The first United Nations Conference on the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNISPACE I) was held in 1968. The year 2018 will mark its 50 th anniversary (UNISPACE+50), and will be a fitting time to take stock of the contributions of all three UNISPACE conferences, held in 1968, 1982 and 1999 respectively, to global governance of space activities in order to ensure the benefits of space for future generations.
The United Nations/United Arab Emirates High Level Forum agreed in 2016 that the Forum will continue to serve as a driver for exchange to promote dialogue between governments, international organizations, industry, the private sector, academia and civil society, to connect the four pillars of UNISPACE+50 and Space2030 (space economy, space society, space accessibility and space diplomacy) and to facilitate partnerships with the Office for Outer Space Affairs. Furthermore, in order to implement this goal, it was underlined that the Forum should become a permanent platform for strengthened partnerships among all stakeholders in working towards Space2030.
As highlighted in the Dubai Declaration, adopted on 24 November 2016 at the High Level Forum: Space as a Driver for Socioeconomic Sustainable Development, held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, ( A/AC.105/1129) UNISPACE+50 is a milestone opportunity to demonstrate the broad societal benefits of space as an area of innovation, inspiration, interconnectedness, integration and investment, and to strengthen unified efforts at all levels and among all relevant stakeholders in the space sector.
Looking towards UNISPACE+50 in 2018, the series of high level fora: Space as a Driver for Socioeconomic Sustainable Development, under the umbrella of the United Nations, are a unique opportunity for the collective space community to address these cross-sectoral areas by integrating economic, environmental, social, policy and regulatory dimensions of space in pursuit of global sustainable development.
The four-day United Nations/United Arab Emirates High Level Forum will aim to build stronger partnerships and international cooperation and coordination in the peaceful uses of outer space at all levels.
During the first two days the forum will include the presentation of lessons learned and new ideas on the established four pillars of space economy, space society, space accessibility and space diplomacy, including all their interactions and inter-linkages as outlined in the Dubai Declaration. The following two days will bring together decision makers from governments, space agencies, and other stakeholders to discuss the plan-of-action in preparation for UNISPACE+50 and beyond.