The 56th Session of the Legal Sub-Committee of the United Nation¡¯s Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNCOPUOS) was held during 27 March to 7 April, 2017 in Vienna, Austria. The Director-General of the Department of External Relations and Legal Affairs, Mr. Nasir Mahmood, and Ms. Huizi Ouyang represented APSCO during the Session. On behalf of APSCO, Mr. Nasir Mahmood stated the progresses of APSCO cooperation in the Session on the 3rd of April 2017, under the Agenda Item-3 ¡°General Exchange of Views¡±. He apprised the Sub-Committee on the progress achieved in the field of space law & policy issues at APSCO plate-form since the 55th Session of the Legal-Sub-Committee held during 2016.
He informed the Sub-Committee that this year APSCO is organizing ¡°Space Law and Policy Forum-2017¡± from 10-12 July, in Harbin, China with the theme: ¡°Satellite Usages and the Developments in Space Law and Policy¡±. The event is being Co-organized with Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT) and is being Co-sponsored by Air & Law School of McGill University, Canada. He also shared some of the details on the Forum and invited all participants of the Session to attend the Forum.
The Session provided an excellent opportunity to Networking with the eminent scholars for invitation to APSCO Space Law & Policy Forum-2017 and meet, at a single platform, with diplomats and the heads of National Space Agencies and eminent heads of International Space-related Institutions and United Nations Entities. For the Space Law & Policy Forum-2017, contacts were made with Ms. Simonetta Di Pippo, Director of UNOOSA, Mr. Niklas Hedmen and related experts. Ms.Simonetta Di Pippo agreed to give a message at the Forum, which could be read out by Mr. Niklas Hedman.
With regards to the external relations, contacts were established with several interested Countries.