Dubai, United Arab Emirates from 6-9 November 2017
The APSCO delegation led by the Secretary-General Dr. Li Xinjun participated in the United Nations/United Arab Emirates High Level Forum (HLF) held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, during 6-9 November 2017, which was organized by the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and the United Arab Emirates and hosted by the United Arab Emirates Space Agency and the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre. The theme of the HLF was ¡°Space as a Driver for Socio-Economic Sustainable Development¡±
Dr. Li, representing APSCO, gave a comprehensive presentation at the High Level Panel ¡°International Cooperation and Challenges Towards UNISPACE+50¡±. He introduced APSCO and its achievements, and got very positive feedbacks from the HLF participants. He also announced that the 10th Anniversary Celebration of APSCO would be held in November, 2018, in China and welcomed all delegates to join the event.
Dr. Li was invited by the organizers to attend the side session on Global Partnership. Later, during the day, he was also interviewed by the UN Television media to give his views on the aspects of resource sharing and cooperation, being very important to improving and promoting the space technology in developing countries, in Chinese language. In the interview, he introduced the activities carried out by APSCO and the benefits brought to the Member States of APSCO. He expressed that APSCO spearheading the multi-lateral cooperation in the space sector, would continue to strive to extend more benefits and share achievements in the region.
During the HLF, APSCO delegation had bilateral meetings with the delegates of UAE Space Agency, Mexico, Egypt, Oman, Brazil, South Africa and DLR. Delegations from Lebanon, Lao, Secure World Foundation, SGAC, and Sudan also met the APSCO delegates during the course of the HLF and expressed their keen interest to engage with APSCO.
In a separate meeting between APSCO delegation and Mrs. Simonetta DI PIPPO, the Director of United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), both sides discussed about the avenues of strengthening the bilateral cooperation. Dr. LI invited Mrs. Simonetta to the APSCO¡¯s 2nd Space Agency Forum.
APSCO Delegation to the High-Level Forum, 6-9 Nov 2017, Dubai, UAE