A roundtable discussion on space science and technology for sustainable development was organized within the framework of the Geneva Environment Network, at the International Environment House, on Tuesday 26 January. This event took place as the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) is establishing a liaison office in Geneva with the financial support of the Swiss government. The aim is to enhance the collaborations with Geneva-based organizations, including the Group on Earth Observations (GEO).
UNOOSA works to promote international cooperation in the peaceful use and exploration of space, and in the utilisation of space science, technology and applications for sustainable economic and social development. The Office assists any United Nations Member States to establish legal and regulatory frameworks to govern space activities and strengthens the capacity of developing countries to use space science technology and applications for development by helping to integrate space capabilities into national development programmes.
Welcome remarks and opening
José ROMERO, Chief Scientist Environment International, Swiss Federal Office for the Environment
Natália ARCHINARD, Deputy Head of Education, Science and Space Section, Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs
The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs: its role and the support it provides
Simonetta DI PIPPO, Director, UNOOSA
Collaboration between UNOOSA and the Group on Earth Observations
Barbara RYAN, Director, Group on Earth Observations
UNOOSA in Geneva: why and how
Luc ST-PIERRE, Senior Programme Officer, UNOOSA and Coordinator UN-SPIDER
Exchange on current and expected use of space technologies and applications by Geneva-based entities
More information and documents
- UNOOSA Website: www.unoosa.org
- GEO Website: www.earthobservations.org
- UN-SPIDER knowledge platform: www.un-spider.org