PS4-5 : Space science and technologies to advance health-related sustainable development goals


This year, the world celebrates the 50th anniversary of the United Nations Conference on the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (1968–2018): UNISPACE+50. The use of space science and technologies significantly contributes to our daily lives and has transformative power when applied to public health practice. In this session, the panelists will discuss various applications of space science and technology that are already in use in public health as well as the need for appropriate national-level policies and governance mechanisms.



The objective of the session is to foster dialogue about better utilization of space-based data and technologies in addressing global health.  The session will showcase select global health initiatives and their various uses of space technologies, data access, data provision services and information sharing.



Krishnamurthy RameshChairmanWHOSwitzerland
Archinard NatáliaHead of the Education, Science, Transport and Space Section, (Sectoral Foreign Policies Division), Federal Department of Foreign AffairsSwitzerland
Di Pippo Simonetta United Nations Office of Outer Space AffairsAustria
Geissbuhler AntoineChair of the Working Group on Space and Global Health of the Scientific and Technical Subcommittee (United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space), University of Geneva,Switzerland
Hatton JasonEuropean Space Agency (ESA) ESTECThe Netherlands
Ryan Barbara J.Group on Earth Observations (GEO)Switzerland




PS : Parallel session PS-5 : Communication