During the 6-17 February meeting of the UN Committee for the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UN COPOUS) in Vienna, PSIPW unveiled the International Water Portal, a joint venture between the UN and PSIPW, where it received an overwhelmingly positive reception.
The portal is now undergoing its final stage of evaluation before being made widely availible to the public.
PSIPW is an observer member of UN COPOUS, where it provides its expertise on the application of space technologies to water-related concerns.
In this capacity, PSIPW sends a delegation to Vienna twice a year: to attend the general meeting of COPUOS every June and to serve on the Scientific and Technical Subcommittee every February.
The International Water Portal was originally envisioned as a water professional database, which would host information about water researchers from around the world.
It was commissioned as one of the resolutions published at the United Nations 1st International Conference on the Use of Space Technology for Water Management which was held in Riyadh in 2008 and co-organized by UN-OOSA, UNESCO, Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water (PSIPW), and the King Abdulaziz Center for Science & Technology (KACST).
After preliminary development of the database by the PSIPW team, the vision expanded to being an interactive database for water research, water organizations, companies, and water professionals, with added networking functionality where water specialists can contact one another, exchange information, and add to a searchable online water library.
The goal is to gather together all parties involved in the water issues in one place to enhance international cooperation, communication, and access to information.
This new vision was presented by the PSIPW delegation at the following COPUOS meeting in Vienna in 2009, where it was endorsed, adopted, and renamed the International Water Portal. It was agreed the portal will be hosted by PSIPW.