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ISC and its partners organised the 9th edition of the Science Summit around the 78th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA78) on 12-29 September 2023.
The role and contribution of science to attaining the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be the central theme of the Summit. The objective is to develop and launch science collaborations to demonstrate global science mechanisms and activities to support the attainment of the UN SDGs, Agenda 2030 and Local2030. The meeting will also prepare input for the United Nations Summit of the Future, which will take place during UNGA79 beginning on 12 September 2024.
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Thursday, September 14 • 9:00am - 12:00pm
[VIRTUAL] Utilizing Space Technologies to Advance UN Sustainable Development Goals (140903)

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During the session, Utilizing Space Technologies to Advance UN Sustainable Development Goals, a high-level panel of experts and decision makers will elaborate on the increasing importance of access to and utilization of space technologies both in and beyond national territories to improve the quality of life and to create more balanced international relationships.  Space agency leaders will share the interest in obtaining satellite technologies and their already experienced benefits for their countries, their regions and other States similarly geo-politically and economically placed.  Contributing to the session will also be local practitioners who are successfully utilizing space technologies in their communities; young professionals who have built and rely on these technologies to develop their personal, academic and professional lives; and leaders of the public and private sectors who create and or have benefited from capacity-building opportunities to access space technologies under the principles of the Space for All initiative organized by the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA, Vienna).

With improved living conditions on Earth, the possibilities for peace and security become increasingly realizable for more people.  Space technologies can contribute to this by supporting means to improve the social and economic well-being of communities often still emerging from ongoing political, economic and social processes of decolonization, from climate change and other destabilizing factors.  Chronic challenges endured by communities around the world will be raised and questions will be posed to the panelists regarding their thoughts on the potential use of space technologies to help identify and generate innovative solutions to address those complex circumstances.  Geopolitical leveraging for access to space and its resources, particularly for States in various stages of space faring capacities, will be considered.   The session hopes to impress upon the UNGA and civil society the strategic importance of space technologies to the overall geo-political and legal framework existent under the United Nations regime.

  • Agenda and List of Speakers
    • Moderator: Dr. Marlène M. Losier (Losier González, PLLC)

  • Panel #1: "Space Exploration & Our Modern World"
  • Time: 9:00 - 10:00 am EDT (New York)
  • Dr. Mohamed Al-Aseeri (NSSA)
  • Dr. Masami Onoda (JAXA)
  • Dr. Bernard Foing (EuroMoonMars)
  • Professor Michelle Hanlon (For All Moonkind)

  • Panel #2: "Satellites That Improve Life on Earth"
  • Time: 10:00 - 11:00 am EDT (New York)
  • Professor Alejandro J. Roman Molinas (Paraguayan Space Agency)
  • Mr. Michael Potter (Geeks Without Frontiers)
  • Mr. Sékou Ouedraogo (African Aeronautics & Space Organization)
  • Ms. Hazuki Mori (UNOOSA)
  • Mr. Matías Campos Abad (Astralintu Space Technologies)

  • Panel #3: "Space Technologies in our Daily Lives"
  • Time:11:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT (New York)
  • Dr. Pilar Zamora Acevedo (Colombian Space Agency)
  • Dr. Eduardo Mendoza (National Institute of Astrophysics, Optics and Electronics)
  • Ms. Ayomide A. Jide-Omole (Aerospace Qualified Entity)
  • Msr. Emma Kleiner (NASA)
  • Professor Ghanim Alotaibi (Advance Space Civilization Initiative)
  • Ms. Allyson Reneau (USA)

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Dr. Marlène M. Losier

Principal, Legal Expert in International Law, Losier González, PLLC
Dr. Marlène M. Losier is a legal expert in international law. She advises private and public clients worldwide on international and national laws relating to culture and space policies affected by maritime, terrestrial and beyond Earth considerations often resulting from the succession... Read More →

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Michael Potter

Co-Founder, Geeks Without Frontiers
DR. MICHAEL POTTERMichael is a Co-founder and Executive Director of Geeks and is a business and social entrepreneur. He co-founded NASDAQ quoted pan-European ‘Esprit Telecom’ which was sold to GTS. He is an active business and social investor and was a strategic investor and board member of Global... Read More →

Eduardo Mendoza

Investigador Titular B, Instituto Nacional de Astrofísica Óptica y Electrónica
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Masami Onoda

Director, Washington D.C. Office, Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency
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Allyson Reneau

CEO, Allyson Reneau
Allyson is a mother of 11 children, and was a 2016 graduate of Harvard University obtaining her Masters in International Relations with a focus in US Space Policy. She also attended the NASA sponsored International Space University in Montreal, and was asked to teach space entrepreneurship... Read More →
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Dr. Bernard Foing

Chief Exectuive Officer, EuronMoonMars
Dr. Bernard Foing Prof. Dr. Bernard Foing, President of Space Renaissance InternationalBernard Foing, CEO of EuroMoonMars Earth Space Innovation, is currently serving as President of Space Renaissance International. He is the Executive Director of the International Lunar Exploration Working Group ILEWG sin... Read More →
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Kim E Degnan

Alliance for Collaboration in the Exploration of Space
International Satellite Regulatory expert; International Telecommunications Union specialist. Represented Papua New Guinea; Vietnam; and other developing countries to secure GEO orbit-spectrum rights. MS-Public Policy.  Orbit-Spectrum Engineer. GEO and MEO satellite systems-Communications... Read More →
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Sékou Ouedraogo

President, African Aeronautics & Space Organisation (AASO)
Sékou Ouedraogo is the Founder and President of the African Aeronautics & Space Organisation (AASO). He is also an Associate Member of the Association of Professional Journalists in Aeronautics and Space (Europe) and a Member of the Global International Advisory Board of the Alliance... Read More →
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Dr. Ghanim Alotaibi

Professor, University of Strathclyde
Ghanim Alotaibi is Doctoral Researcher at the University of Strathclyde investigating thermal management for Solar Power Satellites based on the SPS Alpha Concept. He is also the Co-Founder for the Kuwaiti based company "Advance Space Civilization Initiative" ASCI. ASCI tries to communicate... Read More →
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Emma Kleiner

Post-Baccalaureate Researcher, Losier González, PLLC / For All Moonkind / University of Maryland, Baltimore Campus & NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Emma Kleiner is a current University of Maryland, Baltimore Campus Post-Baccalaureate Researcher at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. She is currently studying highly ionized galaxies with Dr. Antara Basu-Zych. Kleiner graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a... Read More →
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H.E. Dr. Mohamed Ebrahim Al-Aseeri

Chief Executive Officer, National Space Science Agency-Kingdom of Bahrain
Dr. Mohamed Ebrahim Al-Aseeri is the Chief Executive Officer of the National Space Science Agency (NSSA). He holds a PhD in Reactors Design from the University of Florida, USA. He also holds a Master’s degree in Reactors Design from the University of Florida, a Master’s degree... Read More →
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Alejandro J. Roman Molinas

General Director, Paraguayan Space Agency
Alejandro J. Roman Molinas is General Director of Aerospace Development for the Paraguayan Space Agency.  He is also Chair of the Committee on Emerging Ecosystems (ACCESS) for the International Astronautical Federation (IAF).  Mr. Roman Molinas is Co-Chair of the Post-2025 Strategic... Read More →
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Matias F. Campos Abad

CEO and Founder, Astralintu Space Technologies
Matías is an Ecuadorian Aerospace Engineer and Educator who returned home to Ecuador after earning his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in the United States and beginning his career in the European industry. Under his leadership as Founder & CEO, he established his country's first... Read More →
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Ayomide Adeife Jide-Omole

Associate, International Aviation Law-Aerospace Qualifies Entity (AQE)
Ayomide Adeife, Jide-Omole, LLM is a Nigerian-qualified lawyer specialising in Aviation and space law. She obtained her master's in Aviation and space from Leiden University in the Netherlands in 2020 and a Masters' in Private and Jurisprudence law from Babcock University. She is... Read More →
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Dr. Pilar Zamora Acevedo

Executive Director, Columbian Space Agency
Dr. Pilar Zamora Acevedo is Founder and Executive Director of the private initiative Colombian Space Agency (AEC https://agenciaespacialdecolombia.org).  She is Vice President for Developing Countries and Emerging Communities with the International Federation of Astronautics (I... Read More →
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Hazuki Mori

Expert, Space Applications Section, United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs
Hazuki Mori is serving as an Expert to the Space Applications Section of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) in Vienna. She has extensive experience at Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) for 7 years, and she is currently seconded from JAXA to UNOOSA... Read More →

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Kim E Degnan

Alliance for Collaboration in the Exploration of Space
International Satellite Regulatory expert; International Telecommunications Union specialist. Represented Papua New Guinea; Vietnam; and other developing countries to secure GEO orbit-spectrum rights. MS-Public Policy.  Orbit-Spectrum Engineer. GEO and MEO satellite systems-Communications... Read More →

Thursday September 14, 2023 9:00am - 12:00pm EDT