Twenty Years of Saving Lives from Space; how space agencies are contributing to relief efforts through the "International Charter Space and Major Disasters"

Day: Wednesday 27 October
Time: 18:00-19:00 GST
Location: Sheikh Rashid Hall, Dubai World Trade Centre

Saving lives and reducing human suffering in disasters is a key objective of many space agencies. Limiting or assessing the extent of damage is critical to relief organizations and first responders and space agencies attempt to provide critical and timely information that enables all of these objectives. The agencies contribute their data and information via the Charter, known as International Charter 'Space and Major Disasters'. This plenary event will discuss the Charter objectives, the breadth of the applications and its relationship to societal development goals, and the benefits in both saving of lives and assessment of property loss. This event celebrates of the signing of the Charter more than 20 years ago. The speakers will be the senior representatives of the three original signers of the Charter – ESA, CNES, and CSA.

Moderator

Harry CIKANEK

Chair, IAF Earth Observations Committee

United States

Speakers

Josef ASCHBACHER

Director General, European Space Agency (ESA)

France

Philippe BAPTISTE

President, Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES)

France

Lisa CAMPBELL

President, Canadian Space Agency (CSA)

Canada