Experts on space diplomacy at home and abroad have gathered together to find ways to expand the space diplomacy network.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Aug. 12 that it held the 2021 Space Diplomacy Forum with the Science and Technology Policy Institute (STEPI)
The forum was attended by experts on space diplomacy at home and abroad, including major space development countries such as the U.S. and Germany, and the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), as well as embassy officials in Korea.
From a diplomatic perspective, they discussed the current status of space development exploration, norms, and sustainable development goals and sought ways to expand networks with major countries.
"As space exploration and development become more active around the world, international norms on the risk of space collisions, conflict settlement and space waste are needed," Vice Foreign Minister Choi Jong-moon said in a welcoming speech.
"Space-based services and technology have become more important than ever to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that the international community is currently pursuing," said Moon Mi-ok, head of the STEPI.