The Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) promotes and coordinates regional cooperation for economic and social development in the Asia-Pacific region. Within ESCAP, the Space Technology Applications Section oversees the Regional Space Applications Programme for Sustainable Development (RESAP), which conducts space-related activities throughout the Asia-Pacific region.
RESAP was initiated in 1994 at the First Ministerial Conference on Space Applications for Development, Beijing. The vision of the programme is to contribute to the region's goals in sustainable development. The main objective of RESAP is to promote space applications for environment and sustainable development in the region by assisting the countries in the implementation of Agenda 21.
The second phase of the programme (RESAP II) started in 1999 at the Second Ministerial Conference, New Delhi. Objective of RESAP-II is to promote operational utilization of space technology and equitable sharing of benefits from space technology for sustainable development and improved quality of life in the Asia-Pacific region, in achieving development goals set by global summits. It emphasizes on capacity-building at technical, policy and institutional levels in issues relevant to operational space technology applications, through promoting regional cooperative mechanisms for less capable countries' easy access to and utilization of appropriate space information products and services for achieving these development goals.
RESAP focused priority areas include disaster management, environment and natural resources, management, education and health development, connectivity for under-serviced areas and communities.
Through its space applications programme, ESCAP has been instrumental in providing policy recommendations, promoting regional cooperative mechanisms through harmonization of regional/ global initiatives, organizing intergovernmental and regional working group meetings, and supporting education and training activities. For more information, refer to the following website: http://www.unescap.org/icstd/space/index.asp