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    Vienna, 28 August 2013

    Media Advisory

    The media is invited to attend the

    Launch of the Report

    'The Value of Geo-Information for Disaster and Risk Management (VALID): Benefit Analysis and Stakeholder Assessment'


    Tuesday 3 September 2013, at 1.30 p.m.

    at the Vienna International Centre (VIC), Room C3, Building C

    The Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) will present a new report which shows the economic, humanitarian and organizational benefits of applying geoinformation to disaster management.

    The report was edited by Professor Orhan Altan of the Istanbul Technical University and Member of the Executive Board of the International Council for Science. The publication aims to raise awareness and to help set priorities in research and development.

    The VALID report is a follow-up publication to the Joint Board of Geospatial Information Societies (JBGIS) and UNOOSA/UN-SPIDER published 'Geoinformation for Disaster and Risk Management - Examples and Best Practices', a compilation of case studies that provides information on what can be done with geoinformation in support of disaster and risk management - methods, systems, applications, experiences. It analyses cases and offers an expert stakeholder assessment.

    Speakers include:

    Mazlan Othman,
    Director of UNOOSA and Deputy Director-General of UNOV

    Prof. Orhan Altan
    Istanbul Technical University
    The Chairs of the Joint Board of Geospatial Information Societies (JBGIS) and the International Council for Science (ICSU) GEOUNIONS

    Robert Backhaus
    United Nations Platform for Space-based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response (UN-SPIDER/DLR)

    Luc St-Pierre

    Presentations will be followed by a Q&A session.

    Participation requires a VIC grounds pass. Media representatives who wish to attend and who are not accredited to the VIC should contact

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    For more information please contact:

    Luc St-Pierre
    United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA)
    Telephone: (+43-1) 26060-4958