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Ambassador Khan Delivers Address at Big Weather Tech Meet

Fiji’s Permanent Representa­tive to the United Nations in Geneva, Ambassador Nazhat Shameem Khan, de­livered a keynote address this week at the Global Information Systems (GIS) for a Sustainable World Conference
04 May 2019 01:22
Ambassador Khan Delivers Address at Big Weather Tech Meet
Einar Bjorgo, Director for Division for Satellite Analysis and Applied Research manager and Fiji’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva, Ambassador Nazhat Shameem Khan.

Fiji’s Permanent Representa­tive to the United Nations in Geneva, Ambassador Nazhat Shameem Khan, de­livered a keynote address this week at the Global Information Systems (GIS) for a Sustainable World Conference held in Ge­neva.

Ambassador Khan spoke on the challenges encountered in the delivery of the Sustainable De­velopment Goals as a result of in­tense weather events and climate change.

She also reiterated on the impor­tance of the geospatial data gen­erated from the CommonSensing Project which was launched in Fiji, this year.

The project is coordinated through a partnership between Fiji, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, United Kingdom Space Agency, the United Nations Operation­al Satellite Applications Pro­gramme (UNOSAT) and the Unit­ed Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR).

Ambassador Khan emphasised on the importance of data in rela­tion to disaster risk management, which enabled the countries to prepare better for disasters and internal displacement.

She said the data which will now be available in a central platform will assist Fiji to predict weather patterns, to strengthen its disas­ter management strategies and plan accordingly its priorities for relocation of settlements.

“By developing satellite-based information services that directly match the challenges and needs for each country, the project will strengthen each country’s capac­ity to improve their climate resil­ience and disaster risk manage­ment,” Ambassador Khan said.

“CommonSensing support con­sists of two elements, geospatial and climate information and decision-making tools and capac­ity building for technical staff, specialised analysts and decision makers.

“The thematic focus areas are disaster risk, climate finance, food security, and climate infor­mation. Building climate resil­ience needs detailed understand­ing of future climate conditions, in both time and scale.”

The three-day conference is at­tended by scientists, humanitar­ian workers and States.

Source: DEPTFO News



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