The 17th Session of the Intergovernmental Consultative Committee (ICC) on the Regional Space Application Programme for Sustainable Development (RESAP)

Date: 
26 Nov 2013 to 28 Nov 2013
Location: 
Bangkok, Thailand

The “17th Session of the Intergovernmental Consultative Committee (ICC) on the Regional Space Applications Programme for Sustainable Development (RESAP)” and the “High Level Decision Maker Meeting on Implementing the Asia-Pacific Years of Action for Applications of Space Technology and the Geographic Information System for Disaster Risk Reduction and Sustainable Development 2012-2017”, was held back-to-back at the United Nations Conference Centre (UNCC) in Bangkok, Thailand, from 26 to 28 November 2013.

The 17th ICC on RESAP provided a brief overview of the key activities and achievements as well as the opportunity to review and discuss the future plan under the RESAP. It also presented critical elements of the regional cooperative mechanism for drought monitoring and early warning. Furthermore, it outlined the secretariat’s efforts in the implementation of the Asia-Pacific Plan of Action for Applications of Space Technology and Geographic Information Systems for Disaster Risk Reduction and Sustainable Development 2012-2017 (Asia-Pacific Plan of Action). This leads into discussions regarding the work plan for RESAP in 2014-2015, and the discussion of any other matters relevant to the Committee.

A special session on “The Regional Cooperation Mechanism for Drought Monitoring and Early Warning (the Mechanism)”, organized to review and deliberate on the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and operational modalities of the Mechanism, as well as review case studies of drought monitoring in the Asia-Pacific region,

During the High Level Decision Maker Meeting, policymakers discussed better utilization of space technology and GIS for disaster risk reduction and management and sustainable development; sharing of knowledge and good practices at both regional and national levels; and identification of needs, gaps and challenges on practical and technical issues in implementing the Asia-Pacific Plan of Action.