In September 2018, the UN Secretary-General launched an UN-wide 'Youth 2030' strategy to recognize, inter alia, young people's positive contributions as agents of change.
Space exploration is by nature a long-term, inter-generational pursuit. Involving youth in determining the future direction of space policy and exploration is essential to build a better future for humanity beyond the timeline of present leaders.
Through a variety of initiatives, including the Space4Youth Competition, opportunities for research fellowships or capacity building in space, and by giving a platform for young people worldwide to share their experiences and ideas for the sector, UNOOSA helps increase the participation of young people to space science, exploration and sustainable development.
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6 October, Vienna
To celebrate World Space Week, UNOOSA held the webinar " Voices of global youth on leveraging satellites for better lives: the winners of the UNOOSA/SGAC Space4Youth Competition" on Monday 5 October. The webinar featured ideas from young people all over the world, the winners of our 2019 and 2020 Space4Youth competition, on how to leverage space applications for sustainable development. We also had SGAC and the U.S. Mission to the International Organizations in Vienna as guests on our event. While the 2020 winners presented their essays, our 2019 winners gave us an update on their projects and told us how the Space4Youth Competition was a great experience for their personal and professional growth!
It was a fantastic moment to gather our winners together! Watch the webinar here!
9 September, Vienna
The 2020 Space4Youth Competition winners were announced! Check here who they are and read their essays!
On 8 September, UNOOSA, in collaboration with the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC), hosted a webinar to announce the winners of the Space4Youth Competition! Thanks to the support of the U.S. Mission to the International Organizations in Vienna, the winners will attend an adult space camp in the U.S.. Five additional participants received a special mention for their excellent work! It was an exciting event to showcase the results of the competition that had 400 young people from 70 countries participate, with each of the 3 winners presenting their outstanding ideas and examples from their community to leverage space for Sustainable Goal 13: Climate Action.
Watch here the webinar and listen to UNOOSA, SGAC and U.S. Permanent Mission representatives, but most of all to the presentations of the winners! A huge thanks to all participants for the inspirational work!
12 August, Vienna
Happy International Youth Day!
On 12 August, UNOOSA and other UN Vienna-based organizations celebrated Youth Day and organized a webinar on Youth Engagement for Global Action.
The webinar includes remarks by Directors and representatives of these UN Organizations and showcases successful projects focused on youth empowerment and engagement. The webinar also highlights the voices of younger people working at the Vienna International Centre, their engagement, flagship initiatives, and some information and tips to enter the UN system. Here's the webinar recording!