On September 18, 2019, Dr. Einar Bjørgo, the Director of the Division for Satellite Analysis and Applied Research at the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), visited LIESMARS. During the visit, he met and exchanged ideas with students and professors, resulting in a collaboration plan for UNITAR and LIESMARS.
Dr. Bjørgo gave a speech titled “UNOSAT – satellite imagery analysis and capacity building in support of humanitarian relief and development”. This speech focused on the use of remote sensing techniques for disaster reduction, and climate change response, as well as advancing the UN 2030 Agenda. He also discussed refugee camp satellite monitoring using deep learning techniques. His speech highlighted the key role that remote sensing technology has played and improved the operational knowledge at the U.N.
After the speech, Dr. Bjørgo had a meeting with LIESMARS representatives including Prof. Li Deren, Vice Director Prof. Wu Huayi and Associate Professor Li Xi, as well as other representatives, including Ms. Hu Sijia from the Office of International Affairs of Wuhan University. During the meeting, the two sides discussed the collaboration content including internships, opening a U.N. training center branch at Wuhan University, potential research projects, and finalized a concrete plan agenda. LIESMARS will send interns to UNITAR in the early 2020, to support UNITAR’S work on the U.N. 2030 sustainable development goals.
The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) is an autonomous body within the United Nations, which was established in 1965 pursuant to a United Nations General Assembly resolution. It is governed by a Board of Trustees, with the mission to develop the individual, institutional, and organizational capacities of countries and other United Nations stakeholders through high quality learning solutions, related knowledge products, and services to enhance decision-making and to support country-level action to overcome global challenges.
(Reported by Shi Lite, Photographer: Zhang Hua, Wan Aiping)