09 June 2017. On Friday the 2nd of June, ESPI’s Dr. Annette Froehlich and Vincent Seffinga organised the ESPI – GRULAC space meeting for representatives from Embassies and Permanent Missions from Latin American countries in Vienna, which was co-hosted by the Peruvian Embassy and its second secretary Iván Aybar Valdiva, to discuss the use of satellite data to monitor international agreements.
The successful meeting started with a brief presentation which gave an overview of the current use of satellite data to monitor international agreements, the use of satellite data before the International Court of Justice and examples of international agreements which could make use of satellite data to monitor whether the State Parties fulfil their obligations and commitments. Thereafter, a number of questions were addressed in a discussion between the participants. GRULAC (Group of Latin America and Caribbean Countries) is one of the United Nations Regional Groups including the Latin American and Caribbean States. The ESPI – GRULAC space meeting will from now on be extended beyond GRULAC to include the full Group of 77.
More information on the use of satellite data to monitor international agreements can be found here