United Nations/Austria World Space Forum

'Access to Space4All'

Vienna International Centre (VIC), Vienna, Austria, 18 - 22 November 2019

Co-organized by

The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA),


The Federal Ministry of the Republic of Austria Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT)

Co-sponsored by the European Space Agency (ESA)

Supported by

Federal Ministry of the Republic of Austria for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs (BMEIA)

Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG)



The 2019 World Space Forum has concluded. Information on the 2020 World Space Forum will be forthcoming.


The year 2018 was exciting for the international community, with the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) hosting UNISPACE+50, which celebrated the 50 th anniversary of the United Nations Conference on Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNISPACE). The event brought over 800 participants from all over the world together in Vienna, including representatives from over 30 space agencies. A key policy outcome of UNISPACE+50 was the international community's agreement, endorsed by the United Nations General Assembly (A/RES/73/91), to establish a Space2030 agenda. The Space2030 agenda is envisioned as a comprehensive strategy for reaffirming and strengthening the contribution of space activities and technologies to the achievement of global agendas such as the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Paris Agreement and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.




Launched in November 2019, the WORLD SPACE FORUM is a new event series hosted by the United Nations that is built on the recommendations generated at three High-Level Fora held from 2016 to 2018.The sequence of Fora demonstrated the growing interest of an increasing number of actors in discussing the future of space and of international cooperation along the pillars of space economy, space society, space accessibility and space diplomacy. Going forward, the World Space Forum will take the place of the High Level Forum.

The United Nations aims to leverage innovative solutions and technological developments to realise common sustainable development goals, and attention is increasingly placed on the unique potential of space technologies in this endeavour. It is therefore important to build on the outcomes of UNISPACE+50 and take advantage of the momentum it generated to ensure that the current exchanges fully capture the political, legal and capacity building elements of international cooperation in space exploration.

As we look ahead to the future and welcome more actors to the space arena, international cooperation for a sustainable space environment is essential. Together with its partners, the United Nations stands ready to facilitate productive and impactful international cooperation in the peaceful uses of outer space.

As the only Office in the United Nations system that deals exclusively with the peaceful uses of outer space, UNOOSA is in a unique position to bring together all relevant stakeholders to make a difference and to ensure that the benefits of space are available to the broadest possible user base, in all countries around the world.

The United Nations / Austria WORLD SPACE FORUM therefore focuses on 'Access to Space4All', with the goal of leveraging space technologies to their full potential in order to achieve sustainable economic and social development globally.

Who should attend

The  WORLD SPACE FORUM brings together experts and policymakers from regional, national and local institutions, private organizations, academic institutions, non-governmental organizations and international organizations, who exchange views on the four pillars of  space economy, space society, space accessibility and space diplomacy.



Background Documents

  • Practical Information: Find hotel recommendations, how to get around in Vienna and further information to plan your participation in the World Space Forum

Draft Programme and Objectives


Logistic Information


World Space Forum presentations

Working Language

The working language of WSF is English.

Poster exhibit

A WSF 2019 poster exhibit was organized to allow speakers and participants to present and exchange ideas and initiatives. The posters were grouped by subject and authors were invited to accompany their respective posters during specific 'poster sessions' according to the schedule in the programme.

Technical Tour

Technical Tour registration is now closed.

Sponsorship of the Forum

The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), the Federal Ministry of the Republic of Austria Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT) the European Space Agency (ESA), Federal Ministry of the Republic of Austria for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs (BMEIA), Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG), the City of Vienna. Sponsorship of the Forum is open to other interested entities.

Expected Participants

The World Space Forum is brought together around 200 participants from national, regional, and international public and private organizations and institutions including. The target audience was decision-makers from government agencies (space agencies, ministries, etc.); high-ranking officials from regional and international agencies involved; representatives and experts from the United Nations agencies. Additionally, experts from the space community; entrepreneurial and business academic community and policy makers; experts from international Centres of Excellence; researchers involved in the use of space activities; representatives of the private sector in the space and non-space fields; and civil society leaders are also encouraged to express interest.

Participation requirements

Applicants must have well-established professional working experience in the fields related to the topics of the Forum. Applicants, who can demonstrate that this Forum is central to their professional activities and/or responsibilities, are selected on a priority basis. Applications from qualified female participants are particularly encouraged.

Designated participants have opportunities to prepare a presentation of approximately 10 - 20 minutes on topics relevant to the Forum objectives. Presentations on actual ongoing projects/initiatives to showcase best practices are of particular interest to participants of the Forum. In addition, they are expected to contribute to reporting activities of the Forum. It is also necessary to submit an abstract of presentation with a maximum of 600 words including the following details: Paper Title, Author (s) Name(s), Affiliation(s), and e-mail address for the presenting author.

Presentations made at the Forum are published on the website of the Office for Outer Space Affairs ( www.unoosa.org) approximately two weeks after the Forum has concluded.

Financial support

Within the limited financial resources available, a number of selected participants are offered financial support to attend the Forum. This financial support defrays the cost of travel (a round trip airticket - most economic fare - between an airport of international departure in their home country and an airport close to the Forum's venue) and/or the room and board expenses for the duration of the Forum. The co-sponsors of the Forum jointly select participants on a competitive basis. Successful applicants are notified within two weeks after the application deadline.

Application Deadlines

For those seeking financial support - the completed application form together with the presentation abstract should be submitted on-line no later than Sunday, 01 September 2019.

For self-funded participants - the completed application form together with the requested information should be submitted on-line no later than Sunday, 27 October 2018.

Life and Health Insurance

Life/major health insurance for each of the selected participants is necessary and is the responsibility of the candidate or his/her institution or Government. The co-sponsors assume no responsibility for life and major health insurance, nor for expenses related to medical treatment or accidents.

Contact Information

For information regarding the submission of nominations for attendance and funding as well as the programme and sponsorship of the Forum please contact:

UNOOSA - World Space Forum Organizing Team

E-Mail: unoosa-highlevelforum[@]un.org

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