From June 17th to 26th, 2018, Mr. Weng Jingnong, Executive Director of the Centre and Dean of the International School, attended the 61st session of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space and participated in the organization of the UNISPACE+50 aerospace exhibition.
From June 18th to 23rd, 2018, UNISPACE+50 (in order to memorize the 50th anniversary of the first United Nations Conference on the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space) was held in Vienna. This was the aerospace activity of the highest-level and the largest scale so far in the 21st century, which included UNISPACE+50 symposium, UNISPACE+50 high-level segment and UNISPACE+50 aerospace exhibition. At the exhibition, in total of forty-two (42) units in space industry from different countries set up their booths. Alliance of Regional Centres (ARC) had its own booth showing images and distributing brochures so as to present the achievements of every Regional Centre in recent years and the development of the Alliance. The booth gained attention and appreciation from State Members of United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and all the participants.
On June 22nd, UNOOSA organized Meeting of the Directors of the Regional Centres for Space Science and Technology Education (affiliated to the United Nations) to discuss the development in the future. Mr. Luc St-Pierre and Mr. Shirish Ravan from UNOOSA, Mr. Ganiy I. Agbaje, Director of ARCSSTE-E, Mr. Anas Emran, Director of CRASTE-LF (Morocco), Mr. Awni Khasawneh, Director of RCSSTEWA, Weng Jingnong, Executive Director of RCSSTEAP and Jiang Hui from CNSA attended the meeting. Mr. Senthil Kumar, Director of CSSTEAP, participated in the conference through Skype. The meeting was chaired by Mr. Luc St-Pierre.
At the meeting, Mr. Luc St-Pierre and Mr. Shirish Ravan expressed their thanks to the Centre for their excellent work on behalf of UNOOSA and looked forward to more contribution of Alliance of Regional Centres (ARC). The Directors of the Regional Centres made short statements on the status of their Regional Centres and expressed their expectation of making more contribution to space education by the bond of ARC. They would like to make further cooperation, starting from sharing resources, jointly holding short training programs and updating educational curricula. Mr. Weng Jingnong pointed out that, the application of space technology was at a new stage of development, all Regional Centres were facing new opportunities and challenges. It was hoped that, with the support of UNOOSA, the Regional Centres would take the Alliance as the link to promote the smooth development of cooperation in a constructive and pragmatic manner, making more contribution to the education of space application talents. At the meeting, it was agreed that Mr. Ganiy I. Agbaje, Director of ARCSSTE-E, would deliver a speech on behalf of ARC on 27th at the Conference, introducing the progress of ARC and the Centres as well as elaborating on “Programme on Space Applications” with some thinking and suggestions on the development of the Alliance.