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INTERNATIONAL SPACE FORUM

The African Chapter

Concluded the second edition of the International Space Forum promoted by Italian Space Agency and organized with the support of the International Astronautical Federation. "This Forum represents an important contribution towards the achievement of the ambitions and aspirations of the African countries in Space" says Roberto Battiston

Capacity Building, Environmental Sustainability and Space Partnerships has been the three topics of the International Space Forum (ISF) held on February 13 in Kenyan capital, Nairobi.  The meeting - the second at ministerial level after the 2016 edition in Trento (Italy) - has been focused on the African Continent: “Space Science and Academia for Sustainable Development in Africa”. 

Ministries of Science, University and Research, Space Authorities, Space Agencies, representatives from International Space Organizations and senior space experts met under the auspices of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF), the Italian Space Agency (ASI) and the Kenyan Ministry of Defence, realizing productive discussions on how Space Science and Education can support the understanding and exploitation of Space benefits for Africa’s socio-economic development. At the end of the conference the delegates from 29 African countries and 14 National (not African) and International Space Agencies has adopted a statement that summarized the main results of the discussions and provided recommendations to the African space community.  

In this framework the International Center for Space Education in Africa, located at the Broglio Space Center (BSC – San Marco Project) in Malindi (Kenya) will play a pivotal role. The final statement of ISF expected that “the Broglio Space Center could collect the African needs and propose space application activities and training for the development of the African Capacity Building to achieve the goals of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for sustainable development”. 

“Fifty years after San Marco 2, the first Italian satellite launched by a Scout rocket from the base of Malindi, this is the recognition of the importance of the Broglio Space Center”, said Roberto Battiston (in the picture above during his statement), the President of Italian Space Agency (ASI) who also expressed his warm appreciation “for the friendly atmosphere and the spirit of constructive collaboration”.  

“This 2nd regional Forum in Africa – adds Battiston -  represents an important contribution towards the achievement of the ambitions and aspirations of the African countries in Space in response also to the Millennium goals of the United Nations agenda 2030”.  

The Minister of Defence, Raychelle Omamo, who led the Kenyan Delegation in the opening remarks said that a strong space sector is a key element to deal with Africa's socio-economic, health and environmental challenges. "African countries face myriad challenges in the areas of food security, provision of clean water and health services, job creation and industrializatio", Omamo said. 

Among the other speakers, Jean-Yves Le Gall, President of the IAF and President of CNES, Jan Woerner, ESA Director General, Pascale Ehrenfreund, Chair of the DLR Executive Board and Simonetta Di Pippo, Director  of the Office for Outer Space Affairs of the United Nations. The 2nd International Space Forum in Nairobi wanted to also contribute to UNISPACE+50 and to the implementation of the goals of the UN Agenda 2030 for the sustainable development. 

An important contribute for the success of the event were provided by the Italian sponsors: Telespazio/Leonardo, Thales Alenia Space, Avio, Vitrociset, Sitael, Kaiser and OHB.