APSCO delegation attended the United Nations International Conference on Space-based Technologies for Disaster Risk Reduction – ‘Lessons learned during the unprecedented pandemic situation, organized by the United Nations Platform for Space-based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response (UN-SPIDER), in Beijing, China – the UN-SPIDER Beijing Office by video conference from 24-25 November 2020.
The conference was focus on sharing the lessons learned during an unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic situation, especially in employing space-based tools and geospatial information to curb the virus outbreak through precise information on hazards, risks, vulnerability and early warning of the upcoming disasters to keep the communities safe and plan an effective emergency response.
As long-term partner of UNOOSA, APSCO delegation was invited to join the conference. Dr. Wang Yong from State Key Lab of Resources and Environmental Information System (LREIS), Institute of Geographical Sciences and Natural Resources Research (IGSNRR), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) was nominated by the Secretariat of APSCO to make a presentation in Session 2 “Space technology contribution during pandemics such as COVID-19 and other Infectious Disease” with topic “Applications of space-based infectious disease detection models and enlightenment for COVID-19 control”.
In total, more than 200 participants from governments, industries and academia covering 50 countries and regions including 26 participants nominated by APSCO participated in the conference. The conference comprised 4 sessions, 30 experts and officials from different parts of the world, who made presentations and shared their work and achievements in the sessions.