UNISPACE+50 Symposium

18 - 19 June 2018

Vienna International Centre, Vienna, Austria



In support of the 50 th anniversary of the first United Nations Conference on the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNISPACE+50), the first United Nations global space summit of the 21st century, the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs is organizing on 18 - 19 June 2018, as a special part of UNISPACE+50, a dedicated symposium to foster international cooperation and exchange views on the challenges towards Space2030 and the future of space. This symposium will feature exciting talks from a wide range of experts from space agencies, who will address the role of space science and technology in fostering global development and cooperation, and how space is generating innovation and new opportunities for society.

General Information and Registration


The high-level panel and the special sessions will host keynote speakers and distinguished experts and strong supporters of global space activities as well as promoters of Space2030, including the established four pillars of space economy, space society, space accessibility and space diplomacy. Main emphasis will be given by the invited speakers on the 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 space community, including United Nations entities, international, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, and the private sector; entrepreneurial and business 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, kindly express your interest by completing the registration form. Deadline for registration is 2 April 2018. You will only receive an official invitation letter upon successful application.

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Agenda at-a-glance

  Monday, 18 June 2018 Tuesday, 19 June 2018
09:30 - 10:00 Opening Remarks by Office for Outer Space Affairs 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
Panel of Heads of Space Agencies
Coffee Break  
12:00 - 13:30 Space and Industries Space and Civil Society
Lunch Break  
15:00 - 16:30 Space for Women Space for Youth (including Satellite Selfie (TBC))

Special Sessions


As highlighted in the "Space2030" agenda and mandated by the Committee on Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, the Office on the one hand is working on strengthening its cooperation with industry and the private sector as well as on the other hand to build on its traditional good 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 the possibility of 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 for 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 university students and young researchers, engineers and professionals 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

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