In the year 2015, the Asia-Pacific Space Cooperation Organization (APSCO) and China National Space Administration (CNSA) jointly organized Asia-Pacific Space Cooperation Organization (APSCO) Development Strategy Forum with the theme of ¡°The Belt and Road Initiative for facilitating space capabilities building of the Asia Pacific countries¡± based on the visionary objectives of the Member States for exploitation of space and strengthening regional cooperation for its peaceful uses. The Forum was participated by National Space Administrators and representatives, Ambassadors/Diplomats from APSCO Member States, and Indonesia, Chile, Mexico, Sri Lanka. The Forum adopted the 2015 Beijing Declaration.
2015 Beijing Declaration
of the Asia-Pacific Space Cooperation Organization
Development Strategy Forum
27 Oct 2015, Beijing China.
Reviewing the accomplishments of APSCO in promoting the space capacity building in the Asia-Pacific Region since its establishment£¬ a need was felt to conceive realizable space science, technology and application programs based on the strategic visions of the Member States.
We, the heads and representatives of Space Agencies/Space Authorities from the APSCO Member States and Observer Countries, convened this Forum of APSCO on October 27, 2015 in Beijing, with the theme of ¡°The Belt and Road Initiative for facilitating space capabilities building of the Asia Pacific countries¡±.
We realize that it is our common responsibility to promote the space capacity building in the Asia-Pacific Region.
We believe that the objective of jointly building a community of shared interests, responsibility and destiny proposed by China¡¯s ¡°The Belt and Road¡± strategy conforms to the mission of APSCO, and the Space Based Integrated Information Corridor concept proposed by China is consistent with the vision of development and cooperation of APSCO and its Member States.
Realizing that the APSCO Development Strategy Forum is an important historical moment of building on past achievements and striving for new progress, APSCO Member States are committed to working together on a common platform of APSCO to shape the future for peaceful uses of outer space through Asia-Pacific multilateral cooperation. To adopt the Belt and Road initiative for facilitating space capabilities building of the Asia-Pacific countries with a goal of further deepening comprehensive partnership among the APSCO Member States, we solemnly pledge to abide by the following Principles:
1. Respecting sovereignty: The Member States¡¯ sovereignty must be fully respected when space activities, such as capability building of space infrastructure, data sharing etc. are planned and implemented.
2. Taking advantages of strengths: Existing sources and modes of funds should be fully considered in project planning, selection, initiation and implementation, so that the basis and advantages of each Member State are fully exploited avoiding duplication.
3. Improving capabilities: APSCO should build and strengthen its overall capabilities of planning and coordination. Improving capabilities of Member States should always be considered while planning and implementing activities.
4. Systematic development: Top level planning for space activities should be emphasized and the activities should be implemented systematically.
Following the above-mentioned principles, we pledge to take the following actions:
1. Space Capacity Building: To effectively organize and carry out space cooperation and make full use of the application benefits of space technology, it is required to build our capacities by Education and Training and undertaking activities in Space Science and Technology and its Applications. Capacity should also be built to formulate Space Policies, Law and Regulations.
2. Improve Sharing Service Capability: Realizing the diversity of strengths related to utilization of space services, improving the capacity to share these resources takes an important place. Sharing of data, jointly developing products and applications in the areas such as remote sensing, telecommunication, meteorology, navigation, space weather and space debris should be improved. Developing APSCO Telemetry, Tracking and Command (TT&C) network and sharing services should also take priority.
3. Improve the Quick Response Capability: To meet the need of space-based information in areas such as natural disasters, production safety, public safety and security, and establish the space information emergency service mechanism and improve the Quick Response Capability based on the space information services including fast acquisition, cooperative analysis and judgment, emergency rescue, and improve emergency response capability in the areas covered by the space information.
4. Improve the Industry Driving Capability: To build the cooperation and exchange platform among the related enterprises providing space-based information services in all Member States, jointly support satellite communications, navigation, remote sensing, data collection and value-added services in the space-based information applications, make use of the leading and driving effects of space information, and boost the development of space industry.
5. Improve information inter-connection: Realizing shortfalls in inter-connection among Asia-Pacific countries in resource and environment management, improve infrastructure construction and information services through space technology such as remote sensing, telecommunication and navigation.
To achieve fruitful results of capability building of Asia-Pacific countries through strategic plan of APSCO in line with the Belt and Road Initiative and for the peaceful uses of outer space, we commit to working together through a community of shared interests to shape the future through Asia-Pacific partnership in the spirit of equality and mutual benefit, peaceful utilization and inclusive, harmonious and stable development of APSCO and its Member States, making a contribution to the long-term development and common prosperity of the region.
We are satisfied with the positive, meaningful and fruitful achievements of this Forum and appreciate APSCO and CNSA¡¯s joint efforts to successfully host this Forum.