The 15th Session of the Intergovernmental Consultative Committee (ICC) on the Regional Space Applications Programme for Sustainable Development ( RESAP ) was held on 27 October in Colombo, Sri Lanka, back-to-back with the Consultative Meeting on Regional Cooperative Mechanisms on Space Applications towards an Effective Disaster Management and Sustainable Development held at the same venue from 25 to 26 October 2011. The session was organized by ESCAP's Information and Communications Technology and Disaster Risk Reduction Division and hosted by
the Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Modern Technologies, Ministry of Technology, the Government of the Sri Lanka.
The Consultative Meeting reviewed, discussed and made propositions on the regional cooperative mechanisms for an affordable access to and effective use of space-based information products and resources for disaster management and sustainable development in Asia-Pacific region, with special reference to the countries with special needs.
The objective of the Intergovernmental Consultative Committee (ICC) session on the Regional Space Applications Programme for Sustainable Development (RESAP) was to provide guidance to its members and the secretariat in promoting affordable access to and effective use of space-based tools and applications for disaster management and other development concerns, through the networks of RESAP. The outcome of the consultative meeting became an important input to the ICC session for its deliberation.