Mr. Sergio Camacho, the former Director of UNOOSA, Secretary General, Regional Centre for Space Science and Technology Education for Latin America and the Caribbean (CRECTEALC) was invited by RCSSTEAP at Beihang University to visit the Centre and give lectures on “Space Policy and Law, Space Science and Technology - The importance of the work of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space(COPUOS)” for the first batch of international postgraduates majoring in Space Law and Policy here.
These series of lectures, providing a good platform for the participants to understand the frontier knowledge of outer space affairs, attracted not only students from different majors but also representatives from China National Space Administration, the Supreme People’s Court of the People’s Republic of China, Management Office of Satellite Navigation System and China Great Wall Industry Corporation,etc. The attenders listened and thought carefully in class and asked questions after class. Mr. Camacho answered those questions patiently. The participants said that these series of lectures provided them a rare opportunity to get a better understanding of the mechanism of UNOOSA, international treaties on outer space, relevant basic principles and so on.
During Mr. Camacho’s visit, he had extensive exchanges with representatives from China National Space Administration, RCSSTEAP and Law School of Beihang University on expanding cooperation and promoting the long term sustainable development of Space Law and Policy. In addition, he exchanged ideas with representatives from RCSSTEAP about in-depth cooperation between the CRECTEALC and RCSSTEAP and reached a consensus. He was also invited to attend the opening ceremony of UN-SPIDER 2016 Annual Meeting in Beijing and visit China Great Wall Industry Corporation. He gave a speech on how to promote international cooperation by the platform provided by the United Nations. Mr. Camacho said that it was a very meaningful visit with ideas exchange and he was willing to give lectures to the participants of the Centre and hoped more participants would benefit from it.
The Centre in Beihang University initiated the Master’s program of Space Law and Policy among all the six UN-Regional Centres which set an example to the others.