UNOOSAUnited Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (Austria)
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In his welcome address, SUPARCO Chairman Qaiser Anees Khurrum thanked UNOOSA for selecting Pakistan as the destination for this conference along with the national and foreign participants for attending it.
UNOOSA is mandated with implementing and overseeing decisions of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, working with a range of national space agencies and non-governmental organisations involved in space activities.
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Whereas the meteor over Russia was estimated at 15 metres in diameter, UNOOSA is preparing for objects which are bigger than 1 kilometre and would have global consequences if they were to strike.
Nevertheless, the planned new network and expert groups would assess upcoming threats and would inform countries about possible defence scenarios, UNOOSA expert Sergio Camacho said.
The workshop is an UNOOSA initiative born out of the Third United Nations (UN) Conference on the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNISPACE III) in 1999.
It is such workshops organised by EIAST in conjunction with UNOOSA that focus on capacity building in the use of GNSS in various areas to support sustainable development, particularly in developing nations.
The symposium is approved by the UNOOSA as an activity of the United Nations Programme on Space Applications under the Basic Space Technology Initiative (BSTI).
In his opening remarks, Ahmed Al Mansoori, Director General of EIAST, said: "We are pleased to co-operate with UNOOSA, and hope this event will be an ideal platform to discuss the latest developments on the applications of GNSS.
I am proud to say that one of the ways UNOOSA will achieve this, in cooperation with our partner SNC, is by dedicating an entire microgravity mission to United Nations Member States.
The recommendations, however, must be formalised by the Scientific and Technical Subcommittee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space to be formally approved during the UNOOSA session in June and eventually submitted to the UN General Assembly.