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    UNIS/MA/78
    20 October 2014

    MEDIA ADVISORY

    Press Conference

    United Nations/Mexico Symposium

    "Making Space Technology Accessible and Affordable"

    ENSENADA/MEXICO 20 October (UN Information Service) - Media are invited to a press conference, held during the United Nations/Mexico Symposium on "Making Space Technology Accessible and Affordable", hosted by the Centre for Scientific Research and Higher Education (CICESE) and the Mexican Space Agency (AEM) on behalf of the Government of Mexico.    

    Where: CICESE Headquarters, Carretera Ensenada-Tijuana No. 3918, Ensenada, Mexico

    When:    Monday, 20 October from 10 to 11 a.m. PDT (7 to 8 p.m. CEST)

    Live Webcast: http://videoserver-cpi.cicese.mx

    Speakers:

                Omar Charfén, Coordinator of Decentralized Agencies, Ministry of Communications and
                Transports, Mexico
                Federico Graef, General Director of the Centre for Scientific Research and Higher Education in
                Ensenada (CICESE)
                Gilberto Hirata, Mayor of Ensenada
                Bladimiro Hernández Díaz, Comptroller General of Baja California State Government
                Oscar López Bonilla, Vice-Rector of the Autonomous University of Baja California (UABC)
                Javier Mendieta, General Director of the Mexican Space Agency (AEM)

    The Symposium, organized under the Basic Space Technology Initiative (BSTI) of the UN Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) will bring together more than 150 international space technology experts to discuss capacity building in basic space technology development, in particular the development of small satellites, with a focus on activities in the Latin America and the Caribbean region. Further details on the Symposium are available at:

    http://www.unoosa.org/oosa/en/SAP/bsti/mexico2014.html

    Live Webcast of the opening of the symposium: 9 a.m. PDT (6 p.m. CEST)

    http://www.ustream.tv/search?q=cicese
    https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=cicese
    http://live.cicese.mx/live/streaming.html

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    The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) is responsible for promoting international cooperation in the peaceful uses of outer space and assisting developing countries in using space science and technology for the benefit of humankind. www.unoosa.org

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    For further information please contact:

    Norma Herrera
    Chief, Department of Communications
    Centre for Scientific Research and Higher Education (CICESE)
    Telephone: +52 646 175 05 31
    Email: Nherrera[at]cicese.mx

    or

    Sinead Harvey
    Associate Programme Officer
    United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA)
    Telephone: +43 126060 8718
    Email: sinead.harvey[at]unoosa.org
    Website: www.unoosa.org