If there is one thing that 27 EU member states agree on it is that we all believe in rules-based multilateralism. We repeat, almost mantra like, that we want a strong UN as the beating heart of the multilateral system. The Security Council is the world’s highest multilateral authority and it has the last word on matters of peace and security. I was very pleased to address the Security Council on the EU-UN cooperation (see here) and to express the EU’s strong support for the UN’s work, with concrete contributions in many areas and especially on peace and security.
Digital cooperation was high on the EU's agenda at this year's United Nations General Assembly in New York. For EU High Representative Federica Mogherini, the focus was on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems (LAWS), as well as promoting multilateral cooperation in this field and using digital technologies for mediation.
More than a thousand government, business and thought leaders from around the world gathered in Brussels today for the inaugural Europa Connectivity Forum. This event brings to life the EU's global connectivity strategy. The Strategy looks to leverage the EU's leadership in developing networks – from cross-border, infrastructure, to digital and people-to-people, promoting global partnerships for fair and sustainable development.
The US Air Force 18th Space Control Squadron forewarns a potential ‘conjunction’ between the European Space Agency's Aeolus satellite and Starlink44, on 2 September at 11:02 UTC. Experts in ESA’s Space Debris Office calculate the collision probability. As days pass, probability of collision increases, and by Wednesday 28 August the team reaches out to Starlink to discuss options. Starlink do not plan to take action. ESA’s threshold for conducting an avoidance manoeuvre is a collision probability of more than 1 in 10000, which is reached by Thursday evening. On Sunday the decision is made to implement the manoeuvre. On Monday 2 September, a series of thruster burns are triggered at 10:14, 10:17 and 10:18 UTC, half an orbit before the potential collision – the first ever 'collision avoidance manoeuvre' performed by ESA to protect one of its spacecraft from colliding with a satellite in a large constellation.