29 March 2013. ESPI was invited to deliver a presentation examining the potential consequences of incidents in space at the UNIDIR Seminar on the Role of Norms of Behaviour in African Outer Space Activities held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Jana Robinson, ESPI Resident Fellow, delivered a presentation entitled “Tensions in Space: Examining Consequences of Incidents in Space” at a two-day seminar on “The Role of Norms of Behaviour for African Space Activities” organized by the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) on 7-8 March 2013 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The seminar sought to delineate the current status of, and future potential for, space-based services for ongoing African development, as well as the importance of engaging African states in the development of norms of behaviours for outer space activities. The symposium was addressed by a number of distinguished experts from Africa and abroad (see the seminar’s agenda here).
ESPI’s presentation focused on existing threats to space assets (both natural and man-made), as well as assessing the discourse on space security in multilateral fora, including the role of Space Situational Awareness (SSA) and space transparency and confidence-building measures (TCBMs). The presentation emphasized that, given the more sophisticated challenges to space security that accompany the introduction of new technologies and space actors, it is essential that efforts to establish norms of responsible behaviour in space move forward at an accelerated pace.