The 4th Joint Project Team Meeting for Sentinel Asia STEP-2 was co-organized by ESCAP in partnership with the Ministry of Science and Technology and Innovation (MOSTI), the Malaysian National Security Countil (MKN), the Malaysian Space Agency (ANGKASA), and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) in Putrajaya, Malaysia from 12 to 14 July 2011. It showcases and reports on the progress of field and experimental projects based on space applications that are being explored in the region, particularly in the field of disaster risk reduction and management.
The meeting, organized annually, was attended by 89 experts from 62 organizations, including space agencies, universities and other non-governmental organizations from the Asia-Pacific region. It was opened by the Deputy Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation of Malaysia, Y.B. Datuk Haji Fadillah bin Yusof. The Executive Secretary of ESCAP, Dr. Noeleen Heyzer, the Director General of ANGKASA, Dr. Mustafa Din Subari, and the Associate Executive Director of JAXA, Mr. Toshio Doura gave their welcome addresses after the keynote speech given by the Secretary of the Malaysian National Security Council, Datuk Mohammed Thajudeen bin Abdul Wahab.
Towards increasing the capacity for resilience to natural disasters and other shocks for the people and communities of the region, ESCAP is committed to cooperating with its partners in promoting the use of imagery and data from space-based platforms and applications in the broader context of inclusive and sustainable social and economic development to build a more resilient Asia-Pacific.