The National Space Science Authority participated in the meetings of the Scientific and Technical Subcommittee of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs in its fifty-ninth session, as part of the Authority’s participation to represent the Kingdom at the international level in various forums related to space, its sciences and its various activities.
attended the meeting; Dr. Muhammad Ibrahim Al-Asiri, CEO, Dr. Muhammad Jassim Al-Othman, advisor to the authority, and Sheikha Hessa bint Ali Al Khalifa for the authority’s legal affairs.
During the meeting, views were exchanged and Member States and participating parties presented their activities during 2021. This was followed by the countries presenting their vision on the topics for discussion by the Subcommittee and working groups, which included a range of topics, most notably the harnessing of space technology for sustainable social and economic development and issues related to Earth sensing by After using satellites, including its applications for the benefit of developing countries, in monitoring the Earth’s environment, supporting space-based disaster management, studying the physical nature and technical characteristics of the geostationary orbit, its use and applications, and recent developments in the field of global navigation satellite systems.
Some emerging topics such as space debris and its risks and ways to treat them, near-Earth objects, the use of nuclear energy sources in outer space, space and global health, and the long-term sustainability of outer space activities were also discussed.
It is worth noting that the number of member states in this committee has exceeded one hundred, in addition to international and regional bodies as observers. The current session witnessed the review and discussion of 58 technical presentations.
At the conclusion of the meetings, a draft final report was discussed, which will be presented to the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs and then submitted to the United Nations General Assembly.
On the authority’s participation in the session, Dr. Muhammad Al-Othman said: “The agenda of the fifty-ninth session included a number of space-related topics, most notably the use of space technologies to achieve sustainable development goals and support efforts to sustain outer space activities and the safe use of nuclear energy sources in space. The meetings are topics related to preserving the space environment in terms of reducing space debris and making good use of orbits of all kinds, in a way that gives all countries the right to benefit from space technologies that have become an essential component of the countries’ infrastructure.”
Al-Othman added: “The authority’s participation was important in participating in discussions and exchanging views on various issues related to its current and future national activities, and the attendance in this session was greater than the previous one, as about 240 officials and experts participated in the 11-day meetings representing the member states of the The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs, in addition to representatives of a number of international organizations and leading educational and research institutions in the fields of space science, which enriched discussions from a scientific and technical point of view and contributed to proposing reasonable solutions to a number of challenges facing the space community.
Al-Othman concluded by praising the participation of the authority’s management in a number of topics that had a wide response from the participants, highlighting the name of the Kingdom of Bahrain in international forums.
It is worth noting that the National Space Science Authority, since it became a member of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs in 2017, has effectively represented the Kingdom of Bahrain in all committees and subcommittees. The scientific and technical committee of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, and it has made substantial contributions to a number of topics related to its fields of work.
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