Planet Earth: from Space to Place

Planet Earth: From Space to Place was the first intersectoral exhibition organized by UNESCO. It was shown during its 34th General Conference in 2007, in anticipation of the International year of Planet Earth (2008).  

Using plasma screens, this exhibition highlights the diversity and complexity of our planet, explores current challenges, in particular climate change, and showcases UNESCO’s contribution to its sustainable development. The Exhibition emphasizes the interdisciplinary assets of UNESCO by showing that all disciplines –natural, social and human sciences, culture, education, communication and information– must work together towards a common goal: protecting our Earth.

UNESCO’s activities are explained through panels, photographs and multimedia with particular emphasis on the role of remote sensing in monitoring from space the changes on Earth, especially those that affect  ecosystems, biodiversity, hydrology and heritage.

Planet Earth: from Space to Place was inaugurated during the opening ceremony of the General Conference on 16 October 2007 by Mr Koïchiro Matsuura, Director General of UNESCO, in the presence of Carl XVI Gustaf, King of Sweden.

Space partners bringing space science and technology closer to society

A particular aspect was to illustrate the assistance that space partners are providing to UNESCO. Several plasma screens displayed a series of examples on space technologies applied to the documentation, preservation and monitoring of UNESCO labeled sites. The  European Space Agency (ESA) provided a major contribution, showing satellite images of earth, the atmosphere, ice and oceans in the Conference Foyer. ESA also presented activities of the  ESA/UNESCO Open Initiative that aim to provide assistance to World Heritage sites.

The exhibition was visited by UNESCO member state delegations, including Heads of State, Ministers of Education, Science and Communication, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations and foundations.

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