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DOI: 10.5593/sgem2017/62/S28.121

SPACE ACTIVITIES AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

D. Prunariu, I. Tulbure
Tuesday 12 September 2017 by Libadmin2017

References: 17th International Multidisciplinary Scientific GeoConference SGEM 2017, www.sgem.org, SGEM2017 Conference Proceedings, ISBN 978-619-7408-13-3 / ISSN 1314-2704, 29 June - 5 July, 2017, Vol. 17, Issue 62, 947-954 pp, DOI: 10.5593/sgem2017/62/S28.121

ABSTRACT

The technological progress did assure in the past the desire of the humanity to increase the quality of life. The developments did however emphasize that beside wanted effects of technological progress, undesired effects can appear. In order to find solutions for this dilemma, global debates on scientific and political levels started some time ago. In the Brundtland Report 1987 the concept of sustainable development has been defined and accepted as a possible solution for the global complex problems. When considering the mobility field, the current vision is to develop mobility by respecting the concept of sustainable development, i.e. by shaping sustainable mobility. In this regard Technology Assessment has to be used, which tries to give an answer to the question regarding which are the technologies that we need, and how do these technologies integrate into environment and society? Specific evaluation criteria should be considered in sustainability decision-making processes also regarding Space Activities. Using Space Activities for getting Sustainable Development means also setting up regional and global Emergency Programs in order to support disaster response operations through the provision of satellite data. In this regard the United Nations Platform for Space-based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response (UN-SPIDER), organized in accordance with the UN General Assembly resolution 61/110 of 14 December 2006, is implemented as an open network of providers of space-based solutions in order to support disaster management activities. With the vision of getting Sustainable Space Activities, the UN-SPIDER program should be implemented in the future, where systemic thinking is per-se required. The role and challenges of Space Activities will be debated for getting global sustainability and its possible contribution.

Keywords: Space Activities, UN-Spider, Sustainable Development, Technology Assessment, Systemic thinking