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Jakarta - 20 Oct 2022

News Number: N/17/2022

UN conference explores new frontiers on space applications for sustainable development

Photo credit: ESCAP

Countries are set to gather next week in Jakarta to assess the potential of space applications and technological innovations to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and other development-related activities.

The Fourth Ministerial Conference on Space Applications for Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific, jointly organized by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the Government of Indonesia, will meet under the theme “Space+ for our Earth and Future.” The Conference is expected to adopt a ministerial declaration recognizing the utility of space-based data and deepening regional partnerships to support countries in their recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and other crises.

The Conference will also discuss concrete country-driven regional initiatives to support the implementation of the second phase of the Asia-Pacific Plan of Action on Space Applications for Sustainable Development (2018-2030), which addresses 14 of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

Members of the media are invited to cover the event as follows:

What:     The Fourth Ministerial Conference on Space Applications for Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific

When:    Wednesday, 26 October 2022, 09:00 - 16:30 (GMT+7, Jakarta time)

Where:   Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Mega Kuningan, Jakarta, Indonesia and webcasted live at

Key speakers:

  • Joko Widodo, President of Indonesia (tbc – video keynote message)
  • Suharso Monoarfa, Minister for National Development Planning and Head of the National Development Planning Agency (BAPPENAS) of Indonesia 
  • Laksana Tri Handoko, Chair of the National Research and Innovation Agency of Indonesia (BRIN)
  • Susil Premajayantha, Minister for Education of Sri Lanka
  • Joel Joseph S. Marciano Jr., Director General of the Philippine Space Agency
  • Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of ESCAP
  • Petteri Taalas, Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization (video message)

For more information and the full programme:

For media attending in-person at Ritz-Carlton Hotel Jakarta, please register in advance at:

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