Dear members and friends,

In recent years and especially over the last few months, there has been a lot of news about Outer Space as more nations plant their flags on the Moon and Mars. Within the UN, there is sure to be some apprehension over whether Earth-based rivalries will be transplanted elsewhere, notably as China and the USA square off on more issues.

However, there is also reason for rejoicing, as technological advances in the use of Near Space and Geo-space (as some scientists call certain layers surrounding the Earth that are home to satellites) are providing for cheaper, faster and more through “Earth Observation” (EO) with satellites. Among other things, with EO scientists are able to provide more timely support for warning about natural disasters and mitigating their impacts by guiding humanitarian responses.

On May 26/Wednesday from 11:00AM to 12:10PM, the prestigious US journal Foreign Policy and one of the world’s leading satellite firms, MAXAR, will host a panel on these matters. Among the panelist will be a senior official from the UN’s Office of Outer Space Affairs. For more details and to register, see below.

Yours, Shane Roberts (President)
National Capital Region Branch (NCRB), United Nations Association in Canada
On behalf of NCRB’s Executive Committee: Tara-Marie Andronek (Past President), Georgina Bencsik, Laura Bradbury, and Madison Kennedy-Jones.


Join FP for a fascinating conversation exploring the vital role of geospatial imaging supporting homeland security, disaster relief, and sustainable development efforts.

Whether using satellite imagery to detect outbreaks of violence in conflict hotspots, gain topographic and population data for emergency responses after natural disasters, or track atmospheric changes to anticipate impacts of climate change — without “eyes in the sky,” we often would be blind to threats or unfolding crises.

Tune in as we convene a high-caliber panel of experts from the defense, international development and multilateral sectors to discuss new developments in space-based capabilities and their innovative applications on the ground.
Interested in learning more?
Read FP Analytics’ latest issue brief on
The Implications of Geospatial Data for Responding to Crises

Speakers will include:
MG Charlie Cleveland, Associate Director for Operations, The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
Simonetta Di Pippo, Director, United Nations Office of Outer Space Affairs
Carrie Stokes, Chief Geographer and Director of the GeoCenter, USAID
Visit our website for more information on our program and speakers.
Event details:
Using Space-Based Technology for Eyes on the Ground
May 26, 2021
11:00 AM – 12:10 PM EDT


I look forward to seeing you online!

Andrew Sollinger
Publisher | Foreign Policy

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