About the Charter

Following the UNISPACE III conference held in Vienna, Austria in July 1999, the European and French space agencies (ESA and CNES) initiated the International Charter "Space and Major Disasters", with the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) signing the Charter on 20 October 2000.

The following agencies subsequently joined the Charter as members:

  • September 2001

    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO)

  • July 2003

    Argentine Space Agency (CONAE)

  • 2005

    United States Geological Survey (USGS) as part of the U.S. team

  • February 2005

    Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

  • November 2005

    UK Space Agency (BNSC in 2005) / DMCii

  • May 2007

    China National Space Administration (CNSA)

  • October 2010

    German Aerospace Center (DLR)

  • July 2011

    Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI)

  • November 2011

    National Institute For Space Research - Brazilian Institute (INPE)

  • July 2012

    European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT)

  • May 2013

    Russian Federal Space Agency (ROSCOSMOS)

The International Charter aims at providing a unified system of space data acquisition and delivery to those affected by natural or man-made disasters through Authorized Users. Each member agency has committed resources to support the provisions of the Charter and thus is helping to mitigate the effects of disasters on human life and property.

The International Charter was declared formally operational on 01 November 2000.

Documents:

Charter brochure (pdf, 20.1 Mb)