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UN-SPIDER September 2009 Updates

Conferences and Workshops>

1. UN-SPIDER’s SpaceAid Framework operational

2. Bonn to host two key UN Meetings – 10th UNGIWG Plenary and UN-SPIDER Workshop

3. UN-SPIDER Keynote Presentation at the International Symposium in Saudi Arabia

4. UN-SPIDER fortifies Capacity Building Strategy at UNU-ITC Seminar

5. UN-SPIDER staff members put heads together in first programme building retreat

6. UN-SPIDER helps develop guidelines for establishing ACPC Climate Activities Database

7. South Africa’s Sumbandilasat successfully in orbit, awaiting full

8. Micro-satellites MicroGEM offer improved earth monitoring

9. India launches Oceansat-2 for ocean study

10. Amid widespread droughts and crop failures, satellites could help prevent famines

11. Satellite Images from MODIS Sensor Cover Southern California Forest Fires

12. Satellites show ozone layer depletion levelling off

Conferences and Workshops>

AfricaGIS 2009: “Geo-spatial Information and Sustainable Development in Africa” in Kampala, Uganda, 26-30 October 2009

The Third MERIT Technical Meeting, Niger, 9-11 November 2009

Pacific Islands GIS&RS User Conference 2009, in Suva, Fiji, 1- 4 December 2009

The Third African Leadership Conference on Space Science and Technology for Sustainable Development ALC-2009 – Algiers, Algeria 7 – 9 December 2009

The Fourth Caribbean Conference on Comprehensive Disaster Management, Montego Bay, Jamaica 7 – 11 December 2009