The United Nations International Conference on Space-Based Technologies for Disaster Risk Reduction ¨C "Building Resilience through Integrated Applications" opened on 23 October 2017 in Beijing, China and closed on 25 October 2017.The conference was co-organized by the UN-SPIDER Beijing Office of the UN Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and the Ministry of Civil Affairs of the People's Republic of China (PRC), in collaboration with the Asia Pacific Space Cooperation Organization (APSCO), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of PRC, the Ministry of Finance of PRC, and the Department of Systems Engineering, China National Space Administration (CNSA). The World Bank also supported the conference.
About one hundred participants from governments, industries and academia covering 34 countries and eight regions participated in the conference. Dr.Li Xinjun, the Secretary-General of APSCO led the APSCO delegation, comprising 15 participants from APSCO Member States participated in the conference. Dr.Li Xinjun addressed the opening ceremony and mentioned that APSCO has been actively supporting the UN-SPIDER Conference for the past few years and APSCO was dedicated to promoting technological advancement and multilateral international cooperation in space-related affairs across the Asia-Pacific region. One of APSCO¡¯s most important missions is to promote the use of space-based technologies for disaster monitoring. APSCO Secretariat has always been staying true to its mission, by placing a high value on and actively supporting the related activities.
The conference was also used to network for negotiating few agreements between Ministry of Civil Affairs, the People's Republic of China, and United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs related to Chinese support to the UN-SPIDER Beijing office.
The conference comprised a keynote session, five plenary sessions, six parallel working group sessions, a concluding session consisting with 45 presentations and institutional visits to two organizations. Experts and officials from different parts of the world had deliberations in the plenary sessions and parallel working groups. The institutional visits took place at the National Disaster Reduction Centre of China (NDRCC) and the China Academy of Space Technology (CAST) Exhibition Centre.