16 June 2016. On the fourth day of the Fifty-Ninth session of the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UN COPUOS), Dr. Stefano Ferretti, ESPI Resident Fellow made a technical presentation on Space for Sustainable Development. The technical presentation highlighted the major findings of the ESPI report 59 on Space for Sustainable Development, which was produced as a collective effort by Jörg Feustel-Büechel, Roy Gibson, Peter Hulsroj, Andreas Papp, Elisabeth Veit and Stefano Ferretti. The report aims to provide key stakeholders with an overview of the current and potential contributions of space to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. It argues that a fruitful and close dialogue among all the development actors and the space community should be established in order to exploit the full potential of space assets and services.
Space services can be targeted to the specific needs of society and become embedded in diverse user activities. Where terrestrial infrastructures are insufficient, space services offer great advantages: connectivity can be provided without the need for landlines, Earth Observation applications might substitute for in-situ measurements, navigation satellite services allow for precise positioning and tracking. Integrated services may aid coastal and fisheries management, open new ways for pollution monitoring, or enable a new set of tele-education and e-health services. The presentation was well received by COPOUS delegates and representatives, and it opens promising avenues for cooperation with the broader stakeholder community!