CNES promotes Space in support of Climate at the United Nations

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The Climate Action Summit took place from the 22nd to the 29th of September at the headquarters of the United Nations in New York. In this context, CNES was represented by its President, Jean-Yves Le Gall accompanied by Nicolas Maubert, Space Counselor of the Embassy of France in Washington D.C. Together they participated in several events promoting the major role played by space systems in supporting climate related actions.

On Sunday 22nd of September, the Space Applications for Climate Action conference took place in the presence of Maria Patek (Ministry of Development of Austria), Donatienne Hissard (Ministry of Foreign Affairs of France), Chebet Maikut (Ministry of the Environment of Uganda), Simonetta Di Pippo (UNOOSA) and Lori Garver (Earthrise Alliance, USA). This event, organized by CNES and UNOOSA at the headquarters of the UNDP (United Nations Development Program), was an opportunity to emphasize the value and use of space data to monitor and predict climate evolutions. Among the 50 essential variables to monitor climate defined by the World Meteorological Organization, 26 come directly from space data. In this context, the Observatoire Spatial du Climat (SCO- Space Climate Observatory) created by CNES during the Paris Air Show in June 2019 was presented as an essential instrument of international cooperation and data sharing.

On Monday 23rd of September, UNOOSA organized a “Space4All” event on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly gathering the main public and private players of Space to remind the efforts led so that space data and applications are used and shared for the benefits of all, particularly emerging countries. Several private players presented their actions (Virgin Galactic, Maxar Technologies, Avio) in the presence of Jim Morhard (Deputy Administrator of NASA), Scott Pace (Executive Secretary of the National Space Council), Emanuela Del Re (Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Italy) and Alexandre Chiteme (Ministry of Development of Zambia).

Join us on the CNES booth during the International Astronautical Congress (www.iac2019.org) which will take place in Washington D.C. from the 21st to the 25th of October.

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