IPP CommonSensing is led by UNOSAT, the Operational Satellite Applications programme of the United Nationals Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR).
Established in 2001, UNOSAT provides satellite imagery analysis and capacity development to the UN system, its member states, and other partners. From their offices in Geneva, Switzerland, Nairobi, Kenya and Bangkok, Thailand, UNOSAT supports evidence-based decision making for peace, security and resilience. The products and services provided are used to minimize the impact of disasters, in response to humanitarian crises and to support the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
As project lead, UNOSAT directs the project and partners towards successful delivery. This includes overseeing the operational needs, the project's budget and liaising with the Steering Committee. With support from the project management team, UNOSAT ensures that all the resources and needs are met to provide an enabling environment and for all the contributors to focus on the delivery of the products. Through the three In-Country Experts hired in Fiji, Vanuatu, and the Solomon Islands, UNOSAT also supports the consortium’s engagement towards local governments.
Capacity development is a pillar of the CommonSensing project, as it is important to ensure the stakeholders in Fiji, Vanuatu and Solomon Islands have all the tools and knowledge to make the best use out of the delivered products. UNOSAT has considerable experience in capacity development on Earth-Observation technology and tools worldwide. Awareness-raising events on the benefits of using such technologies for disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation is essential. Our training experts are also developing learning experiences for each of the three countries to ensure that stakeholders can understand and process geospatial and climate information for operational planning and to support decision making.
It is essential for the CommonSensing project to deliver products that address the need of each of the countries and that are well integrated into their processes. To this end, UNOSAT leads sustainability efforts through the delivery of a sustainability action plan and sustainability roadmap. This encourages all consortium partners in developing tailored technology products with a long-lasting impact. It also supports the countries through strengthening their climate finance capacities and ensuring knowledge transfer so that they can meaningfully use the products beyond the project period.
Monitoring and evaluation
UNOSAT’s team continuously collects and analyses data on all aspects of the project to assess the progress on expected results and provide inputs on learning and quality development. The delivery of reports supports the project management team and partners with an evidence-based evaluation of the project’s health.