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UNOOSA: Access to Space Technologies in Support of Disaster Management and in Addressing SDGs

CEU building
Friday, October 6, 2017, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

CEU Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy and

In-Service ICT Training for Environmental Professionals (ISEPEI) project 

cordially invite you to the talk by


Programme Officer, UNOOSA


OCTOBER 6, 2017 / 13:30 / NADOR UTCA 15, ROOM 103

Lorant Czaran’s talk will introduce the Office for Outer Space Affairs in the context of the United Nations, mention relevant treaties related to space utilization, and discuss some of the mandates of the Office, focusing on the United Nations Platform for Space-based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response (UN-SPIDER) and the Programme on Space Applications. He will address the current focus on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and assess how some of those goals are supported by space technologies. Finally, he will provide examples of the emergency activations of the International Charter Space and Major Disasters and Copernicus Emergency Management Service with a focus on the recent hurricanes, earthquakes and landslides that kept the emergency response and space data providers unusually busy over the last weeks.

Lorant Czaran is a Programme Officer in the Space Applications Section of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs since 2012, supporting both the Programme on Space Applications and UN-SPIDER, and is recognized across the community for his commitment towards innovative geospatial solutions in support of the UN system work. Since 1996 Mr. Czaran has worked at UNEP/GRID-Arendal in Norway, at the  UN Headquarters (Cartographic Section) on UNGIWG coordination and Security Council affairs, and later at the Department for Peacekeeping Operations where he helped produce the first in-house digital satellite imagery-based topographic maps at large scale (for the UN Disengagement Observer Force in the Golan Heights, Syria) He also worked on international boundary demarcation mapping projects (such as Cameroon-Nigeria or Eritrea-Ethiopia). Before joining UNOOSA in 2008 (first as Head of the UN-SPIDER Bonn Office until 2011), Mr. Czaran also served as the Map Centre Manager for ReliefWeb/UNOCHA. Mr. Czaran is an acting representative of the United Nations in specialized international bodies such as the Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS), ISO/TC211 and the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC).

All students, faculty and staff members are welcome to attend!