The ACCIMT as Sri Lanka’s National Focal Agency for Space Technologies and Applications is actively engaged in the regional, global as well as bilateral collaborative platforms on space technology capacity development.
Sri Lanka becomes member of the apex UN body on Space – UN COPUOS
Sri Lanka was admitted to the apex UN body on space; United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, popularly known as UN COPUOS.
Following the proceedings at the 58th session of the UN COPUOS, which was held in Vienna in June this year the matter was forwarded to the United Nations general assembly, where the resolution pertaining to Sri Lanka’s admission to the UN COPUOS, along with five other states was adopted by the 4th committee of the UN general assembly on October 29, 2015.
Sri Lanka admitted full member status of UN COPUOS within a short span of a few months since becoming an observer in February this year. The matter was initiated by the ACCIMT as the national focal agency for Space Technology Applications for the country with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs duly contributed on the formalities.
The country’s admission to this apex body would mean its active involvement of the policy, regulatory, legal as well as technology development matters pertaining space at the highest level, thereby protecting the interest of the nation in the international arena of space activities and contributing to the development of national capability in space technology applications.
Please Visit UN COPUOS for more info : http://www.unoosa.org/oosa/en/ourwork/copuos/index.html
Regional Space Application Programme (RESAP) of UNESCAP
Sri Lanka represented by the ACCIMT as the National Focal Agency and have been an active member of Regional Space Application Programme (RESAP) of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP)
- Sri Lanka got selected for Space Technology Applications for Agricultural Drought Monitoring and Early Warning project.
- Sri Lanka selected to implement Asia Pacific Regional Plan of Action on Application of Space Technologies for Sustainable Development and Disaster Risk Reduction.
- Director General of the ACCIMT was elected for the Chairmanship during 2011/2012 and 2014/2015 and the Vice-Chairmanship during 2010/2011, 2012/2013 and 2015/2016 of the Intergovernmental Consultative Committee and was then elected to the Chair of the High Level Decision Makers Meeting on the Five-year Asia-Pacific Regional Action Plan in November 2013, with Eng. Sanath Panawennage, Director- General and CEO of the ACCIMT, officiating in the position in each occasion.
Please Visit UNESCAP for more info : http://www.unescap.org/our-work/ict-disaster-risk-reduction/space-technologies-and-gis-applications-sustainable-development/about
United Nation affiliated Centre for Space Science and Technology Education in Asia and the Pacific (CSSTEAP)
Approximately 45 Sri Lankan scientists and engineers provided specialized postgraduate training in RS/GIS, Satellite Communication, Space and Atmospheric Sciences, Satellite Meteorology, Global Navigation and Satellite Systems. In addition approximately 35 Sri Lankan professionals have been provided with short term training in the same as well as related areas.
Please Visit CSSTEAP for more info : http://www.cssteap.org/
ACCIMT – HIST Collaborations on Application of Space Technologies for Natural and Cultural Heritage
Human Resource capacity building on application of space technology in the fields of Archeology, Forestry and Wild life through specialized training in China.
Please Visit HIST for more info : http://www.unesco-hist.org/en-us/
Enhancement of the capacity building through space education the ACCIMT has provided many opportunities for the school teachers and school children in the country in collaboration with Asia Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum (APRSAF) since 2005.
Being a member of the Space Education Working Group (SE WG) of APRSAF the ACCIMT conducts following activities to provide education and training opportunities for the young generation in space science and technology