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Satellite Imagery Helping to Monitor Cultural Heritage Sites under Threat

30 June 2016, Geneva, Switzerland – Cultural heritage around the world suffers from intentional attacks, collateral damage, looting and the effects of natural disasters. Reaching affected sites and areas quickly to monitor the situation, plan for restoration and prevent further loss often proves very difficult. Thanks to a partnership between UNESCO and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), satellite images developed through UNITAR’s UNOSAT programme in 2015 have been contributing to the work of UNESCO and heritage experts to evaluate and protect sites in Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Nepal.

A new UNESCO-UNITAR summary report demonstrates how satellite imagery analysis is an increasingly important tool for assessing potential damage to cultural heritage sites.

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Empowered through GIT

10 June, 2016 Dhaka, Bangladesh – UNITAR’s Operational Satellite Applications Programme (UNOSAT) has completed the advanced training of 16 disaster management professionals from 10 line ministries of the Bangladesh government. The training was focused on advanced operational applications of Geospatial Information Technology (GIT) for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR). The course was delivered in collaboration with the Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre (ADPC) in Dhaka, Bangladesh from 29 May to 02 June 2016, in the Bangladesh Space Research and Remote Sensing Organization (SPARRSO) premises.

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UNOSAT Encourages Girls to Consider Tech Career Choices

27 May 2016, Geneva, Switzerland – When you are young, you imagine what your future could be and think about eventual career choices. Believe it or not, we still face numerous barriers when it comes time to choose a career path. One of them is linked to the high number of stereotypes based on gender. Many still think that women are more suited for the arts and support roles while men are better suited for math and engineering. This year, we, at UNOSAT, became directly involved in the Girls in ICT Day (Information and Communication Technology). This initiative from ITU (International Telecommunication Union) aims at raising awareness on empowering and encouraging girls and young women to consider studies and careers in ICT.

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