10-12 July 2017 - Harbin, China
The Asia-Pacific Space Cooperation Organization organized its 4th APSCO Space Law and Policy Forum-2017, as one of the TWO Exchange Platforms of APSCO, on July 10-12, 2017 at Harbin, China. The Forum was Co-organized with Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT), China and Co-sponsored by Institute of Air & Space Law of McGill University, Canada. The Forum was attended by altogether 60-70 Participants. The top space law scholars were invited to the Forum from 7 countries including Austria, China, Canada, Indonesia, Italy, Japan and USA. From APSCO MS, 16 executives dealing with space law and policy in respective countries were invited.
The Forum was designed to have an ¡®Opening Session¡¯ for reiterating and pledging support to APSCO Activities by the Host Country, Co-organizers and Co-sponsor; a Key Note Speeches Session with 4 Key Note Speeches; four Technical Sessions with 16 presentations; a ¡®Poster Presentation Session¡¯ for Six Posters from students of Beihang University and a ¡®Panel Discussion¡¯ moderated by Mr. Niklas Hedman, from UNOOSA. Towards the end, all Session Chairs presented gist from their respective sessions in order to arrive at ¡®Conclusions and Recommendations from the Forum¡¯. These Conclusions and Recommendations from the Forum would be shared with all Member States of APSCO, the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), the UN Regional Centre for Space Technology Education in Asia-Pacific in China affiliated to United Nations (RCCSTEAP), International Organizations and other partners.
The Forum was a big success and all participants appreciated APSCO for their effort. It was concluded by the Session Chairs that the Goals and Objectives of the Forum were fully satisfied. Based on the benefits accrued, and a large coverage of the Asia-Pacific region, and indeed experience of a very professionally organized Forum; the UNOOSA has very kindly agreed to collaborate with APSCO for the 4th UN-APSCO Space Law and Policy Workshops-2020. APSCO values and appreciates this kind gesture and would like to assure UNOOSA for holding the Workshop at a venue which would indeed be of a great value to the objectives of the Workshop.