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)



Please note that the participation is limited and upon the receipt of an official confirmation letter only. You will only receive an official invitation letter upon successful application with further information.


The year 2018 was an exciting year for the international community, with the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) hosting UNISPACE+50, celebrating the 50 th anniversary of the United Nations Conference on Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNISPACE), in Vienna. The event brought together over 800 participants from all over the world and over 30 space agencies. Of the many highlights at UNISPACE+50, a key policy outcome 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 space tools to the achievement of global agendas and addressing long-term sustainable development concerns of humankind.



Stemming from the sequence of three High-Level Fora (2016 through 2018), new event series, launching in November 2019, takes the recommendations from its previous gatherings to a next level and is making its subsequent step in the evolution towards an 'WORLD SPACE FORUM' under the umbrella of the United Nations.

The series of High-Level Fora has demonstrated the growing interest of the ever-increasing number of actors in discussing the future of space and the cooperation among all along the clearly structured approach to space economy, space society, space accessibility and space diplomacy.

Innovative solutions and new technology developments have always been high on the agenda of the United Nations. With global challenges and the common objectives enshrined in the major global agendas - 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Paris Agreement and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction - the unique power of space affairs and its essentiality for the realisation of the common goals came to the centre of attention within the United Nations. It is therefore important to build on the outcomes of UNISPACE+50 and take advantage of the current momentum to ensure that the Space2030 agenda fully captures the broad breadth of perspectives across the political, legal and capacity building elements of supporting 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 work with each and every one to facilitate productive, impactful international cooperation for the peaceful uses of outer space.

As a gateway to space and a capacity-builder, UNOOSA is challenged on a daily basis to make sure that the benefits of space are available to the broadest possible user base, in all countries worldwide. Being the only Office in the United Nations system dealing exclusively with the peaceful uses of outer space, places the Office in a unique position of a facilitator between all relevant stakeholders, and the Office has taken advantage of its global reach and contributes to making a difference in the space sector.

The United Nations / Austria WORLD SPACE FORUM will therefore focus on 'Access to Space4All' to put space technology at a service of sustainable economic and social development on a global basis.

Who should attend

The WORLD SPACE FORUM in Vienna will bring together experts and policymakers from regional, national and local institutions, private organizations, academic institutions, non-governmental organizations and international organizations to take advantage of the unique setting under the umbrella of the United Nations to advance the exchange of views of the broader space community on the four pillars of space economy, space society, space accessibility and space diplomacy with the aim to shape future oriented objectives and to contribute ideas and collect proposals on the way forward on the new and renewed mandate for the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNCOPUOS) and UNOOSA included in the Space 2030 Agenda and its implementation plan.



Background Documents

  • Coming Soon

Draft Programme and Objectives


Logistic Information


The presentations made at the World Space Forum will be made available online.

Working Language

The working language of WSF 2019 will be English.

Poster exhibit

A WSF 2019 poster exhibit will be organized to allow speakers and participants to present and exchange ideas and initiatives. The posters will be grouped by subject and authors will be invited to accompany their respective posters during specific 'poster sessions' according to the schedule in the programme. Please indicate in your application if your are interested in participating in the poster exhibition.

Technical Tour

More information on the Technical Tour and the registration requirements are coming soon.

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 expected to bring together around 150 participants from national, regional, and international public and private organizations and institutions including. The target audience is 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, will be selected on a priority basis. Applications from qualified female participants are particularly encouraged.

Designated participants will have the opportunity 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 will be 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 will be published on the website of the Office for Outer Space Affairs ( www.unoosa.org) approximately two weeks after the Forum concluded.

Financial support

Within the limited financial resources available, a number of selected participants will be offered financial support to attend the Forum. This financial support will defray 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 will jointly select participants on a competitive basis. Successful applicants will be 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 will not assume any 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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