The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) is a specialist unit inside the United Nations Secretariat that seeks to assist all nations, particularly developing countries, in gaining access to and using the benefits of space to promote sustainable development. Since its conception in 1958 at the beginning of the “space race”, UNOOSA became one of the most significant committees within the UN, consisting of over 100 members.
UNOOSA promotes international collaboration in the peaceful use and exploration of space and the application of space science and technology. The Office assists any UN Member State in establishing legal and regulatory frameworks to govern space activities. It strengthens developing countries’ capacity to use space science technology and applications for development by assisting in integrating space capabilities into national development programs.
Spinning Out in the Orbit: Investigating the Issue of Collision Control and Risk Management Measures in Outer Space
Meet the Chairs!
Lorena Melisa Uysal
My name is Lorena Melisa – which is a mouthful, so I go by Mel. I am currently studying law and will be chairing UNOOSA this year. To say I am excited is an understatement, as space and space law are subjects I am particularly very passionate about.
Other than nerding about space law, I spend most of my time trying to understand how the things around us work, whether it is reading about how our brains work, why some languages have different words for ananas pineapple, to if leaves can actually see (spoiler alert: they can see). My first MUN experience was when I was 15, and I have taken part in various other simulations ever since then. It was what changed my mind about the degree I wanted to pursue, as I had studied up until the last year of high school to be a med student.
I look forward to meeting you all!
My name is Alexia and I am a second-year Communication & Information Sciences student at the University of Groningen. Owing to my interest in international relations, a bare innuendo is enough to ensure my discoursing on the latest worldwide issues. My other interests also reside (shockingly enough) in the orbit of diplomacy, ranging from history to language studies and psychology.
It was in 2018 that I attended my first MUN conference. The anticipation and suspense, the joy of discovery and the satisfaction of resolution have irreversibly lured me into joining this vibrant community. As such, one thing led to another and now it is with great pleasure that I can count GrunnMUN 2023 as my 9th MUN.
I was born in Romania, but I have been living in the Netherlands for the past 2 years to pursue my degree. When I am not undertaking academic tasks, I am most likely laughing in (fairly) inappropriate situations, road tripping, adding new flavors to my impressive tea collection, discovering new coffee spots, and lastly, cryptically making music playlists to attune them to moods, places and moments.
To sum things up, I cannot wait to meet all of you and make GrunnMUN 2023!
Fun fact: It is said that one can never forget how to ride a bike. This one actually did.