On the morning of April 24, the United Nations/China Forum on Space Solutions: Realizing the Sustainable Development Goals opens in Changsha. The forum was jointly organized by the China National Space Administration (CNSA) and the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA).
Xu Dazhe, deputy secretary of the CPC Hunan Provincial Committee and Hunan governor, attends and speaks at the opening ceremony.
Zhang Kejian, deputy director of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) and CNSA director, and UNOOSA Director Simonetta Di Pippo, attended and addressed the opening ceremony. CNSA Deputy Director Wu Yanhua presided over the meeting.
Xu Dazhe said that Hunan is a place rich in talents and resources, and highland for innovation and entrepreneurship, and economic development. The conference would facilitate Hunan’s sustainable development, especially the aerospace industry. Observing and exploring the space for a deeper understanding of the universe is to better protect our homeland and improve people’s well-being.
Xu added that Hunan is willing to strengthen exchanges and cooperation with UNOOSA and aviation personnel from all over the world, to facilitate sustainable development. In line with the Chinese government arrangements, Hunan would implement the Declaration on China's Space Industry Empowering the UN with Sustainable Development Goals for 2030. It will be committed to promoting economic development and improving governance and efficiency through aerospace technology, and strengthening disaster prevention, mitigation and relief through aerospace platforms, so as to inject vigor into the building of a prosperous, beautiful, happy, and new Hunan.
“Based on its good industrial foundation and comparative advantage, Hunan will undertake more major projects, and participate in China's ten major action plans for China space industry empowering the UN with the realization of sustainable target, to contribute Hunan’s strength to building China into a space powerhouse and benefiting mankind,” said Xu.
Zhang Kejian said that aerospace, one of the most challenging and widely-driven high-tech fields in the world, plays a vital role in promoting scientific and technological progress and boosting the development of human civilization. It is necessary to grasp the development trend of space technology, continuously improve technology and innovation, adhere to win-win cooperation, and continuously contribute to the realization of sustainable development goals. CNSA will work together with the rest of the world in a more active and open manner. In the process of peaceful exploration and use of outer space, China will follow the principles of extensive consultation, joint contribution, and shared benefits, to carry out in-depth exchanges and cooperation to better promote the realization of the United Nations’ sustainable development goals, and build a community of a shared future for humanity.
Director Simonetta Di Pippo stated that the UN’s 2030 Agenda and its 17 sustainable development goals have created a new action plan for the common prosperity, guiding the follow-up work in the next decade. The forum is committed to building a new type of cooperative relationship worldwide in the aerospace field, which will benefit mankind in space use. It is also in line with UNOOSA’s long-term role as a promoter in strengthening the world’s peaceful exploration and use of outer space. It is hoped that, through this conference, all countries in the world, especially developing countries, will better use space resources to help achieve sustainable development goals.
During the forum, CNSA and UNOOSA signed the Agreement Concerning Cooperation on China’s Lunar and Deep Space Exploration. CNSA also signed space cooperation agreements with the Turkey Academy of Space Technology and the Ministry of Science and Technology of Ethiopia; and renewed a cooperation outline with the Pakistani Space Agency. China and UN representatives made keynote speeches. CNSA highlighted China's space solutions, and the UN introduced the implementation of the sustainable development goals in the world and the Asia-Pacific region.