The UN Office for Outer Space Affairs participated in the VII Space Conference of the Americas 2015 (CEA VII) on "Science and technology of space for human development in an environment of cooperation, culture of peace and respect for international space law" which is taking place from 17 to 19 November 2015 in Managua, Nicaragua.
The meeting was opened by the Nicaraguan Vice President Moses Omar Halleslevens Acevedo, who is President of the Nicaraguan Council of Science and Technology (CONICYT).
The CEA VII aims to promote exchanges of knowledge, experiences and opportunities for capacity development in space science and technology to contribute to the sustainable development of the Americas. Topics of discussion included education, science & technology, natural resources and the environment, specific applications and international cooperation in space. Participatnts reviewed international cooperation in space and the legal regulatory framework in place in order to define which strategies to follow in the use of space for peaceful purposes.
CEA VII bought together representatives from Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Cuba, Canada, USA, France, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Russia, Uruguay, Venezuela, and UNOOSA.
Mr. Luc St-Pierre, Senior Programme Officer with UNOOSA, said platforms such as this Conference strengthen the capacities of countries in accessing space technology and applications to meet the international agreements, such as the Sustainable Development Goals, Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-20130 and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.