Release of the Local Perspectives and Case Studies Feature
Local Perspectives address a specific water resource management or ecological issue in a certain locality. Local Perspectives will be collected, screened, and categorised by UNOOSA. Depending on the target audience of the call, some of the collected perspectives (detailed and clear descriptions / case studies with technical parameters to be provided) will be publicly shared on the Space4Water Portal so that solution providers can learn about user needs, others will be collected and published in a curated format, maybe with more user interaction possibilities than a traditional case study.
Partners sign Agreement for six years
The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and the Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water (PSIPW) have renewed their long-standing agreement to promote the use of space-based technology for better water resource management for six years until 31 December 2026.
Release of the Meet a Young Professional Feature
Similar to the Meet a Professional Feature, this feature released in September 2020 as a new section to the website, introduces young professionals by means of a profile including a biography, thematic focus of their work, links to projects and publications as well as contact details. Furthermore, UNOOSA interviews these young professionals to showcase what the young generation is capable of and what their wishes, fears and solutions related to water look like
Release of the Dataset Search Feature
In June UNOOSA released the dataset search feature. This feature was implemented in collaboration with the Group on Earth Observations. UNOOSA was the first actor to implement their newly released search widget for the Next GEOSS platform.
Release of the Meet a Professional Feature
The Meet a Professional Feature was released in December as a new section to the website, at which professionals are featured by means of a profile including a biography, thematic focus of their work, links to projects and publications as well as contact details. UNOOSA interviews these distinguished professionals from all over the world to provide a more personal relation to the extraordinary contributions to space technologies and water sector, and to inspire other's for a career in this interesting field.
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.
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:
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.
United Nations / Morocco 3rd International Conference on the Use of Space Technology for Water Management
Co-organized by UNOOSA, Morocco and PSIPW
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.
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.
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).
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)
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.