22 June 2018
On the occasion of the UNISPACE+50 conference, currently taking place at the UNO City in Vienna, the GoTaikonauts! team issued a special edition of its newsletter. UNISPACE+50 commemorates the 50th anniversary of the 1968 UN Conference on the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space. UNISPACE II and UNISPACE III have taken place in 1982 and 1999 respectively. After 19 years, the global space community came together again to discuss the "Space2030" agenda, aiming at the sustainable preservation of outer space for future generations and cooperation across all stakeholder groups of the society.
To join the debate, GoTaikonauts! published the special edition newsletter, featuring an interview with H.E. Shi Zhongjun, the Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the People’s Republic of China to the United Nations in Vienna, explaining the importance China attaches to its engagement within UNOOSA and its invitation to all UN Member States for the utilisation of the CSS. Furthermore, UNOOSA Director Simonetta Di Pippo gives an comprehensive overview on the work of UNOOSA and the motivation of including the capabilities of the CSS in the UN programmes.
A report by Marco Aliberti and Leyton Wells of the European Space Policy Institute (ESPI) on the ESPI-CNSA event "China Engages: Opportunities and Prospects for the International Space Community" gives a broader summary on the current status of cooperation between China and the major space faring nations Russia, U.S. and Europe.