The Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Bulelani Magwanishe, is
this week leading a delegation to the United Nations Conference on the
Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNISPACE+50), which got
underway on Monday, 18 June 2018.
The Deputy Minister is leading a
delegation to the UNISPACE+50 Symposium in Vienna, Austria. The symposium
will run until Thursday, while the 61st Session of the United Nations (UN)
Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNCOPUOS) will get underway
on Friday, 22 June.
UNCOPUOS will run until 29 June.
Magwanishe, who will deliver a country statement at UNISPACE+50, says South
Africa is a respected member of UNCOPUOS and its sub-committees, and will
continue to play a leadership role within the UN multilateral system. This
will be through ongoing active participation and enhancing international
cooperation with key partners for the development of the industry.
ˇ§We are committed to actively engage UNCOPUOS on possible reforms of the
structures of global space governance in order to take into account the
increasing the number of new space actors, and the increasing importance of
commercial space actors in the international space environment. [This is]
all within the context of ensuring the long-term sustainability of outer
space activities,ˇ¨ Magwanishe said.
There will also be industry engagements through the sideline exhibition that
is organised for various industry players, where South Africa will showcase
her capabilities within the space industry.
The conference will see the international community gather to celebrate the
50th anniversary of the first UN Conference on the Exploration and Peaceful
Uses of Outer Space.
Magwanishe said the Department of Trade and Industry, as the custodian of
the primary legislative regime, had the responsibility of ensuring that
South Africa made a meaningful contribution to the work of the UNCOPUOS
Committee and to further ensure that the interests of the nation were
He said attending and making contributions during the meeting would be
beneficial to the countryˇ¦s space industry.
The goal of UNISPACE+50 is to take stock of its past route and endorse a
resolution that will be submitted to the General Assembly later in the year.
The goal is also to further build, together with all stakeholders, a
comprehensive Space 2030 Agenda for the contribution of space activities to
the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.
ˇV Source: SAnews.gov.za