Collaborations

image   Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development (ACTED)
Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development (ACTED)is a non-governmental organization focused on intervention and disaster relief for affected areas. Their work covers emergency relief, food security, health promotion, education and training, economic development, microfinance, advocacy and institutional support, and cultural promotion. Its work with UNOSAT includes production of geographic and geospatial information in order to aid the decision making processes.
www.acted.org
 
image   Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC)
The collaboration between UNOSAT and the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) allows for better and more responsive disaster relief - both immediate and long term - for countries in Asia and the Pacific. ADPC focuses on strengthening their national disaster risk management systems with practical solutions as well as supporting the advancement of safer communities and sustainable development. The two organizations share the same high-level international agendas which make collaboration relevant and beneficial. UNOSAT and ADPC have also undertaken many training and capacity development events further expanding their involvement.
www.adpc.net
 
European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN)
CERN hosts the world’s largest particle physics laboratory. It was at CERN the World Wide Web was born. It’s IT infrastructure and Internet-access is of immense benefit to UNOSAT.
www.cern.ch
 
The Citizen Cyberscience Centre logo The Citizen Cyberscience Centre
The Citizen Cyberscience Centre is a partnership between UNITAR, CERN and the University of Geneva to promote citizen-based science on the Web including collaborative computing and participatory mapping. Since 2006 CCC partners are studying innovative methods and technologies to develop the participation of citizens in developing regions where crowdsourcing provides an appropriate participatory and low-cost solution. As part of the CCC activities, UNOSAT is currently testing an experimental system for geo-tagging web content called HPGloe.
www.citizencyberscience.net
 
image   Digital Globe
UNOSAT and Digital Globe work together to quickly provide vast amounts of information to member countries in times of crisis. Digital Globe owns and operates a constellation of high-resolution, commercial, earth imaging satellites making access to information fast and reliable. By implementing their web-based platform, called FirstLook, they can provide a large amount of imagery very quickly for major global events. UNOSAT both subscribes to and shares the FirstLook service with other UN agencies to create a more cohesive and collaborative environment.
www.digitalglobe.com
 
e-GEOS
e-GEOS, a Telespazio (80%) / ASI (20%) company, is a leading international provider in the geo-spatial business. They offer a complete range of products and services in the Earth Observation and geo-spatial application domains, both based on VHR optical  (i.e.GeoEye, Ikonos, QuickBird, WorldView 1-2 etc.) and radar satellites  (i.e. COSMO-SkyMed 4 satellite constellation) as well as on aerial surveys. UNOSAT uses many images from e-GEOS to provide actionable information to humanitarian actors.
www.e-geos.it
 
Architectes de l'urgence / Emergency Architects
Emergency Architects foundation labors alongside people who have lost everything, helping them get back to a semblance of normal life.
www.archi-urgent.com
 
image Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI)
The partnership between the Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) and UNOSAT creates greater consistency and reliability for international needs. With ESRI's specialized GIS software (ArcGIS), they are able to provide specific information and applications that benefit the humanitarian effort and those involved in mapping activities. ESRI's long history and consistent management provides consumers with reliability and stability.
www.esri.com
 
image   European Research Council (ERC)
The European Research Council (ERC) is an autonomous organization that funds investigatory research within the European Union. They are supported by the European Commission and supplemented by contributions from associated states. With the help of UNOSAT, the ERC aims to enhance the performance of the European research system.
erc.europa.eu
 
European Space Agency (ESA)
ESA is an intergovernmental organisation dedicated to the exploration of space.
www.esa.int
 
image European Space Imaging (ESI)
European Space Imaging provides high-resolution imagery from information that is collected on a daily basis. Their location in Europe makes production and access to this imagery very quick; a key benefit for UNOSAT which often needs information sent on a same day timeframe. ESI has a long-term relationship with many European and other international organizations working in disaster management, security, environmental monitoring and satellite mapping.
www.euspaceimaging.com
 
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO-UN)
The FAO leads international efforts to defeat hunger. Serving both developed and developing countries, FAO acts as a neutral forum where all nations meet as equals to negotiate agreements and debate policy. FAO is also a source of knowledge and information helping developing countries and countries in transition modernize and improve agriculture, forestry and fisheries practices and ensure good nutrition for all. Founded in 1945, FAO have focused special attention on developing rural areas, home to 70 percent of the world's poor and hungry people.
www.fao.org
 
image   Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System (GDACS)
The Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System (GDACS) is a cooperative framework which aims to consolidate and strengthen the network of providers and users of disaster information worldwide. GDACS typically covers an event throughout the response and relief phases. UNOSAT is often responsible for providing disaster assessment and satellite information in cases where a disaster alert has been activated through GDACS.
www.gdacs.org
 
image   Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR)
Overseen by the World Bank, the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) supports the development of risk assessments and aids the decision making processes. They also work to reduce vulnerabilities of communities and cities resulting from rapid urbanization. Their work with UNOSAT has increased their access to spatial analysis as well as risk mapping that aids disaster preparedness.
www.gfdrr.org
 
Google
Google Crisis Response makes critical information more accessible around natural disasters and humanitarian crises, such as hurricanes and earthquakes. This initiative is a project of Google.org, which uses Google's strengths in information and technology to build products and advocate for policies that address global challenges. Google's contributions include: updated satellite imagery of the disaster area, charitable donations to organizations on-the-ground, outreach through Google web properties, and engineering tools, such as Google Person Finder and Landing Pages, designed to organize and coordinate critical response resources and information. Google and UNOSAT are also working together in an effort to continuously improve rapid access to accurate map data in times of disaster and humanitarian response. For example, UNOSAT serves as a conduit for UN agencies who may request Google Map Maker data for more than 150 countries around the world.
www.google.org
 
Human Rights Watch (HRW)
Human Rights Watch is one of the world’s leading independent organizations dedicated to defending and protecting human rights.
www.hrw.org
 
International Charter on Space and Major Disasters
The International Charter is a system of space data acquisition and delivery activated by participating space agencies in case of major natural and man-made disasters. UNOSAT acts as a user intermediary for requests emanating from UN agencies responding to natural disasters. In such cases, the Space Charter provides free satellite imagery and data that are used in UNOSAT Rapid Mapping Service to generate information and publish maps for the use of the UN Disaster Assessment Coordination (UNDAC) teams and other field teams.
www.disasterscharter.org
 
International Telecommunication Union (ITU)
ITU is an international organization and a specialized agency of the United Nations created with the objective of facilitating peaceful relations, international cooperation among peoples and economic and social development by means of efficient telecommunication services with the purpose among others, of fostering international cooperation in the delivery of technical assistance to the developing countries to promote the development of their telecommunication networks and services, while taking into account the priority of telecommunications in securing human life.
www.itu.int
 
Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI)
UNICRI's is one of the 5 global Research and Training Institutes of the United Nations which report to the UN Secretary General. UNICRI carries out applied research, training, technical cooperation and documentation / information activities in the areas of Emerging Crimes and Anti-Human Trafficking; Security Governance and Counter Terrorism; Justice Reform, and Post-Graduate Training.
www.unicri.it
 
   ITC
ITC is the largest institute for international higher education in the Netherlands. It provides international postgraduate education, research and project services in the field of geo-information science and earth observation using remote sensing and GIS. The aim of ITC's activities is the international exchange of knowledge, focusing on capacity building and institutional development in developing countries and emerging economies.
www.itc.nl
 
Joint Research Centre (JRC) European Commission
The European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) is a department (Directorate-General, DG) of the European Commission providing independent scientific and technological support for EU policy-making. It works closely on the development of EU legislation with the relevant Commission services, such as the Agricultural, Enterprise, Environment, and Health and Consumer Protection DGs. Knowledge comes from specific application- and issue-oriented research within the seven JRC Institutes and close co-operation with over 1000 public and private organisations in 150 networks in Member State and applicant countries. The JRC also liases with non-EU and global scientific and standard-setting bodies.
ec.europa.eu/dgs/jrc
 
image Kongsberg Satellite Services (KSAT)
Kongsberg Satellite Services (KSAT) is a world leading commercial satellite center ideally located for TT&C, launch support, orbit support and near real time earth observation service. They have contributed to UNOSAT's work to monitor security risks. Their unique location also enables quick access to information for humanitarian needs.
www.ksat.no
 
MFB-GeoConsulting
MFB-GeoConsulting specialises in software and applications for optical and radar earth observation analysis involving Leica geospatial tools. Through this partnership UNOSAT has access to software that powers the Geospatial Imaging Chain.
www.mfb-geo.com
 
NOVACOM Services
NOVACOM Services is a private company based in France, Novacom Services is a subsidiary of CLS (Collecte Localisation Satellites), the exclusive operator of the Argos system, and the CNES (the french space agency). NOVACOM offers tracking and data collection services, providing customized products and end-to-end solutions from the field terminal to the information delivery.
www.novacom-services.com
 
UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
OCHA's mission is to mobilize and coordinate effective and principled humanitarian action in partnership with national and international actors in order to alleviate human suffering in disasters and emergencies, advocate for the rights of people in need, promote preparedness and prevention, facilitate sustainable solutions.  Since 2003, OCHA has benefitted from UNOSAT’s Humanitarian Rapid Mapping service which provides timely geospatial information and satellite derived analysis to all humanitarian agencies to facilitate decision making, in-field coordination, reporting and monitoring.
www.ocha.org
 
image Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) is the principle human rights office within the United Nations which attempts to implement human rights standards with partners at the country and local level, thereby establishing greater country engagement.  UNOSAT and OHCHR work together, specifically on targeted human rights missions and investigations, to assess geographical areas and research potential human rights violations.  OHCHR increasingly relies on UNOSAT for satellite solutions to human rights issues.
www.ohchr.org
 
Spot Image (SISA)
Spot Image is a leading satellite data provider. The company offers data from a number of different satellites: SPOT, Landsat, VEGETATION, Ikonos, Quick Bird and Radarsat. Spot Image is also head of the SARCOM consortium distributing ERS and Envisat products.
www.spotimage.fr
 
Télécoms Sans Frontières
Télécoms Sans Frontières is the leading international NGO specializing in emergency telecommunications. TSF deploys within 24 hours on natural disasters and humanitarian crisis to provide satellite communication facilities to NGOs, rescue teams, UN Agencies and affected populations.
www.tsfi.org
 
Trimble
Though best known for GPS technology, Trimble integrates a wide range of positioning technologies including GPS, laser, optical and inertial technologies with application software, wireless communications, and services to provide complete commercial solutions.
www.trimble.com
 
United Nations Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF)
UNICEF is mandated by the United Nations General Assembly to advocate for the protection of children's rights, to help meet their basic needs and to expand their opportunities to reach their full potential. UNICEF is guided by the Convention on the Rights of the Child and strives to establish children's rights as enduring ethical principles and international standards of behavior towards children. UNOSAT has teamed with UNICEF’s Emergency Programmes, Early Warning & Preparedness (EMOPS-EWP) to ensure satellite imagery and related solutions are available to UNICEF.
www.unicef.org
 
image   United Nations Development Program (UNDP)
The United Nations Development Program (UNDP), specifically the Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery (BCPR), works globally to restore quality of life for men, women and children who have been devastated by natural disaster or violent conflict. They often request satellite imagery maps and analysis from UNOSAT in order to assist UN country teams as well as national actors. This collaboration caters to early recovery and development with the many agencies and country offices involved.
www.undp.org
 
image   United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
The primary purpose of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is to protect the rights and wellfare of refugees. They work with UNOSAT to locate the displaced after natural disasers with satellite mapping analysis in order to provide aid. Satellite mapping has also increased UNHCR's ability to improve human security monitoring. This collaboration creates expanded cooperation to support specific emergencies and potential risk preparedness.
www.unhcr.org
 
United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT)
The United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN-HABITAT, is the United Nations agency for human settlements. It is mandated by the UN General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities with the goal of providing adequate shelter for all.
www.unhabitat.org
 
University of Geneva (UNIGE)
The University of Geneva is a public university, founded in 1559, devoted to research, teaching and the exchange of ideas.  UNOSAT and The University of Geneva have a steady collaboration, focusing on areas such as Geomatics and new technologies.  They also work together regularly on Citizen Cyberscience Center endeavors.  
www.unige.ch
 
University of Copenhagen
The University of Copenhagen is largest institution of research and education in Denmark. The University works with UNOSAT regularly and offers a Master of Disaster Management programme, supplemented by courses on geospatial information for disaster response provided by UNOSAT. This collaboration has grown from increasing demand and improved technologies in many of their operational areas, such as GIS database information and tools.
www.ku.dk
 
image    World Bank
The World Bank is an independent and specialized agency of the United Nations. It acts as an international financial institution that provides loans to developing countries for capital programs. Its goal is to reduce poverty by providing aid in a developmental capacity. The World Bank teams up with UNOSAT and other actors for collaborative mapping purposes which support the development of nations.
www.worldbank.org
 
image    World Food Programme
The World Food Programme is “the food aid arm of the United Nations system.”  Their primary purpose is to support social and economic development, meet emergency food needs, and promote world food security.  By increasing their use of geospatial information for crisis preparation and response with the help of UNOSAT, the WFP is better able to obtain their information requirements in order to meet their goals of food aid relief.  WFP and UNOSAT have agreed to work together to expand their cooperation in information exchange, data sharing, and joint geospatial products.
www.wfp.org
 
image   World Meteorological Organization (WMO)
The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations dedicated to providing information related to the earth's atmosphere, its interaction with the oceans, the climate it produces and the resulting distribution of water resources for the international community. UNOSAT and the WMO have teamed up to use satellite imagery and applications to address global challenges and human safety.
www.wmo.int