Organized by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), and the Royal Government of Thailand, on 11th October 2018, in Bangkok, the Third Ministerial Conference on Space Applications for Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific brought together ministers from across the region to agree on concrete actions that would scale up space applications to advance the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in Asia-Pacific. Dr. Li Xinjun, Secretary-General of APSCO, leading the delegation from APSCO Secretariat, participated in this historic event. He made a statement to emphasize that APSCO reaches an agreement that space applications and innovation have the potential to boost progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by leveraging space-based data and deepening regional partnerships. He also assured full support from APSCO to the implementation of the Asia-Pacific Plan of Action on Space Applications for Sustainable Development (2018–2030).
The Plan of Action was consolidated at the Ad-hoc Session of the Intergovernmental Consultative Committee on the Regional Space Application Programme for Sustainable Development, during 8-9 October, 2018, which was also attended by Dr. Manop Aorpimai, Director-General of the Department of Strategic Planning and Program Management of APSCO. It later was adopted by the Conference as a part of the Ministerial Declaration. The Asia-Pacific Plan of Action on Space Applications for Sustainable Development (2018–2030) woudl be a regionally coordinated blueprint that harnesses space applications and digital innovations to support countries in the region with, particularly those with special needs, to achieve the 2030 Agenda.