On November 22nd, 2018, the Second Advisory Committee Meeting was held at the Conference Center of the New Main Building, Beihang University. Ms. Simonetta Di Pippo, Director of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA); representatives from Bolivia, Brazil, China, Indonesia, Pakistan and Peru; Special Guest Mr. Sergio Camacho, former Director of UNOOSA; Academician Xu Huibin, President of Beihang University; Ms. Yu Qi, Director General of Department of International Cooperation, CNSA; Mr. Zhao Zhonghe, Division Director for Department of Civil-Military Technology Integration of Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of the People’s Republic of China (MIIT) attended it. The meeting was hosted by Mr. Weng Jingnong, Executive Director of the Centre, Dean of International School, Beihang University.
The meeting consisted of two (2) parts: expert report and free discussion. At the meeting, Ms. Simonetta Di Pippo, Director of UNOOSA, representatives of Member States, CNSA and other UN Regional Centres, domestic experts of space technology application made reports respectively. Ms. Simonetta Di Pippo, Director of UNOOSA, introduced the major movements in Outer Space and explained the programmatic documents on the latest space activities. Mr. Anwar Ali Gaho, representative of the Member States, introduced Pakistan’s current situation and needs in space technology. Ms. Jiang Hui, Division Director of Department of International Cooperation, CNSA, elaborated that how the Belt & Road Spatial Information Corridor contribute to the space capacity building of developing countries for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and proposed the main goals for the next five (5) years. Mr. Weng Jingnong, Executive Director of the Centre, Dean of International School, Beihang University, introduced the latest developments and capacity building of the Centre. Mr. Liu Wenlong, Professor of School of Space and Environment, Beihang University, introduced the advantages of School of Space and Environment, scientific achievements and International Space Science Institute (ISSI) teams. Mr. Huang Hai, Professor of School of Astronautics, Beihang University, introduced the training of Small Satellite Technology talents and the progress of APSCO-SSS Project.
Ms. Simonetta Di Pippo, Director of UNOOSA, thanked the Chinese government and Beihang University for their contributions in promoting the development of the Centre and cultivation of talents. She hoped that through international initiatives such as UNISAPCE+50 and the “Space2030 Agenda” for Sustainable Development, international cooperation and the common interests of all human space would be strengthened. Ms. Yu Qi, Director General of Department of International Cooperation, CNSA, praised the important role played by Beihang graduates in the international academic and communication arena. She also hoped that the Centre could provide a broader and more professional academic exchange platform for students from all over the world, helping them light their dreams. The representatives fully affirmed the work of the Centre. They were grateful to the Centre for its intellectual support to the Member States in education and training. They also hoped to work together to build Alliance of Regional Centres (ARC) and make space technology education benefit more countries.
Academician Xu Huibin, President of Beihang University, mentioned that it had been four (4) years since the establishment of the Centre. Rapid development as well as encouraging achievements had been made, which wouldn’t be achieved without the support of UNOOSA, the Chinese Government, the Member States of the Centre, other UN Regional Centres and partners. In the future, the university will continue to provide support in team building, education and teaching, facility construction, and capacity building. “Distance cannot separate true friends who feel so close even when they are thousands of miles apart”. He hoped that the cooperation would be further enhanced, to discuss, build and share together. It is glad to jointly promote the construction of a community of human destiny in outer space, and make greater contribution to the sustainable development of space science and technology.
Before the meeting, Mr. Xu Huibin and Ms. Simonetta Di Pippo made a short meeting. They exchanged views on international space development trends, space technology applications, personnel training and international cooperation. During the talks, Mr. Xu also consulted with Ms. Simonetta Di Pippo about the selection of outstanding students of Beihang University to work as interns in UNOOSA.
During the meeting, representatives of the Member States were invited to visit the National Satellite Meteorological Center (NSMC), the newly constructed Beihang Small Satellite Ground Station and Space Technology Application (STA) library in the Centre, which enhanced understanding and promoted exchanges and cooperation of the participants.
In addition, the representatives also wrote down their suggestions for the future development of the Centre through questionnaires, which would provide strong information support for its greater progress.