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Event: World Space Week 2014

Source – IAF:

World Space Week 2014
“The General Assembly declares 4 to 10 October World Space Week to celebrate each year at the international level the contributions of space science and technology to the betterment of the human condition”

UN General Assembly resolution, 6 December 1999


What is World Space Week?

It is an international celebration of science and technology, and their contribution to the betterment of the human condition. The United Nations General Assembly declared in 1999 that World Space Week will be held each year from October 4-10. These dates commemorate two events:

October 4, 1957: Launch of the first human-made Earth satellite, Sputnik 1, thus opening the way for space exploration
October 10, 1967: The signing of the Treaty on Principles Governing the Activites of States in the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, including the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies.
Where and how is World Space Week celebrated?

World Space Week consists of space education and outreach events held by space agencies, aerospace companies, schools, planetaria, museums, and astronomy clubs around the world in a common timeframe. These synchronized space events attract greater public and media attention.
World Space Week 2013 achieved record scale:
1,400 events, nearly double that of prior year
Events in 80 nations
Total audience since 2007:
2,000,000 attendees
375,000,000 media impressions
The week is coordinated by the United Nations with the support of the World Space Week Association (WSWA). The WSWA leads a global team of National Coordinators, who promote the celebration of World Space Week within their own countries.
What are the goals of World Space Week?

Provide unique leverage in space outreach and education;
Educate people around the world about the benefits that they receive from space;
Encourage greater use of space for sustainable economic development;
Demonstrate public support for space programs;
Excite young people about science, technology, engineering, and maths;
Foster international cooperation in space outreach and education.


EU-US Summit: Joint Statement

Source – The White House:

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release March 26, 2014
EU-US Summit: Joint Statement

We, the leaders of the European Union and the United States, met today in Brussels to reaffirm our strong partnership. We reaffirmed our shared values of democracy, individual freedom, the rule of law and human rights, and a common commitment to open societies and economies. Starting from those values, the European Union and the United States work together every day to address issues of vital interest and importance to our citizens and the world. We strive to create jobs and sustainable growth through sound economic policies. We seek a landmark Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership to build our common prosperity. We undertake joint efforts to build security and stability around the globe and to tackle pressing global challenges like climate change. Today, we took stock of our achievements, set priorities and charted the way ahead for a stronger transatlantic relationship, and rededicated ourselves to building a safer, more prosperous world for future generations. . . .

. . . We commit to expand cooperation in research, innovation and new emerging technologies, and protection of intellectual property rights as strong drivers for increased trade and future economic growth. Our collaboration in the space domain also contributes to growth and global security, including on an International Code of Conduct for Outer Space Activities. We will combine wherever possible our efforts as we did in the Transatlantic Ocean Research Alliance and through the GPS/Galileo agreement. The Transatlantic Economic Council will continue its work to improve cooperation in emerging sectors, specifically e-mobility, e-health and new activities under the Innovation Action Partnership. . . .

. . . The transatlantic digital economy is integral to our economic growth, trade and innovation. Cross border data flows are critical to our economic vitality, and to our law enforcement and counterterrorism efforts. We affirm the need to promote data protection, privacy and free speech in the digital era while ensuring the security of our citizens. This is essential for trust in the online environment.

We have made considerable progress on a wide range of transnational security issues. We cooperate against terrorism in accordance with respect for human rights. Agreements such as the Passenger Name Record and Terrorist Finance Tracking Programme that prevent terrorism while respecting privacy are critical tools in our transatlantic cooperation. We will strengthen our coordination efforts to prevent and counter violent extremism. We will continue looking for appropriate mechanisms to counter the threats posed by fighters departing to Syria and other unstable regions, who return home where they may recruit new fighters, plan and conduct terrorist operations. We also work to address the threats posed by activities of groups contributing to instability in these regions. We welcome our increasingly close cooperation in building the capacity of partner countries to counter terrorism and violent extremism within a framework of rule of law, particularly in the Sahel, Maghreb, Horn of Africa region and Pakistan. We pledge to deepen and broaden this cooperation through the United Nations, the Global Counterterrorism Forum, and other relevant channels. We have also decided to expedite and enhance cooperation on threats directly affecting the security of EU and US diplomatic staff and facilities abroad.

Data protection and privacy are to remain an important part of our dialogue. We recall the steps already taken, including the EU-U.S. ad hoc Working Group, and take note of the European Commission Communication of 27 November 2013 and President Obama’s speech and Policy Directive of 17 January 2014. We will take further steps in this regard. We are committed to expedite negotiations of a meaningful and comprehensive data protection umbrella agreement for data exchanges in the field of police and judicial cooperation in criminal matters, including terrorism. We reaffirm our commitment in these negotiations to work to resolve the remaining issues, including judicial redress. By ensuring a high level of protection of personal data for citizens on both sides of the Atlantic, this agreement will facilitate transfers of data in this area. The United States and the EU will also boost effectiveness of the Mutual Legal Assistance Agreement – a key channel of cooperation in the digital era. In addition, we are committed to strengthening the Safe Harbour Framework in a comprehensive manner by summer 2014, to ensure data protection and enable trade through increased transparency, effective enforcement and legal certainty when data is transferred for commercial purposes.

The Internet has become a key global infrastructure. We share a commitment to a universal, open, secure, and reliable Internet, based on an inclusive, effective, and transparent multi-stakeholder model of governance. As such, we reaffirm that human rights apply equally online and offline, and we endeavour to strengthen and improve this model while working towards the further globalisation of core Internet institutions with the full involvement of all stakeholders. We look forward to the transition of key Internet domain name functions to the global multi-stakeholder community based on an acceptable proposal that has the community’s broad support. We acknowledge the good expert-level cooperation developed in the framework of the EU-US Working Group on Cyber Security and Cybercrime. We commend the political success of our joint initiative to launch a Global Alliance against Child Sexual Abuse Online, as the EU prepares to hand over the lead to the United States, and we decide to tackle jointly the issue of transnational child sex offenders. We reiterate our support for the Budapest Convention on cybercrime, and encourage its ratification and implementation. Building on all these achievements and guided by shared values, we have today decided to launch a comprehensive EU-US cyber dialogue to strengthen and further our cooperation including on various cyber-related foreign policy issues. . . .

Disasters Charter: Tsunami in Chile

The Disasters Charter was activated for a Tsunami in Chile:

Tsunami in Chile

Type of Event: Ocean Wave (Tsunami)
Location of Event: Chile
Date of Charter Activation: 02 April 2014
Charter Requestor: CONAE on behalf of ONEMI
Project Management:

Description of the Event
An 8.2 magnitude earthquake occurred off the northern coast of Chile at 23:46 UTC (20:46 local time) on 01 April 2014. Chilean authorities issued a tsunami alert and thousands of people have been evacuated from coastal areas.
Following the earthquake waves up to 2.1 m struck areas along the coast, including the cities of Pisagua, Patache and Iquique. The government of Chile recommended that anyone on the coast should evacuate and tens of thousands of people have done so, retreating to higher grounds. Many people have spent the night in hills nearby.

Despite the evacuations, however, five people have been reported killed so far, due to the impact and destruction caused by the waves. Landslides have also occurred and some roads have been blocked by debris in addition to power lines being cut. It has also been reported that 300 prisoners escaped from a prison in Iquique.

Magnitude 8 earthquakes on the Richter scale are at the higher end of the scale, and often cause major damage to affected areas. Chile is located in the “Ring of Fire”, an area of the Pacific Ocean basin that is seismologically active. This causes Chile to be prone to earthquakes and another powerful earthquake struck off the coat of Chile in 2010, resulting in devastation.

The tsunami warning was expected to last until 08:00 UTC on 02 April, and assessments of the damage and recovery will commence once the threat has passed.

100 years anniversary of Manfred Lachs

Source – IISL:

100 years anniversary of Manfred Lachs
4 April 2014
On 3 April. IISL President Tanja Masson-Zwaan, at the invitation of ICJ President Peter Tomka, attended an event at the Peace Palace in The Hague, Netherlands to celebrate the 100th birth year of Manfred Lachs. She spoke about Lachs influence on the discipline of space law.

The texts of all speeches are available at

European Parliament legislative resolution of 2 April 2014 on the proposal for a decision of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a space surveillance and tracking support programme (COM(2013)0107 – C7-0061/2013 – 2013/0064(COD))

Source – EU Parliament:

European Parliament legislative resolution of 2 April 2014 on the proposal for a decision of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a space surveillance and tracking support programme (COM(2013)0107 – C7-0061/2013 – 2013/0064(COD)) (Ordinary legislative procedure: first reading)

The European Parliament ,

– having regard to the Commission proposal to Parliament and the Council (COM(2013)0107),

– having regard to Article 294(2) and Article 189(2) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, pursuant to which the Commission submitted the proposal to Parliament (C7-0061/2013),

– having regard to Article 294(3) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,

– having regard to the opinion of the European Economic and Social Committee of 10 July 2013,(1)

– having regard to the undertaking given by the Council representative by letter of 5 February 2014 to approve Parliament’s position, in accordance with Article 294(4) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,

– having regard to Rule 55 of its Rules of Procedure,

– having regard to the report of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy and the opinions of the Committee of Foreign Affairs and the Committee on Budgets (A7-0030/2014),

1. Adopts its position at first reading hereinafter set out;

2. Calls on the Commission to refer the matter to Parliament again if it intends to amend its proposal substantially or replace it with another text;

3. Instructs its President to forward its position to the Council, the Commission and the national parliaments.

Statement regarding suspension of some NASA activities with Russian Government representatives

Source – NASA:

Statement regarding suspension of some NASA activities with Russian Government representatives:

Given Russia’s ongoing violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, NASA is suspending the majority of its ongoing engagements with the Russian Federation. NASA and Roscosmos will, however, continue to work together to maintain safe and continuous operation of the International Space Station. NASA is laser focused on a plan to return human spaceflight launches to American soil, and end our reliance on Russia to get into space. This has been a top priority of the Obama Administration’s for the past five years, and had our plan been fully funded, we would have returned American human spaceflight launches – and the jobs they support – back to the United States next year. With the reduced level of funding approved by Congress, we’re now looking at launching from U.S. soil in 2017. The choice here is between fully funding the plan to bring space launches back to America or continuing to send millions of dollars to the Russians. It’s that simple. The Obama Administration chooses to invest in America – and we are hopeful that Congress will do the same.

Event: Space Security and Long-Term Sustainability of Outer Space Activities

Source – IISL:

Space Security and Long-Term Sustainability of Outer Space Activities
15 February 2014
The China University of Political Science and Law will host the international conference:

Space Security and Long-Term Sustainability of Outer Space Activities

in Beijing, China, on 25 May, 2014. This event will be held in conjunction with the Asia Pacific Regional Round of the Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition (23-24 May, 2014).

Interested participants are welcomed to send an abstract before April 1, 2014 (limited time slots). Speakers of the conference may receive an invitation to serve as judges in the Asia Pacific Regional Round. Abstracts and more information, please contact the Regional Organiser at

Event: The Tenth National Defense Conference: Air & Space Power Contribution to Israel Grand Strategy

Source – The Fischer Institute:

The Tenth National Defense Conference:
Air & Space Power Contribution to Israel Grand Strategy
Israel Airforce Center, Herzlia,
May, 21st 2014

The programme for the conference will be published soon

The conference will include 4 panels:
First panel: The conceptual frame
Second panel: The changes in the nature of war and the need to
achieve operational dominance
Third panel: Achieving operational dominance by the vertical
Forth panel: The growth engines of air & space Israel industry

07:45 Gathering
Opening lecture
First panel: The conceptual frame
Professor Uzi Arad
Dr, Dalia Dasa, RAND
Dr. Avner Ben Zaken, Academic College Ono
10:40 Break
Second panel: The changes in the nature of war and the need to achieve operational dominance
Col. (res) Gur Laish, National Security Council
General (ret) Robert Magnus, USMarines
General (ret) Fredrick Meulman, NATO
12:40 Lunch break
Third panel: Achieving operational dominance by the vertical dimension
Col (res) Alex Gan
Forth panel: The growth engines of air & space Israel industry
Participation of senior representatives from the industry
16:20 IAF challenges
IAF commander
Closing lecture
Minister of Defense, general Moshe (bogi) Ya’alon

Simonetta Di Pippo, New UNOOSA Director

Source – ASI:

Simonetta Di Pippo, the new UNOOSA Director
With the appointment of the Italian astrophysicist for the first time Italy is at the apex of the UN structure dealing with Space

09 Mar 2014
The news was officially announced almost simultaneously with the International Women’s Day: the new Director of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) is the Italian astrophysicist Simonetta Di Pippo. For the first time Italy is at the pinnacle of the entity responsible for UN programs to promote international cooperation in the outer space sector. And this milestone is surpassed thanks to the extraordinary professionalism of a woman.

“We are particularly proud of this nomination – said the Extraordinary Commissioner of the Italian Space Agency, Aldo Sandulli – which will give further prestige to our country and the ASI. It’s an office of high responsibility – stressed Sandulli – to which Di Pippo has arrived thanks to her undoubted skills and proven professionalism”.

“Great satisfaction” was expressed by the Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini: “It is a significant recognition – said Mogherini – of Italian scientific excellence at an international level”.

The Italian astrophysicist – born in Rome in 1959 and part of the ASI since its founding in 1988 – was the Director of Human Flight at the European Space Agency and Special Adviser to the Director General of ESA, and is currently the Head of the European Space Policy Observatory for the Italian Space Agency.

To date, Di Pippo is also, among others, co-founder President of the International association Women in Aerospace Europe (WIA-E). Unoosa is based in Vienna and operates mainly through COPUOS, the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space. The Italian Ambassador to the United Nations in Vienna Filippo Formica, emphasized the value for Italy of the appointment of Di Pippo, which “demonstrates, once more, that Italian excellence is highly competitive on the international stage”.