The VII Space Conference of the Americas was inaugurated on 17 November 2015 in Managua, Nicaragua and will conclude on 19 November 2015. The conference brings together representatives of the space community, government institutions, academia and other regional and international organizations. The conference is organized by the Superior Coordinating Council, which includes the Nicaraguan Science and Technology Council, the National Council of Universities and the Ministry of the Presidency for Public Policies.
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Satellite data shows where the people live and provides information about population dynamics, while census data shows how many people are living in an administrative unit. A combination of both provides indispensable information to be used in exposure, vulnerability and risk mapping. Satellite-based population and settlement data is also needed to monitor indicators of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction as well as for the Sustainable Development Goals. (Image Credit: NASA)
On 9 and 10 November 2015, UN-SPIDER is hosting the autumn meeting of the International Working Group on Satellite-based Emergency Mapping (IWG-SEM). The meeting includes representatives of the German Aerospace Center (DLR); the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC); the UN Cartographic Section; the Service Régional de Traitement d'Image et de Télédétection (SERTIT); the Information Technology for Humanitarian Assistance, Cooperation and Action (ITHACA); the Human Rights Watch (HRW) organization; the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT); the University of Bonn; the Pacific Disaster Center (PDC); the Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC) and the United States Geological Survey (USGS).
On 14 October at the World Humanitarian Summit Global Consultation in Geneva, the satellite operators Eutelsat, Hispasat, Inmarsat, Intelsat, SES, Thuraya and Yahsat signed the Crisis Connectivity Charter in partnership with the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC).
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