The 21st Session of the Intergovernmental Consultative Committee (ICC) on the Regional Space Applications Programme for Sustainable Development (RESAP)

9 Oct 2017 to 12 Oct 2017
Bangkok, Thailand

The 21st session of the Intergovernmental Consultative Committee (ICC-21) on the Regional Space Applications Programme for Sustainable Development (RESAP) will be held in conjunction with the fifth session of the Committee on Disaster Risk Reduction (CDRR-5) in Bangkok, from 9 to 12 October 2017, as a part of ESCAP’s Disaster Resilience Week.

For nearly 22 years, ESCAP’s Regional Space Applications Programme for Sustainable Development (RESAP) has been promoting regional cooperation to enhance the use of space technology applications and geospatial data for sustainable development and disaster risk reduction in the Asia-Pacific region. ICC-21 will be an important event to discuss the progress and achievements of member States in the areas of space technologies and geospatial data under the Asia-Pacific Plan of Action for Space Applications and GIS for Sustainable Development (2012-2017).

Taking account of lessons-learned, newly emerging challenges and regional priorities and recent global mandates, such as the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, and the Paris Climate Agreement, ICC-21 will review and discuss the proposed draft Asia-Pacific Plan of Action for Space Applications (2018-2030) (and welcome new members of RESAP).

In connection with the events taking place during the ESCAP’s Disaster Resilience Week, ICC-21 will also bring together stakeholders from governments, technical institutions and academia, the international community, civil societies, and the private sector to discuss and exchange perspectives on issues related to Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), such as multi-hazard early warning systems, space applications for DRR, e-resilience, and disaster information management with the aim to improving disaster resilience and ensuring coherence across the 2030 Agenda, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, and other relevant global frameworks. These discussions will feed into the deliberations of the CDRR-5, the key regional platform for dialogue and intergovernmental collaboration on disaster risk reduction. For this purpose, ICC-21 and CDRR-5 will hold a joint session on regional cooperation for promoting space technology and geospatial data applications for sustainable development and disaster risk reduction.