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Who we are

UNOSAT is the UNITAR Operational Satellite Applications Programme, implemented with the support of the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) and in partnership with UN and non-UN organisations.

UNOSAT is a technology-intensive programme delivering imagery analysis and satellite solutions to relief and development organisations within and outside the UN system to help make a difference in critical areas such as humanitarian relief, human security, strategic territorial and development planning. UNOSAT develops applied research solutions keeping in sight the needs of the beneficiaries at the end of the process.

UNOSAT team with the Secretary General

The UNOSAT core team consists of UN fieldworkers as well as satellite imagery analysts and GIS experts supported by IT and database engineers. This unique combination gives us the ability to understand the needs of our users and to provide them with suitable, tailored solutions anywhere at any time.

UNOSAT created an extended network of public and private partners, and collaborates with the majority of UN agencies, space agencies and several international initiatives active in satellite technology geospatial information.

Our mission is to deliver integrated satellite-based solutions for human security, peace and socio-economic development, in keeping with the mandate given to UNITAR by the UN General Assembly since 1963.

Our goal is to make satellite solutions and geographic information easily accessible to the UN family and to experts worldwide who work at reducing the impact of crises and disasters and help nations plan for sustainable development.

Photo credit UNITAR/UNOSAT, Cedric Serbat