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Cyberspace panel to mitigate human afflictions

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The 43rd session of the Scientific and Technical Subcommittee of the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS), held in Vienna has just concluded. In a two week long agenda the Subcommittee discussed matters related to remote sensing of earth by satellites, including applications for developing countries and monitoring of earth’s environment. The Committee held a workshop on disaster management involving communication and meteorological satellite operators. It also considered the use of nuclear power sources in outer space under a multi-year work plan, including a potential technical safety framework. On telemedicine it heard presentations on bilateral or multilateral projects to develop further space-based applications to monitor outbreaks of avian flu, Chagas’ disease, malaria and yellow fever, among others. The Subcommittee urged Member States to continue to cooperative in developing countries in order to bring them better health-care services.

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