OOSA, in cooperation with the five ISS partner agencies (Canadian Space Agency (CSA), European Space Agency (ESA), Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos)), organized a one-day outreach seminar on the ISS in Vienna on 8 February 2011. At the seminar, the status of educational and research activities and the process of participating in research aboard the ISS were presented. The seminar established that HSTI could be a meaningful mechanism for creating awareness about the potential of ISS research and educational activities.
The United Nations Expert Meeting on International Space Station Benefits for Humanity was held in Vienna, Austria, from 11 to 12 June 2012. The meeting was organized to further discuss the identification of potential synergies between existing ISS activities and the needs of United Nations organizations, and was particularly focused on the results of ISS research and technology applications. The meeting agreed on concepts and observations in the areas of Earth observation and disaster response, health, and education. The participants concluded that further assessment of these concepts by the interested parties would be needed prior to further exploration of potential activities.
The United Nations Expert Meeting on the International Space Station Benefits for Health was held in Vienna from 19 to 20 February 2014. The Meeting focused on facilitating dialogue to extend the benefits of the International Space Station (ISS) for health. The Meeting identified various shared problems between WHO and ISS and linked the WHO leadership priorities to potentially promising solutions from space agencies in a detailed spreadsheet. The Meeting recommended follow-up activities for WHO and OOSA to further explore the ISS-related activities that could be applied towards concrete initiatives on an operational level among interested WHO parties and to organize a follow-up meeting among technical experts to discuss a way forward for this collaborative activity.
The meeting of the United Nations Office of Outer Space Affairs (OOSA) and the World Health Organization (WHO) brings together WHO representatives with representatives from the space community to assess the status of space technology-related contributions to addressing health issues, identify relevant technologies and applications that are not yet being used by the health sector, identify barriers (and potential solutions) for implementing space technology-related health solutions and consider opportunities for aligning relevant space related activities (e.g. research activities on the ISS and activities ongoing within the Group of Earth Observations (GEO) and other relevant frameworks) to the priorities of WHO.
The United Nations/Japan Cooperation Programme on Small Satellite Deployment from the International Space Station Kibo proposal will specify the collaborative activities between OOSA and JAXA on the utilization of the International Space Station Kibo for the world. It aims to provide countries with opportunities to deploy small satellites developed and manufactured by them from the ISS Kibo, and thus, promote international cooperation and capacity-building in space technology and its applications