At the 56th session of the STSC, the Republic of Belarus was represented by a delegation consisting of the head of Department on space activity of the NASB staff Ivan Bucha, director of the Scientific and Engineering Republican Unitary Enterprise "Geoinformation Systems" Sergey Zolotoy and the representative of the Embassy of the Republic of Belarus in the Republic of Austria Igor Mishkorudny.
Delegations from more than 80 countries, as well as observers from the European Union, the European Space Agency, the International Astronautical Federation and representatives from a number of international governmental and non-governmental organizations took part in the session.
The session considered reports on national space activities submitted by states, long-term sustainability of space activities, space debris control, the use of space technologies for sustainable socio-economic development, remote space sensing of the Earth, monitoring, prevention and response to emergencies using space equipment and space technology, the needs and possibilities of using small satellites for space weather monitoring, the use of space technology for economic, social and cultural development of the states. The reports of the STSC working groups on the use of nuclear power sources in space, on space and world health protection, as well as a brief report of the working group on developing a sustainable development strategy of world space activities until 2030 "Cosmos 2030" were considered and approved.
During the session, Ivan Bucha spoke about the 31st International Congress of Association of Space Flight Participants which was held in September 2018 in Minsk and demonstrate a video about the space forum. Sergey Zolotoy reported about creation and development of a multi-level Belarusian space system for remote sensing of the Earth using space, aviation and ground-based remote sensing equipment and technologies.
Participation in the forum made it possible to present at a high international level the activities of the Republic of Belarus in the space sphere, and contributed to the further development of contacts with countries engaged in space activities.
According to the Space Research Agency of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus