The United Nations/Austria Symposium on ¡°Access to Space: Holistic Capacity-Building for the 21st Century¡± was held in Graz, Austria from September 3rd to September 7th, 2017. Mr. Nasir Mahmood, the Director-General of the Department of External Relations and Legal Affairs, Dr. Mohammad Ebrahimi Seyedabadi, the Director-General of the Department of Education and Training and Database Management and Ms. Zhuang Jie represented APSCO during the Symposium.
The Symposium built around innovative approaches to capacity-building in the space sector, including the need to measure progress and development. The determination of the long term impact of an activity can be a challenging task but can be overcome by creating a standardized set of Space Capabilities¡¯ indicators covering all space related domains and applications and provides orientation to countries/organizations in the evaluation of their capabilities and their prioritization. Therefore, this set of indicators becomes a key decision support tool for countries in space related matters. The outputs of the Symposium will help APSCO Member States/Associate Members/Observers to equip themselves with the technical and policy capabilities to integrate space technology and applications in their strategic planning towards the 2030 agenda for Sustainable Development.
On behalf of APSCO, Dr. Mohammad Ebrahimi Seyedabadi made a presentation on ¡°Challenges of Capacity-Building in Multi-State Environment¡± in Session 9: Institutional Capacity Building on September 6, 2017. After his presentation, UNOOSA invited APSCO to participate in the United Nations/South Africa Symposium on Basic Space Technology "Small Satellite Missions for Scientific and Technological Advancement" which will be held in Stellenbosch, South Africa, December 11-14, 2017.
During the Symposium, APSCO delegation met with the delegates of many countries and introduced APSCO in more details to them. Those delegates were apprised that APSCO¡¯s scientific endeavors and international cooperation for disaster risk reduction and the socio-economic development of the Asia Pacific region by harnessing space technology tools, as well as efforts on cooperation on Space Law and Policy, are encouraging all countries to join us as Members, Associate Members or Observers.