Dr. Egemen Ozalp, Deputy Secretary-General, and Dr. Manop Aorpimai, Director-General, Department of Strategic Planning and Program Management, represented APSCO in the fifty-fourth session of Scientific and Technical Subcommittee of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space held at the United Nations Office at Vienna during 30th January to 10th February 2017. As an intergovernmental organization with permanent observer status with the Committee, the APSCO delegations participate all sessions of the meeting. Among representatives from 73 states members of the Committee as well as representatives from observers, permanent observers and other invited organizations, APSCO delegation delivered a statement reporting its cooperative activities for the socio-economical development of the member states during the past year. The delegation also proudly announced that the Arab Republic of Egypt has become a new associate member of the organization.
The 54th Session of Scientific and Technical Subcommittee meeting is a forum for general exchange of views and introduction of reports submitted on national activities. Furthermore, a number of important issues relating to the peaceful uses of outer space were discussed, namely, the United Nations Programme on Space Applications, Space technology for sustainable socioeconomic development, matters relating to remote sensing of the Earth by satellite, including applications for developing countries and monitoring of the Earth¡¯s environment, space debris, space-system-based disaster management support, recent developments in global navigation satellite systems, space weather, near-Earth objects, use of nuclear power sources in outer space, long-term sustainability of outer space activities, examination of the physical nature and technical attributes of the geostationary orbit and its utilization and applications, including in the field of space communications, as well as other questions relating to developments in space communications, taking particular account of the needs and interests of developing countries, without prejudice to the role of the International Telecommunication Union. 28 technical presentations relating the above topics were delivered. The meeting also drafted provisional agenda for the fifty-fifth session of the Scientific and Technical Subcommittee. Beside, a symposium organized by the Office for Outer Space Affairs on the topic ¡°What is at stake in space in 2017 and 2018¡± was held on 8th February, 2017. Two symposiums entitled ¡°Views on space¡ªwhy we go?¡± and ¡°International benefits from space¡± were also organized in the form of panel discussions with keynote speakers and panelists from the world leading space organizations, such as, UNOOSA, ESA, CNSA, ROSCOSMOS, JAXA, ISRO, IAF, AIAA.
The meeting endorsed the draft reports of the Working Group on the Use of Nuclear Power Sources in Outer Space, the Working Group on the Long-term Sustainability of Outer Space Activities and the Working Group of the Whole. Finally, the meeting was successfully closed with the adoption of the Report to the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space. APSCO¡¯s activities were reflected in the Article 13 of the Report as ¡°The subcommittee noted the activities that APSCO had been pursuing to promote the socio-economic development of the Asia-Pacific region in 2016. The Subcommittee also noted that Egypt became to be a new associate member of APSCO. ¡±.