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United Nations/Azerbaijan Workshop on the International Space Weather Initiative: The Sun, Space Weather and Geosphere was jointly organized by the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs and
the Baku State University with the support of the International Committee on Global Navigation Satellite Systems (ICG) 31 October - 4 November 2022.The main objectives of this workshop are to continue efforts in the deployment of instruments in developing nations and interpretation of space weather data; to focus on new research results and findings; and at the same time aim at strengthening international coordination and cooperation on space weather products and services.
The expected outcomes of the workshop will be recommendations for improved collection, exchange and delivery of space weather data, as well as improved operational analysis, modelling and forecasting methods through the promotion of best practices, suggestions of means to improve accuracy, reliability and interoperability.
The discussions at the Workshop will also be linked to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and to its targets set out for Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). The workshop will contribute to:
SDG 4: Quality Education: Continuation of the efforts in space weather education in order to better define and characterize severe space weather events and their probability of occurrence and assess their impacts on technological systems.
SDG 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure: In the area of protecting infrastructure from space weather. Effects on the ground can include damage and disruption to power distribution networks, increased pipeline corrosion, and degradation of radio communications.
SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals: International coordination of operational space weather services, including monitoring, forecasting.
The observations and recommendations emanating from the workshop will be disseminated in form of report of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) to the United Nations General Assembly.