Space technology applications including satellite remote sensing, telecommunication, navigation and positing provide far-reaching solutions to pressing issues facing humanity, ranging from health – and notably the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic – education, food security, agriculture, energy, to disaster risk reduction and building resilience. Integrating geospatial data, existing statistics and ground-based information and exploiting new data sources, analytics, processes and tools will be instrumental to deliver timely, reliable and quality information necessary for governments, businesses, communities and citizens to take accountable actions and make evidenced-based decisions. In addition, the space economy is projected to grow while new start-ups disrupt the market, capitalizing on digitalization, the Internet of Things and adding to the spillover benefits of space investments in research and development.
ESCAP, as the secretariat of the Regional Space Applications Programme for Sustainable Development (RESAP) and the Secretariat of UN-GGIM-AP will organize the above webinar to discuss amongst stakeholders and cooperation partners in space community in the region, regarding how space technology applications and geospatial information can be best utilized to tackle the COVID-19 outbreak and potential future pandemics through enhanced regional cooperation.
The webinar aims to highlight and share good practices and lessons learned in member States in the Asian and Pacific region and explore how countries and regional organizations can strengthen collaboration to take collaborative actions to address future health related crisis by using space applications.