Mission goals and strategic priorities include: Act according to the European Commission INSPIRE principles and coordinate with the UNSDI development process. Support national/cross-border implementation of the INSPIRE Directive. Awareness raising on SDI at political level. Strengthen cohesion between stakeholders and other interested parties ie. public services, SMEs and SDICs. Provide synergies in local, regional, national and global dimensions with outreach towards EU neighbouring countries
From our daily mail: Levent Canturk of the UN OOSA Space Application Sector wrote today:
"We would like to inform you that the United Nations/Austria/European Space Agency Symposium on “Space Tools and Solutions for Monitoring the Atmosphere and Land Cover ” will be held in Graz, Austria from 9 to 12 September 2008. The Symposium is part of a series of annual symposia held in Graz since 2003 concerned with the use of space applications for sustainable development to support the Plan of Implementation of the World Summit on Sustainable Development. It will be hosted and co-sponsored by the Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs and the Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology of the Government of Austria, the State of Styria, the City of Graz and by the European Space Agency (ESA). Detailed information on the Symposium, including the application form, is available online at http://www.unoosa.org/oosa/SAP/act2008/graz/index.html. Within the limited funds available to the co-sponsors, a number of selected participants from developing countries and countries with economies in transition, will be offered financial support to attend the Symposium. Applicants fulfilling the conditions and seeking financial support are invited to fill out and return the application form by mail, no later than Friday, 20 June 2008. If you or your organization wishes to contribute to the Symposium, e.g. by making a presentation or demonstration of relevant space applications, or by sending representatives, please also do not hesitate to contact us. We also kindly ask you to forward this announcement to anyone who might be interested."