Represented by the National Space Science Agency (NSSA), the Kingdom of Bahrain participated in the 58th Session of the Scientific and Technical Subcommittee of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS), that was hosted by Vienna and held over 19 to 30 April 2021.
The Kingdom of Bahrain’s delegation compromised His Excellency engineer Dr. Mohamed Ebrahim Al-Aseeri, CEO of NSSA; Dr. Mohammed Jassim Al-Othman, an adviser to NSSA; and engineer Muneera Al-Maliki, a member of the Bahrain Space Team. The meeting reviewed Bahrain’s space activities and the efforts exerted in achieving all public policy objectives of space through the implementation of the 2019–2023 Strategic Plan, including NSSA’s main objectives of creating a sustainable space sector.
Commenting on this participation, Dr. Mohammed Ebrahim Al-Aseeri said,
“Through participation in the meeting of this committee and other committees of UNOOSA, NSSA aims at highlighting the role of the Kingdom of Bahrain as an active member of the international space community and at emphasizing its obligation to achieve the vision of “the peaceful utilization of the outer space”, subject to the principles provided for in the United Nations conventions for the outer space”.
Bahrain has joined a number of such conventions. NSSA also endeavors to enhance its relationships with governmental and other international organizations in light of the great importance of the strategic objectives of NSSA.
Dr. Al-Aseeri added,
“The agenda of the 58th meeting of the Scientific and Technical Subcommittee included a diverse list of space-related topics, the most prominent of which was the utilization of space technologies to achieve sustainable development objectives and to support global health efforts, the sustainability of outer space activities and the long-term use of nuclear energy sources. A number of meetings covered subjects of preserving the space environment in terms of reducing space debris and making good use of orbits of all kinds, in a manner that gives all countries the right to benefit from space technologies that have become an essential component of the countries’ infrastructure”.
In addition to representatives of a number of international organizations and leading higher education institutions in the fields of space science, about 200 officials and experts representing member states of UNOOSA participated in the meetings, which lasted for about 11 days. The meeting enriched the scientific and technical aspects of discussions and offered solutions for a number of challenges facing the space community.
Since it has become a member of UNOOSA, NSSA has been acting as the representative for the Kingdom of Bahrain. It has actively participated in all committees and subcommittees and has presented scientific, technological and legal opinions on many occasions. Recently, NSSA participated in all of the preparatory activities of the scientific and technological subcommittee of COPUOS. In a substantial way, NSSA participated in discussions on a number of relevant topics.