This newsletter will be closed until Feb 19, 2014, so that I can travel to Vienna to attend the events described below. This is a press release from UNIS and it was just received.
Especially relevant to ISWI is this item: On 10 and 11 February there will be an Expert Meeting on "Improving Space Weather Forecasting in the Next Decade", organized by NASA of the United States. In particular, Dr Joe Davila has been the driver of this Expert Meeting. I will be making a presentation during this meeting.
UNIS/OS/432.....7 February 2014
The long-term sustainability of outer space activities is a matter of interest and importance for the international community as a whole. Space activities play a vital role in supporting sustainable development on Earth and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals, and in contributing to the post-2015 development agenda process. The Working Group on the Long-term Sustainability of Outer Space Activities will continue its consideration of a set of draft guidelines aimed to improve the long-term sustainability of outer space activities. The set of guidelines includes recommendations on sustainable space utilization supporting sustainable development on Earth; space debris, space operations and tools to support collaborative space situational awareness; space weather; and regulatory regimes and guidance for actors in the space arena.
Other key items for discussion include near-Earth objects (NEOs), in view of the recommendations for an international response to the near-Earth object impact threat, adopted by the Subcommittee and endorsed by the General Assembly in 2013, space debris mitigation, disaster management and space weather research. In the two week session, the Subcommittee will also debate recent developments in global navigation satellite systems, safe use of nuclear power sources in outer space, the use of the geostationary orbit, and matters related to remote sensing of the Earth by satellites, including applications for developing countries. The Subcommittee will also look at how the post-2015 development agenda relates to the use of space technology and its applications in support of sustainable development goals.
Other highlights of the 51st session of the Subcommittee include:
* On 17 February from 15:00-18:00, a symposium entitled "Commercial applications of global navigation satellite systems", organized by the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), will be held in Board Room D.
* On 18 February from 13:00-14:00 a lunchtime seminar entitled "Space and development: space technology and research for global health" will be organized by Japan in cooperation with the World Health Organization (WHO) in Board Room DOn
* On 10 and 11 February there will be an Expert Meeting on "Improving Space Weather Forecasting in the Next Decade", organized by the United States, its National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA),held in Conference Room C6, 7th floor.This meeting will consider the current state of forecasting and new observational concepts for space missions that will provide new data for space weather forecasting in the future.
* On 19 and 20 February, there will be an Expert Meeting on International Space Station Benefits for Health, organized by UNOOSA, and held in Room C0713/15.
* From 10 to 21 February, the exhibition on China's Space Activities will be held in the Rotunda, Vienna International Centre.
Information about the 51st session of the Scientific and Technical Subcommittee is also available at: http://www.unoosa.org/oosa/en/COPUOS/stsc/2014/index.html
For further information, please contact:
United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA)
Telephone: (+43-1) 26060-8718
United Nations Information Service Vienna (UNIS Vienna)
1400 Vienna Austria
Tel.: (+43-1) 26060-4666 Fax: (+43-1) 26060-7-5899 Email: email@example.com