History

2018

Launch of the Space4Water Portal

during the 8th PSIPW Award Ceremony hosted at the United Nations Headquarters in New York the Space4Water Portal was officially launched. UNOOSA continues to improve the portal.

2018

United Nations / Pakistan / Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water 4th International Conference on the Use of Space Technology for Water Management

Co-organized by UNOOSA, the Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO) and PSIPW:

2016

Signing of the MoU and a Funding Agreement between UNOOSA and PSIPW

UNOOSA and PSIPW agreed to re-focus the water portal effort agreed to in 2008 to the more precise thematic of space solutions for water related monitoring and management. The MoU signed enabled UNOOSA to recruit a dedicated staff member part-time for the Space for Water Portal development, and for its continuing maintenance and content updates after the planned launch in late 2018.

2014

United Nations / Morocco 3rd International Conference on the Use of Space Technology for Water Management

Co-organized by UNOOSA, Morocco and PSIPW

2012

Official Presentation of the International Water Portal (first version) at the COPUOS Scientific and Technical Subcommittee

The International Water Portal was officially unveiled at the meeting of the COPUOS Scientific and Technical Subcommittee, which was held in Vienna Austria from 6-17 February 2012. Recommendations from the committee were sought for the improvement of the portal. These recommendations were subsequently implemented.

2011

United Nations / Argentina 2nd International Conference on the Use of Space Technology for Water Management

Co-organized by UNOOSA, the Comision Nacional De Actividades Espaciales (CONAE) of Argentina and PSIPW.

2009

Committee for the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS), enhanced cooperation

After preliminary investigations by the PSIPW team, the vision of the project was expanded to that of an interactive database for water researchers, water organizations, companies, and water professionals, which would have added networking functionality where water specialists could contact one another, exchange information, and add contributions to a searchable online water library. The goal of the new project would be to gather together all parties involved in the water issues in one place to enhance international cooperation, communication, and access to information. This new vision was presented by the PSIPW delegation at the following meeting of the Committee for the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS).

2008

United Nations / UNESCO / Saudi Arabia International Conference on the Use of Space Technology for Water Management, in Riyadh

Co-organized by UN-OOSA, UNESCO, Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water (PSIPW), and the King Abdulaziz Center for Science & Technology (KACST)

2007

First cooperation agreement between UNOOSA and PSIPW established

The informal agreement allowed for the development of the first version of an international water portal, and established the multi-year series of conferences co-organized by the parties to address space technologies for water management.