Beijing: United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs, UN-SPIDER (UNOOSA) is organising the “United Nations International Conference on Space-based Technologies for Disaster Management – "Multi-hazard Disaster Risk Assessment" from 15 to 17 September 2014.
Recent disasters around the world have highlighted shortfalls in efforts of the governments and communities, including development partners, in reducing disaster risks. Although early warnings of hydrologic hazards (floods, storm surges, coastal erosion and droughts) and meteorological hazards (cyclones, tornadoes, windstorms etc.) are able to save human lives in some cases, the economic and environmental losses are often huge and recovery will usually take years to normalise. Therefore, countries need to have an increasing focus on economic, environmental and human costs of disasters and develop approaches to lessen the risks and reduce loss of lives and property. For more information about the conference, Click Here.