Webinar Series on Norms, Rules and Principles of Responsible Behaviour in Outer Space

Overview

By resolution 75/36, the General Assembly encourages Member States to study existing and potential threats and security risks to space systems, including those arising from actions, activities or systems in outer space or on Earth, characterize actions and activities that could be considered responsible, irresponsible or threatening and their potential impact on international security, and share their ideas on the further development and implementation of norms, rules and principles of responsible behaviours and on the reduction of the risks of misunderstanding and miscalculations with respect to outer space.

It also requests the Secretary-General, within existing resources, to seek the views of Member States on the issues referred to in the foregoing paragraph and to submit a substantive report, with an annex containing these views, to the General Assembly at its seventy-sixth session, for further discussion by Member States.

As a step towards the preparation of the report of the Secretary-General, the Office for Disarmament Affairs and the Office for Outer Space Affairs have undertaken to convene a series of webinars, the objectives of which are to: (1) Provide for engagement among Member States on their views on the issues identified in resolution 75/36; (2) Provide an opportunity for Member States that have not submitted views in writing to the Secretary-General to engage on these issues and to make their views known; and (3) Facilitate engagement by multiple stakeholders from the broader outer space policy community, including academia, non-governmental organizations and the private sector.

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Programme

Monday 17 May, 09:00-11:00 EDT (15:00-17:00 CEST)

09:00-09:15         Opening segment

  • High Representative for Disarmament Affairs
  • Director of the Office for Outer Space Affairs

09:15-10:15         Session 1: Trends and developments on the nature of threats to space systems

  • Ms. Victoria Samson (Secure World Foundation) (presentation)
  • Mr. Dmitry Stefanovich (Center for International Security at the Primakov Institute of World Economy and International Relations)
  • Ms. Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan (Observer Research Foundation) (presentation)
  • Mr. Guoyu Wang (Beijing Institute of Technology) (presentation)
  • Ms. Jessica West (Project Ploughshares) (presentation)

10:15-11:00         Session 2: Perspectives from new and expanding national space operators

  • Mr. Il Park (Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Republic of Korea)
  • Mr. Valanathan Munsami (South African National Space Agency)
  • Ms. Pamela Moraga (Permanent Mission of Chile in Geneva)
  • Mr. Nayef Al-Rodhan (Oxford University)

Wednesday 19 May, 09:00-11:00 EDT (15:00-17:00 CEST)

09:00-10:00         Session 3: Threat perceptions by private operators relating to any extension of armed conflict into outer space

  • Mr. David Bertolotti (Eutelsat)
  • Mr. Nobu Okada (Astroscale)
  • Ms. Abimbola Alale (Nigerian Communications Satellite Limited)
  • Ms. Therese Jones (Satellite Industry Association)
  • Ms. Mari Eldholm (Norwegian Industrial Forum for Space Activities)

10:00-11:00         Session 4: Prospects for international cooperation in space situational awareness

  • Mr. Darren McKnight (LeoLabs)
  • Mr. Douglas Hendrix (ExoAnalytics)
  • Mr. Moriba Jah (University of Texas)
  • Mr. Malcolm Davis (Australian Strategic Policy Institute)
  • Ms. Aisha Jagirani (Asian Pacific Space Cooperation Organisation)

Friday 21 May, 09:00-11:00 EDT (15:00-17:00 CEST)

09:00-10:45        Session 5: Highlights from national submissions to the report of the Secretary-General

Panel 1:  Existing and potential threats and security risks to space systems, including those arising from actions, activities or systems in outer space or on Earth

  • Ambassador Alaa Roushdy (Egypt)
  • Ambassador Robert Wood (USA)
  • Mr. Konstantin Vorontsov (Russian Federation)

Panel 2: Characterization of responsible, irresponsible or threatening actions and activities and their potential impact on international security

  • Ambassador Leslie Norton (Canada)
  • Mr. Valerio Negro (Italy)
  • tbc

Panel 3: Ideas on the development and implementation of norms, rules and principles of responsible behaviours and on the reduction of the risks of misunderstanding and miscalculations with respect to outer space

  • Mr. Robert McKinnon (Australia)
  • Mr. Rafael Heinisch and Ms. Katrin Shimizu (Germany)
  • Ms. Song Danhui (China)

Open discussion

10:45-11:00        Closing segment

  • Summary by ODA and OOSA of main takeaways from days 1 and 2
  • Ambassador Aidan Liddle (United Kingdom)