A report by the United Nations Office of Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and the World Meteorological Organization, Space and Climate Change -- Use of Space-based Technologies in the United Nations System, is now available. In a foreword, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon wrote that "climate change threatens to have a catastrophic impact on ecosystems and the future prosperity, security and well-being of all humankind. The potential consequences extend to virtually all aspects of sustainable development – from food, energy and water security to broader economic and political stability. Global observing systems, including those from space, play an important role in helping to gauge these threats."
The report describes how United Nations organizations use the information provided by space-based technologies to monitor the Earth’s climate system and support decision-making about climate change adaptation, prediction and mitigation. It also provides an overview of the global observing systems co-sponsored by WMO and other U.N. organizations and the International Council for Science.
"United Nations organizations are making full use of space-based technologies in our shared quest to build a safer, better world for all. I commend this publication to all who desire a clear understanding of how these technologies are enhancing our ability to manage planet Earth and to address the critical challenges facing the human family," said the U.N. Secretry-General.
The report was published ahead of the 17th Session of the Conference of the Parties of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). held in Durban, South Africa, and is now available in electronic format.
An electronic version of the report can be obtained at http://www.oosa.unvienna.org/pdf/publications/WMO-1081-SCCE.pdf
A paper copy can be obtained by sending an e-mail to Ms Yingchu Chu at: