JRC scientist and Head of Unit Alan BELWARD has been invited to participate in the United Nations / World Health Organization / Switzerland Conference on Strengthening Space Cooperation for Global Health.
The Conference, co-organised by the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and the World Health Organization (WHO), will foster dialogue between better utilisation of space-based data and technologies in addressing global health. The Conference will also showcase select global health initiatives in their various uses of space technologies, data access, data provision services and information sharing, with a focus on Resiliency (e.g. looking at how space technologies can provide services despite breakdowns in ground-based infrastructures, notably in emergency situations and humanitarian crises) and Interoperability (looking at challenges of coordinating services and data sources to foster synergies and strengthen global health).
The outcomes and recommendations identified at this key Conference will provide inputs for the United Nations Report on the agreed thematic priority addressing space cooperation for global health, to be delivered in June 2018 for UNISPACE+50, and event celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first UN Conference on the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, and an opportunity for the international community to gather and consider the future course of global space cooperation for the benefit of humankind.
As recently discussed at a Central European University Summer Course between Alan and Mr Lorant Czaran (UNOOSA), the Copernicus Global Land Service is increasingly concerned with indicators that can support the Sustainable Development Agenda process, and the Global Surface Water Explorer in particular could help with the monitoring of the health-related SDGs.