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:
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO)
Argentine Space Agency (CONAE)
United States Geological Survey (USGS) as part of the U.S. team
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)
UK Space Agency (BNSC in 2005) / DMCii
China National Space Administration (CNSA)
German Aerospace Center (DLR)
Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI)
National Institute For Space Research - Brazilian Institute (INPE)
European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT)
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 November 1, 2000.
Charter brochure (pdf, 20.1 Mb)