Vienna, Austria: During 53rd session of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, H.E. Ambassador Hu, Xiaodi, representing the Government of China; Mazlan Othman, Deputy-Director General of the United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV) and Director of the Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) signed an agreement to establish a new office of the United Nations Platform for Space-based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response (UN-SPIDER) in Beijing, China.
Ms. Othman said, “Signing of the agreement and the subsequent opening of the UN-SPIDER office in Beijing mark another landmark in the further development of the UN-SPIDER programme, contributing to ensure that collectively we can ensure that all countries are able to access and use space-based information to support disaster risk management and emergency response.”
The UN-SPIDER office in Beijing will contribute to the implementation of UN-SPIDER, in particular by raising awareness and supporting Governments, international and regional organisations through the provision of technical advice in the use and access of space-based information for disaster risk management and emergency response.
The UN-SPIDER programme already has staff in Vienna, Austria, where UNOOSA is based, and also a UN-SPIDER office in Bonn, Germany.
Source: UN Information Service