In September 2018, the UN Secretary-General launched an UN-wide ' Youth 2030' strategy to recognize, inter alia, young people's positive contributions as agents of change. The strategy notes the United Nations is uniquely placed to act as a source of protection and support for young people and a platform through which their needs can be addressed, their voice can be amplified, and their engagement can be advanced.
As the UN's gateway to space, the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) works, on behalf of all countries, to provide space solutions to real-world problems.
To support the first priority of the 'Youth 2030' strategy, namely "Engagement, Participation and Advocacy to Amplify youth voices for the promotion of a peaceful, just and sustainable world", the office decided to launch this Space for Youth Competition together with the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC).
This is your chance to have your voice heard at the international space community level at large and to show how the next generation of students and young professionals can contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals through space applications.
First, select one of the 17 SDGs on which you would like to focus your submission (for 1st Round and 2nd Round).
Then submit the link to a 3-minute video uploaded on YouTube in which you reply to the following questions:
1) In your opinion, how can space contribute to the SDGs in general?
2) In particular, how is space contributing to one SDG of your choice? Provide example(s) from your community and experience
3) How could these examples be built upon and expanded in the future?
*The title of your video should be "First Name_Last Name_SDGs Number_Space for Youth"
*All submissions shall be made by 22 March, 23:59 GMT 14 April 2019, 23:59 CET for the 1st Round. Any submissions after the deadlines will not be considered.
For the second round, the selected participants will have to submit a paper expanding on the first's round questions.
Competition and Award
There will be a total of 17 winners to this competition (1 for each SDG). The winners will get opportunities to :
What are the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)?
Find out more about all 17 SDGs:
Find out more about space and sustainable development:
The Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) is a global non-governmental, non-profit (US 501(c)3) organisation and network which aims to represent university students and young space professionals ages 18-35 to the United Nations, space agencies, industry, and academia. Headquartered in Vienna, Austria, the SGAC network of members, volunteers and alumni has grown to more than 15 000 members representing more than 150 countries.
To learn more about SGAC, including details on how to register as a member, please see here.
Be part of the voice of the next generation of Space leaders!