22 November 2021, Geneva, Switzerland - Since 2001, UNOSAT has been providing satellite imagery-based solutions and capacity development to UN funds, programmes, specialized agencies and Member States in support of the achievement of sustainable development. In 2021, the United Nations Economic and Social Council approved a resolution recognizing UNOSAT as the United Nations Satellite Centre. This event is an opportunity to recall the wide range of UNOSAT’s activities over the last two decades, from peace and security mapping, to geospatial analysis for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and building climate resilience.
On Thursday 25th November 2021, UNOSAT is celebrating the 20 years of operations leading to become the United Nations Satellite Centre with an online event at 1.30 pm CET. We will hear about the early days of UNOSAT and will recall the challenges and achievements of the past two decades. Operational partners will then share their experience working with UNOSAT, from imagery to impact. This event will highlight past and ongoing achievements on the application of space technology, as well as identify further opportunities to enhance our services to Member States and UN entities in analysis and capacity development for disaster management and sustainable development.
Nikhil Seth, Assistant Secretary-General, Executive Director, UNITAR
Moderator: Einar Bjørgo, Director, UN Satellite Centre (UNOSAT) – UNITAR
Alain Retière, Co-founder, Managing Director, Chief Technical Officer, LDN Advisory
Francesco Pisano, Director, UN Library & Archives Geneva
Gita Sabharwal, UN Resident Coordinator, Thailand
Vineil Narayan, Head of Climate Change & International Cooperation Division, Ministry of Economy of Fiji, on the National Disaster Management Office (NDMO)
Anne-Sofie Gerhard, Chief Technical Adviser & Project Manager, Vanuatu Electoral Environment Project (VEEP), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Léo Martine, Information Manager Officer, GIS Support Unit, United Nations High Commission for Refugees