This important workshop recently took place along side the recent COPUOS gathering in Vienna. Full details on this workshop is now available at this website (click here) See attached pdf for guidance.
I present the opening paragraph of the Convener's Note below:
The United States organized and convened a workshop on Space Weather Societal Impacts, held on the margins of the 55th Meeting of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS), in Vienna on 8 June 2012. The purpose of this workshop was to focus the attention of space weather experts and national delegations participating in the United Nations on the societal impacts of space weather events, with particular attention to the needs of developing nations. In focusing on societal impacts, the workshop helped the UN Office of Outer Space Affairs meet the mandate set forth by the member states in the agenda item on the International Space Weather Initiative (ISWI). ISWI has enjoyed a great deal of success in implementing research observatories around the world, but has had less success in articulating the potential impact of space weather events to developing countries.
see ISWI website for the full text (click here)
More discussion of the above matters will occur during the "UN/Ecuador Workshop on ISWI" which takes place in Ecuador during 8 - 12 October 2012. (Soon.)
Most faithfully yours,|
Editor of ISWI Newsletter
Hakozaki Campus, Kyushu University, Japan.
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