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Monday, October 22, 2007

UN/China Regional UN-SPIDER Workshop in Shenzen, China

From our daily mail. David Stevens wote from the UN-SPIDER of UN OOSA, Vienna:
Dear Colleagues, This is the last announcement for the "United Nations/China RegionalUN-SPIDER Workshop: Building Upon Regional Space-based Solutions forDisaster Management and Emergency Response" in Shenzhen, China, 03 to 05December 2007. Deadline for receiving your application has been extended to 31 October 2007. Please find attached the Information Note. Additional information can be found on our website: http://www.unoosa.org/oosa/en/unspider/workshops.html
The venue of the workshop will be at the superb MING WAH International Convention Center, Shenzhen, China. For self-funded participants the room rates are: Standard Room (single/double): RMB380/room/night (breakfast included). Deluxe rooms and Deluxe Suites are a bit more expensive. Check out: http://www.mhctr.com
The general objective of this workshop is to present the current status ofspace technology for disaster management and emergency response within the region;
Discuss the UN-SPIDER awareness raising strategy proposal buildingupon examples of similar successful strategies carried out by other organisations within the region;
Discuss the development of country profiles, user input for the establishment of a UN-SPIDER Knowledge Portaland capacity building needs in the region;
Define ways and means ofefficiently coordinating and interacting with National Focal Points and theNetwork of Regional Support Offices;
Reflect on the best concepts for delivering support to both national activities and to national planning andpolicies, that consider the use of space-based technologies, and;
Review and discuss activities to be carried out by National Focal Points with the support from UN-SPIDER and the Network of Regional Support Offices.
Participation is limited to 40 decision-makers and senior experts representing the following group: UN-SPIDER National Focal Points and experts from the Network of Regional Support Offices in East and Southeast Asia; Other national and regional institutions responsible for providing disaster management support; National and regional institutions responsiblefor building capacity and promoting the use of space-based technologies; UN agencies and NGOs involved in disaster mitigation and relief; Space agencies, and ; Academic institutions; Within the limited financial resources available, a number of selected international participants, representing institutions from East and Southeast Asia, will be offered financial support to attend this International UN-SPIDER Workshop.
If you have any additional questionsplease contact Mr. Georg Magerl (e-mail: georg.magerl@unvienna.org). Within its plan of work, UN-SPIDER is organizing a series of workshops and expert meeting bringing together experts and relevant professionals fromaround the world with the aim of discussing and shaping the future activities of this new programme. The latest information and materials related to these activities are available online at http://www.unoosa.org/oosa/en/unspider/workshops.html (Notice of the blogger: the file is downloadable at : http://www.fomi.hu/HUNAGI/pdf/2004/Shenzhen.pdf )
Best regards, David Stevens Programme Coordinator UN-SPIDER United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs Vienna - AustriaTel. ++43-(1)-26060-5631 - Skype: tazarkountFAX ++43-(1)-260607-5631 - E-Mail david.stevens@unvienna.org

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