UNISPACE+50 Symposium
18 - 19 June 2018
M Building, Vienna International Centre, Vienna, Austria

Background

UNISPACE+50

UNISPACE+50 is a milestone opportunity to consider the broad societal benefits of space as an area of innovation, inspiration, interconnectedness, integration and investment. The event will bring together the international community to discuss how to enhance the use of space as a driver for sustainable development.

The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs is organizing on 18 - 19 June 2018 a dedicated UNISPACE+50 Symposium for the wider space community to exchange views on the future of international space cooperation and the peaceful uses of outer space. This symposium will feature exciting talks from a wide range of experts from around the world, who will address the past, present and future role of space science and technology in fostering global development and cooperation. Over the two days participants will hear from a series of high-level panel discussions, including a panel with Heads of Space Agencies from a wide range of United Nations Member States.

General Information and Registration

Speakers

The high-level panel and the special sessions will host keynote speakers, distinguished experts and strong supporters of global space activities and consider the four pillars of space economy, space society, space accessibility and space diplomacy. An emphasis will be on cross-cutting and strategic areas in which space is a main driver and contributor to overarching development goals and strengthened international cooperation, in particular for the benefit of developing countries.

Who should attend

All Member States of the United Nations and experts from the broader space community, including United Nations entities, international, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, the private sector and industry, the entrepreneurial, business and academic community, researchers involved in the use of space activities, and civil society leaders.

Please note that the participation is limited and upon the receipt of an official invitation letter only. If you are not a member of an official delegation of your country or an organization participating in the 61 st session of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS), to be held from 20 to 29 June 2018, please note that you will only receive an official invitation letter upon successful application.

The registration for self-funded participants has been CLOSED.

Practical information for participants is available here. A list of suggested hotels in Vienna is available  here.

Agenda at-a-glance

 

Monday 18 June 2018

 

Tuesday 19 June 2018

09:30 - 10:00

Opening Remarks by Office for Outer Space Affairs

09:30 - 10:00

Introductory Remarks by Office for Outer Space Affairs
Keynote address by Scott KELLY, UN Champion for Space  (former NASA astronaut)

10:00 - 11:30

High-Level Panel

10:00 - 11:30

Space and Civil Society

11:30 - 12:00

Coffee Break

 

11:30 - 12:00

Coffee Break

 

12:00 - 13:30

Space and Industries

12:00 - 13:30

Space and Youth

13:30 - 15:00

Lunch Break

13:30 - 15:00

Lunch Break

15:00 - 16:30

Space for Women

15:00 - 17:00

Panel of Heads of Space Agencies

 

Special Sessions

Space and Industries / Space and Civil Society

As mandated by the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, the Office is working both on strengthening its cooperation with industry and the private sector and on building on its traditional positive and fruitful cooperation with civil society representatives in order to deliver its mandates as the unique United Nations entity working in space affairs. These sessions will focus on joint Office for Outer Space Affairs and private, industry and civil society activities to promote space-based applications and technologies as well as space law and policy for innovative and timely actions to support Member States in meeting the objectives of the global development agendas.

Space for Women

The Office for Outer Space Affairs has been mandated to define innovative and effective approaches to overall capacity-building and development needs, with a special focus on the empowerment of women in developing countries, in particular by strengthening their participation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics education. This session will focus on the Office's leading role in the implementation of the "Space for Women" initiative as endorsed during the United Nations Expert Meeting on Space for Women in 2017.

Space and Youth

The rapidly changing space environment, and its growing accessibility, make it even more important that the future of space and the space sector are discussed. The "Space for Youth" session will therefore provide a forum to discuss technical advancements and findings in space and new opportunities for society, as well as to enthuse research interest and provide networking.

More information

Please contact us at unoosa-highlevelforum[@]un.org

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