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14 OCTOBER 2010
RP SUPPORTS GLOBAL COOPERATION ON USE OF OUTER SPACE TECHNOLOGIES TO ADDRESS CLIMATE CHANGE
14 October 2010 , New York – The Philippines today threw its support behind increasing global efforts to use outer space-based technologies that will equip countries to better deal with disasters and calamities.
In a statement delivered at the United Nations headquarters here, Permanent Representative to the United Nations Libran N. Cabactulan shared the Philippine experience in the aftermath of tropical storm Ketsana and typhoon Parma last year when the country benefited from space-based technology through the UN Platform for Space-Based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response (UN-SPIDER).
“We witnessed how useful and effective satellite imagery can be in monitoring the movement of typhoons, especially if such data are sent to vulnerable communities in a timely manner,” Ambassador Cabactulan told members of the Special Political and Decolonization Committee.
The UN-SPIDER program ensures that countries, as well as international and regional organizations, gain access to and develop the capacity to use all types of space-based information to support the full disaster management cycle.
The Philippines serves as host to one of UN-SPIDER’s Regional Support Offices.
In his statement, Ambassador Cabactulan pointed out to the Committee that “President Aquino is resolute in reviewing and improving the country’s weather forecasting system to ensure immediate government response.”
“Cognizant that information is key in planning for any calamity, President Aquino is prioritizing improvements in the dissemination of information, such as finding ways to inform fishermen who cannot afford radio equipment of weather changes so they can immediately go back to shore,” he added.
Ambassador Cabactulan also reiterated the Philippines’ call on the need for available and accurate statistics to support disaster reduction.
He added that the Philippines encourages activities that promote and inform peoples of the benefits of space technology especially in the areas of disaster management and climate change.
“The Philippines is confident that as we have all come to recognize the usefulness of outer space applications in addressing the climate change challenge, we will be able to find ways and means to make such tools available to all countries that remain, and will continue to be vulnerable to disasters and calamities,” the Philippine Ambassador said. END
Reference:Robert E.A. Borje
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