The 57th session of the Scientific and Technical Subcommittee of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space commenced today in Vienna.
The global event, which serves as a point of convergence for its 95 Member States, including 19 African countries and other stakeholders in the space industry, will focus on deliberations on the scientific and technical aspects of space activities, such as space weather, NEOs and space for socio-economic development.
Agenda at the meeting include the adoption of the agenda, a statement by the chair, general exchanges of views, space weather and long-term sustainability of outer space activities.
So far, the event has emphasised using science, technology and innovation for accelerating progress towards the SDGs with points indicating key areas for STI action in support of the achievement of the entire range of SDGs, especially, through addressing trade-offs, realizing synergies and accelerating progress towards the overarching objective of ‘leaving no one behind’.
The meeting also features a dialogue to straighten security and stability, amongst other topics.
Still to come on the event schedule are special presentations by physical parameters of near-Earth objects from radar observations; ISU Team Project Sustainable Moon; System of earth’s remote sensing in IKI and international collaboration, etc. The event will run until the 14th of February.
Last year’s committee meeting had five African countries in attendance, including Algeria, Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria and South Africa. Space in Africa will follow up with major highlights and Africa’s participation at the meeting this year.
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