Programme of the Fifth Manfred Lachs International Conference on Global Space Governance and the UN 2030 Agenda


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Day 1:   Friday 5 May 2017

Day 2:   Saturday 6 May 2017


Day 1
Friday, 5 May 2017

8:00 – 8:30

Opening Address 
8:30 – 9:00

  1. Ram Jakhu
    Director, Institute of Air and Space Law, McGill University
  2. Richard Janda
    Faculty of Law, McGill University
  3. David Kendall
    Chair, United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNCOPUOS) 
  4. Niklas Hedman
    United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs
  5. Joseph Rongier
    President, International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety
  6. Joseph Pelton
    Conference Co-Chair, International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety

Session 1:      UNOOSA Panel: Pillars for Global Governance of Outer Space Activities in the 21th Century

Chair: Simonetta de Pippo-Pillars for Global Governance of Outer Space Activities in the 21st Century     
Director, United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA)

  1. Sylvain Laporte- Space Economy: Innovation & Socioeconomic Benefits of Space
    President, Canadian Space Agency (CSA)
  2. Jean-Yves LeGall -- The Importance of Space for Societal Development
    Director General, Centre national d'études spatiales (CNES)
  3. Rosa Ma. Ramirez De Arellano Y Haro- Access to Space-based Data; The Regional Perspective
    Director of International Affairs and Security, Mexican Space Agency 
  4. Kenneth Hodgkins
    US Department of State
  5. David Kendall- The Role of COPUOS in Fostering the Safety, Security and Sustainability of Outer Space Activities
    Chair, UNCOPUOS


Refreshment Break
11:00 – 11:30

Session 2: CSA Panel:  National and Regional Perspectives on Space Governance

Elle Agnew
Canadian Space Agency

  1. Mary Preville
    Director General, Canadian Space Agency
  2. Kenneth Hodgkins
    Director of Office on Advance Technology, US Department of State
  3. Mark Reynhardt
    Deputy Director,  Science and Technology, South African Department of International Relations and Cooperation
  4. TBC

Lunch: Poster Presentations
13:00 – 14:30

  • Ali Aghahosseini
    Sustainable Diplomacy for Sustainable Governance
  • Ali Golroo
    - Cooperation between Space Ferrying Nations and Emerging Space Nations
    - A key to Environmental Sustainability on Earth and in Space
  • Andrew Butler
    Freedom of Movement in Outer Space as an Individual Human Right
  • Huan Yu
    To Promote Chinese Space Economic Development by Creating Domestic Space Legislation
  • Joseph Clift
    Do Astronauts Dream of Catching Cosmic Sheep?
  • Patrick Donovan
    Building Codes for Off-World Applications
  • Robert Thomas
    The Outer Space Treaty vs. Realpolitik: The Need for a New Treaty Framework


Parallel Session 3: Legal and Policy Foundations & Background


Chair: Melissa de Zwart
University of Adelaide

  1. Barry Kellman
    Space Capabilities for enforcing Environmental Sustainability
  2. Audrey Allison
    Unlocking the Potential of NewSpace Systems to Achieve SDG Goals
  3. Amit Maitra
    Space Governance as a Driver for Sustainable Development
  4. Joe Pelton
    Improved Legal and Regulatory Processes to Protect the Planet
  5. Philip De Man and Ward Munters
    Reciprocal Limits to the Freedom to Use Outer Space by all States, on a Basis of Equality: Common But Differentiated Responsibilities?
  6. Lenna de Winne
    Asgardia--the First Space Nation: Vision and Challenges

Refreshment Break:
16:00 – 16:20

Session 4: How to improve Current Governance Models

Chair: Theresa Hitchens

  1. Tomaso Sgobba
    Space Governance and Stakeholder's Rights
    Security from Near Earth Objects: Need for Space Governance
  2. Krystal Wilson
    Challenges to Using Volunteered Geographic Information for Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals
  3. Melissa de Zwart
    Domestic space legislation: guidelines for sustainability in commercial space
  4. Monica Mallowan and Maria-Lucas Rhimbasson
    The 4th Estate at the Service of Sustainable Space Governance
  5. Gilles Doucet
    National Incentives for Global Space Governance
  6. Stuart Eves
    The Legal Implications of Improved Space Situation Awareness and other Developments in Space Technology (to be presented by Gilles Doucet)


Gala Dinner: 19:00-22:30

Keynote Speaker:
Paul Meyer
Outer Space Treaty at 50


Day 2
Saturday 6 May 2017

Parallel Session 5A:  Space Applications for Achieving SDGs - I

Chair: Ken Hodgkins

  1. Miguel Yagues
    The Benefits of Space Cooperation in the Safeguard of Tropical Forests
  2. J.C. Gonzalez Allonca
    Privacy and Remote Sensing Satellites
  3. George Kyriakopoulos
    Long-term Sustainability of Outer Space Activities: International Cooperation as a Fundamental Basis for a Comprehensive Space Traffic Management Regime
  4. Mark Skinner
    Development of Distributed Space Object Tracking and Data Sharing as a Means to Achieving the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals
  5. Diane Howard & Ruth Stilwell
    GNSS and Sustainable Access to Space
  6. Don Flournoy
    Space Governance Challenges re Space Solar Power

















Refreshment Break

10:40 – 11:00














12:40 – 14:00
Jonathan McDowell- The edge of Space or how low can you go

Session 7: Modes of Global Space Governance: Tools to Move Forward


Chair: Paul Meyer

  1. Theresa Hitchens
    The UN GGE on Transparency and Confidence-Building Measures in Outer Space Activities: How Middle Powers Can Overcome the Failure to Launch
  2. Duncan Blake
    Global Space Governance Tools for Space Security
  3. Eytan Tepper
    Time for Reform: Preparing UN-COPUOS for the Next 50 Years of Space Exploration
  4. Chad English
    Supporting Space-based Sustainable Development Using Multilateral Technology Innovation Programs
  5. Maria-Lucas Rhimbasson and Lucien Rapp
    Space Resilience 4.0: Contracting for Resilient Space Infrastructures
  6. Lorna Jean Edmonds and Ji-Yeung Jang
    The Interconnection of Universalization and the UN2030 Agenda: The 21st Century Leadership Imperative

Refreshment Break

Session 8: An International Study of Global Space Governance: Input to UNISPACE+50 and Closing Session


Ram Jakhu
Director, Institute of Air and Space Law, McGill University

Joseph Pelton
Chair, International Academic Committee of the International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety


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