Ms. Simonetta Di Pippo, Director of UNOOSA, carried out an official visit to El Salvador, which was arranged by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Permanent Mission of El Salvador to the United Nations Office at Vienna as a follow-up to the recent incorporation of El Salvador as a member of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space. He mission to El Salvador served to provide visibility to the on-going efforts conducted by UNOOSA and the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space to define the 2030 Space Agenda through the UNISPACE+50 process.
Two key activities in her visit included presentations to high ranking officers in government ministries and technical staff on the role and activities conducted by UNOOSA and the on-going UNISPACE+50 process. In addition, the opportunity was used by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of El Salvador and UNOOSA to sign an memorandum of agreement as a way to conduct joint efforts to enhance the use of integrated space applications in a variety of efforts in El Salvador as a way to contribute to sustainable development, disaster risk reduction and climate change efforts.
During her visit, the Director of UNOOSA met with representatives of several government agencies including the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (MARN), the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG), the Civil Protection Directorate, the National Geographic Institute, the Vice Ministry of Science and Technology, and the Secretariat of the Central American Integration System (SICA).