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)
Russian Federal Space Agency (ROSCOSMOS)
Agencia Bolivariana para Actividades Espaciales (ABAE)
United Arab Emirates Space Agency (UAESA)
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 01 November 2000.
How the Charter Works
Learn about how to activate the Charter and how an activation is then processed by our international teams following approval.
How to become a user
Learn about how to participate in the Charter as an Authorised User through the principle of Universal Access, granting national disaster management authorities the ability to submit a request for activation.
Text of the Charter
Read the original text defining the goals and purpose of the Disasters Charter.