29 November 2012. ESPI contributed to the 2012 Space Security Index Launch in Europe, jointly organized by the Secure World Foundation (SWF) and the Mission of Canada to the European Union (EU).
ESPI Resident Fellow, Jana Robinson, made a presentation entitled “TCBMs in Support of Space Safety and Sustainability” at the annual Space Security Index Launch in Europe, part of SWF’s “Brussels Space Policy Roundtable” discussions. The event, jointly organized by the SWF and the Mission of Canada to the EU sought to review the most significant space security-related developments over the past two years, with a special emphasis on implications for Europe. A number of these events are included in the 2012 Space Security Index (SSI), the ninth annual report, prepared under the leadership of Canadian Project Ploughshares, on developments related to space security (covering the period of January to December 2011).
The presentation reviewed some of the efforts to advance security in space, with a special focus on the role of transparency and confidence-building measures (TCBMs) in support of various space governance proposals, including the International Space Code of Conduct and the “Long Term Sustainability of Outer Space Activities” initiative of the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNCOPUOS). TCBMs, together with Space Situational Awareness (SSA), are practical tools that can advance acceptance of these initiatives and assist their implementation.
The roundtable session was opened by Amb. David Plunkett from Mission of Canada to the EU. Other speakers included Cesar Jaramillo from the Project Ploughshares, Ben Baseley-Walker from the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR), and Yvon Henri from the International Telecommunications Union (ITU). The event was moderated by the SWF’s Agnieszka Lukaszczyk.