how space can strengthern reslience in your own national contexts. Aim

 Increase awareness about space technology  Share knowledge between existing initiatives  Present practical examples of how UNOOSA and the International Space Community are supporting resilience-building efforts in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

Target audience

 Government officials, policymakers and other representatives  Academic institutions and non-governmental organizations  Private organizations from the space sector and beyond

8 July 2020, 08:00 – 09:00 ET, New York 08:00-08:05 Moderator Mr Ian Freeman, Associate Programme Officer, UNOOSA

08:05- 08:35 Expert Insights

• Yves-Louis Desnos, European Space Agency (ESA) • NASA/JAXA Representatives (tbc) • Representative from UNOOSA UN-SPIDER

Member State Remarks

• Mr Hans Almoslechner, Deputy Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of Austria to the United Nations, New York

08:35 – 08:55 Interactive Discussion: Moderated exchange on Space Technology for Resilience in the context of COVID-19 with expert panel and audience

08:55 – 09:00 Closing Remarks

The platform used for the webinar will be Microsoft Teams. More information will follow shortly.
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