On October 10, 2018 the Third Ministerial Conference on Space Applications for Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific was held in Bangkok. More than 140 participants from member states, including representatives of the national space agencies, as well as international organizations and NGOs attended the event.
The participants focused their deliberations on the use of space applications in social and economic areas for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Ministers and high-level representatives of the member States adopted the Ministerial Declaration on Space Applications for Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific and the Asia-Pacific Plan of Action on Space Applications for Sustainable Development (2018 – 2030) and recommended that the Commission endorses them at its 75th session in 2019.
The delegation of the Russian Federation at the Conference was headed by H.E. Mr. Kirill Barsky, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to the Kingdom of Thailand and Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to UN ESCAP. In his statement the head of the delegation emphasized that the Russian Federation for many decades not only develops space science, but also actively works towards the implementation of the achievements into everyday life, as well as the readiness of our country to continue to further support the countries of the Asia-Pacific Region and share experience with all interested countries in the use of space technologies for solving national economic problems.
Russian Federation provides significant assistance to the countries of the Central-Asian region. With the support of the Russian voluntary contribution to the UN ESCAP budget the Commission is planning to implement a technical assistance project entitled “Enhancing the capacity of developing countries in Central Asia effective use of space applications for drought monitoring and early warning through the Regional Drought Mechanism”.